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Pokémon Battle Revolution
ポケモンバトルレボリューション
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Boxart of Pokémon Battle Revolution
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Basic info
Platform: Wii
Category: Battle Simulation
Players: Single and multiplayer
Connectivity: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation IV side series
Ratings
CERO: A
ESRB: E
ACB: G
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 7
GRB: N/A
Release dates
Japan: December 14, 2006[1]
North America: June 25, 2007[2]
Australia: November 22, 2007[3]
Europe: December 7, 2007[4]
South Korea: N/A
Websites
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
Nintendo.co.jp
English: Pokémon.com
Nintendo.com
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Pokémon Battle Revolution Japanese boxart
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Pokémon Battle Revolution (Japanese: ポケモンバトルレボリューション Pokémon Battle Revolution) is the first Pokémon game for the Wii. It supports connectivity with the Nintendo DS, allowing Trainers to battle using their Pokémon from the Generation IV main series games while using their Nintendo DS as a controller. It was released in Japan on December 14, 2006, two weeks after the Wii launch, and in the United States on June 25, 2007.

Gameplay

Revolution Title Screen
Pokétopia

Pokémon Battle Revolution features eleven different colosseums in a new area called Pokétopia. Other features include stadiums that have their own special effects, such as randomizing the order of one’s Pokémon.

Players can fully customize their Trainer to use on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Players can customize their characters with hats, shirts, glasses, and other things. Additionally, for the U.S. release, Nintendo had added the option to customize a Trainer’s skin pigmentation. A key difference from this game compared to the Stadium titles is that minigames are absent from this game. A Trainer can choose 6 Pokémon and get a Rental Pass; however, if Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver is connected, a player can upload their trained Pokémon and get a Custom Pass.

Key differences from other Pokémon console games shown are that the Pokémon can now actually strike at the opponent physically while both Pokémon are rendered on the screen, instead of seeing one Pokémon attacking and then cutting away to the second getting hit by the attack as in previous titles. Moves that do not contact, however, follow the same style as the older games to keep the pace of gameplay up. When an attack that strikes both opposing Pokémon is performed, it may hit both of them on screen simultaneously, instead of showing it as the attack striking one Pokémon first then the second Pokémon next. The game also features a 100 Trainer battle when it is completed for the first time.

Like the two Stadium Games, Pokémon Battle Revolution features an announcer that provides play-by-play commentary.

Blurb

BRING YOUR BATTLE TO THE BIG SCREEN!
Grab a Battle Pass, customise your Trainer and battle your way to the rank of Pokétopia Master! Or, battle against up to three friends with Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl using your Nintendo DS system as a controller!

Starter Pokémon

In Pokémon Battle Revolution, the player's starter Pokémon are determined by the gender specified on their Rental Pass or Custom Pass. They are all at level 50.

Male players start out with the following Pokémon:

388Grotle.png
Grotle
391Monferno.png
Monferno
394Prinplup.png
Prinplup
404Luxio.png
Luxio
444Gabite.png
Gabite
397Staravia.png
Staravia

Female players start out with the following Pokémon:

002Ivysaur.png
Ivysaur
005Charmeleon.png
Charmeleon
008Wartortle.png
Wartortle
148Dragonair.png
Dragonair
111Rhyhorn.png
Rhyhorn
018Pidgeot.png
Pidgeot

Colosseums

The game features eleven different colosseums, each with special changes to normal play or prerequisites and either a Colosseum Leader or Colosseum Master. The six Colosseum Leaders wear Pokémon costumes; for example, Marina of the Waterfall Colosseum wears a Kyogre costume. Also, the Crystal Colosseum can hold up to 16 players, the battles are done in a 16 person tournament mode. After beating the Pokétopia Championship, the player is given a Pikachu with Volt Tackle, Surf, and a held Light Ball (such a Pikachu is impossible for a player to make by normal means). Each level rule (Level 30 Open and Level 50 All) for a Colosseum has a specific ranking, which goes up as the player wins. As the rank increases, the Trainers become stronger and the Poké Coupon rewards become greater. Around Rank 7, the Leaders, and even Trainers, will begin to use legendary Pokémon.

Shop

Using the Poké Coupons earned in Battle mode, the player can shop for Gear and Mystery Gifts.

Gear

Gear consists of hats, pants, shirts, bags, badges, glasses, hair colors, eye colors, face paint, shoes, and gloves which can be used to alter the outfit and appearance of the Trainer on the player’s Custom Pass.

Mystery Gift

Poké Coupons can also be used to purchase items which can be sent to the Generation IV DS games. Some items are not available until certain conditions have been met.

Held items
DeepSeaScale DeepSeaScale*
14400PC
DeepSeaTooth DeepSeaTooth*
14400PC
Soul Dew Soul Dew*
14400PC
Protector Protector*
12000PC
Dubious Disc Dubious Disc*
12000PC
Reaper Cloth Reaper Cloth*
12000PC
Up-Grade Up-Grade*
9600PC
Iron Ball Iron Ball*
9600PC
Dusk Stone Dusk Stone
7200PC
Shiny Stone Shiny Stone
7200PC
Dawn Stone Dawn Stone
7200PC
King's Rock King's Rock
7200PC
Light Clay Light Clay
7200PC
Quick Claw Quick Claw
7200PC
Leftovers Leftovers
7200PC
Choice Specs Choice Specs
7200PC
Wise Glasses Wise Glasses*
7200PC
Expert Belt Expert Belt*
7200PC
Berries
Liechi Berry Liechi Berry*
38400PC
Lansat Berry Lansat Berry*
38400PC
Starf Berry Starf Berry*
38400PC
Enigma Berry Enigma Berry*
38400PC
Ganlon Berry Ganlon Berry*
19200PC
Salac Berry Salac Berry*
19200PC
Petaya Berry Petaya Berry*
19200PC
Apicot Berry Apicot Berry*
19200PC

TMs
TM Dragon TM02 (Dragon Claw)*
12000PC
TM Normal TM05 (Roar)
9600PC
TM Dark TM12 (Taunt)
9600PC
TM Ice TM13 (Ice Beam)*
12000PC
TM Electric TM24 (Thunderbolt)*
12000PC
TM Ground TM26 (Earthquake)*
12000PC
TM Psychic TM29 (Psychic)*
12000PC
TM Ghost TM30 (Shadow Ball)*
12000PC
TM Fighting TM31 (Brick Break)*
9600PC
TM Fire TM35 (Flamethrower)*
12000PC
TM Normal TM42 (Facade)*
9600PC
TM Psychic TM48 (Skill Swap)*
9600PC
TM Fire TM50 (Overheat)*
12000PC
TM Dark TM56 (Fling)
9600PC
TM Dragon TM59 (Dragon Pulse)*
9600PC
TM Rock TM71 (Stone Edge)*
9600PC
TM Normal TM78 (Captivate)
9600PC
TM Dark TM79 (Dark Pulse)*
9600PC
TM Bug TM81 (X-Scissor)*
9600PC
TM Poison TM84 (Poison Jab)*
9600PC
TM Normal TM87 (Swagger)
9600PC
TM Flying TM88 (Pluck)*
9600PC
TM Psychic TM92 (Trick Room)*
12000PC

Special

These gifts can be sent for free an unlimited number of times; however, each save file on the DS game can receive only one of each. To receive the gift again the player must use a different game card or erase all data on the DS game and start over.

Item Purchase condition
Secret Gift Beat Stargazer Colosseum
Shocking Secret Gift Enter the region-appropriate code in the “Self-Introduction” field
Heated Secret Gift Enter the region-appropriate code in the “Self-Introduction” field

Bonus Pokémon

Pikachu (Secret Gift)

Pikachu using Surf with the aid of a surfboard

When the player beats Pokétopia Master Mysterial for the first time, a Pikachu will become available for download to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in the Shop. It is free and can be downloaded by multiple games, but no two Pikachu can be downloaded by a single card.

Region OT ID no.
Japan ポケトピア 12146
America PKTOPIA 06257
Europe 12077

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Poké Ball PIKACHU Dex No. 025 Hardy nature. Electric Volt Tackle None
Lv. 10 Type   Water Surf
Spr 4p 025 f.png Electric Unknown Lovely place Normal Tail Whip
OT PKTOPIA Apparently had a Electric Thunder Wave
ID No. 06257 fateful encounter at There is no limit to this Pokémon's availability.
It may be obtained on any date, beginning from
when it was released.
It was available in all regions.
Item Ability Lv. 10.
Light Ball Light Ball Static  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was obtained from the Poké Mart.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
This Pokémon must forget the move Surf in order to be able to be sent to Poké Transfer.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.
Wonder Cards
*ふしぎなカード 025MS.png
ひみつのおくりもの
ポケモンバトルレボリュ-ションで
ピカチュウの なみのりを つかって
みよう サ-フボ-ドにのって 
なみのりを するよ


Wonder Card 025MS.png
Secret Gift
Use PIKACHU's Surf
in Pokémon Battle Revolution
and see PIKACHU ride on
a surfboard.


Wonder Card 025MS.png
Cadeau Mystère Cadeau Surprise
Utilisez l'attaque Surf de PIKACHU
dans Pokémon Battle Revolution
et vous verrez PIKACHU sur une
planche de surf!


Wonder Card 025MS.png
Geheimgeschehen Geheimgeschenk
Führe in Pokémon Battle Revolution
mit PIKACHU Surfer aus und
erlebe, wie PIKACHU auf
dem Surfbrett reitet!


Wonder Card 025MS.png
Dono Segreto Dono Sorpresa
Usa Surf di PIKACHU
in Pokémon Battle Revolution
se vuoi vederlo
su una tavola da surf!


Wonder Card 025MS.png
Regalo misterioso Regalo sorpresa
Emplea el movimiento Surf de PIKACHU
en Pokémon Battle Revolution para
verlo surfear las olas.



Codes

The player can also unlock an Electivire and a Magmortar if he or she enters a specific code at the “Self-Introduction” option in the Profile menu.

Electivire (Shocking Secret Gift)
  • Electivire and the Gold Pass can be unlocked with the following codes:
Region Code
US BA16-X4SH-E2AT
UK tko3-9jwp-34kl
France jk4i-df87-dsf9
Spain 04in-1ynj-24fv
Germany 0f9-ud0g-ughj
Italy t4oi-6j8d-sb5r
Region OT ID no.
America PKTOPIA 06257
Europe 12077

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Poké Ball ELECTIVIRE Dex No. 466 Adamant nature. Electric ThunderPunch None
Lv. 50 Type   Ice Ice Punch
Spr 4p 466.png Electric Unknown Lovely place Fighting Cross Chop
OT PKTOPIA Apparently had a Ground Earthquake
ID No. 06257 fateful encounter at There is no limit to this Pokémon's availability.
It may be obtained on any date, beginning from
when it was released.
It was available in America and Europe.
Item Ability Lv. 50.
Magnet Magnet Motor Drive  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was obtained from the Poké Mart.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.
Wonder Cards
Wonder Card 466MS.png
Shocking Secret Gift
This is a special Secret Gift
You can receive a powerful,
Electric-type Pokémon! Try out
this Pokémon in battle!


Wonder Card 466MS.png
Cadeau foudroyant
Voici un Cadeau Surprise spécial!
Vous pouvez recevoir un puissant
Pokémon de type Electrik! Essayez-le
vite en combat!


Wonder Card 466MS.png
Regalo electrizante
Regalo secreto muy especial.
¡Podrías recibir un poderoso Pokémon
de tipo Eléctrico!
¡No dejes de probarlo en combate!


Wonder Card 466MS.png
Geheimgeschehen Schockgeschenk
Ein ganz besonderes Geheimgeschenk.
Du kannst ein mächtiges
Elektro-Pokémon erhalten! Setze
dieses Pokémon im Kampf ein!



Wonder Card 466MS.png
Dono Segreto Dono Elettrizzante
Questo è un Dono Sorpresa.
Puoi ricevere un Pokémon di
tipo Elettro molto forte!
Mettilo alla prova nella lotta!



Magmortar (Heated Secret Gift)
  • Magmortar and the Silver Pass can be unlocked with the following codes:
Region Code
US B416-X4HT-VTWF
UK jl49-05kn-odnv
France 13io-h4rf-1tpa
Spain kn34-q0uc-1mbx
Germany kre9-ef90-5hgn
Italy 97ea-78hl-jrgu
Region OT ID no.
America PKTOPIA 06257
Europe 12077

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Poké Ball MAGMORTAR Dex No. 467 Modest nature. Fire Flamethrower None
Lv. 50 Type   Psychic Psychic
Spr 4p 467.png Fire Unknown Lovely place Normal Hyper Beam
OT PKTOPIA Apparently had a Grass SolarBeam
ID No. 06257 fateful encounter at There is no limit to this Pokémon's availability.
It may be obtained on any date, beginning from
when it was released.
It was available in America and Europe.
Item Ability Lv. 50.
Charcoal Charcoal Flame Body  
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was obtained from the Poké Mart.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.
Wonder Cards
Wonder Card 467MS.png
Heated Secret Gift
This is a special Secret Gift.
You can receive a powerful,
Fire-type Pokémon! Try out
this Pokémon in battle!


Wonder Card 467MS.png
Cadeau enflammé
Voici un Cadeau Surprise spécial!
Vous pouvez recevoir un puissant
Pokémon de type Feu! Essayez-le
vite en combat!


Wonder Card 467MS.png
Regalo llamativo
Regalo secreto muy especial.
¡Podrías recibir un poderoso Pokémon
de tipo Fuego!
¡No dejes de probarlo en combate!


Wonder Card 467MS.png
Geheimgeschehen Glutgeschenk
Ein ganz besonderes Geheimgeschenk.
Du kannst ein mächtiges
Feuer-Pokémon erhalten! Setze
dieses Pokémon im Kampf ein!



Wonder Card 467MS.png
Dono Segreto Dono Rovente
Questo è un Dono Sorpresa.
Puoi ricevere un Pokémon di
tipo Fuoco molto forte!
Mettilo alla prova nella lotta!



Online functionality

Battle Revolution is the first Pokémon game on any home console to go online. It uses its own 12-digit friend code, separate from the Wii’s code. This has received widespread controversy, because the use of a Wii Number was believed to eliminate the need to have a friend code for each online game, as with DS Wi-Fi games; however, this is not the case, as subsequent releases have proven.

Once logged on, one has the option of battling random Wi-Fi matches, or with friends. When battling random Wi-Fi, one can only play using the level 50 all rule set, but can select Double or Single Battles (Double being the default). After selecting the preferred Colosseum and Trainer Card, the game will begin searching for an opponent and the battle will begin when one is found. During the battle, all Pokémon nicknames are removed and all Trainer quotes are set to their defaults. After the battle, one can exchange Friend Passes, but only if both parties are in agreement.

One can also battle friends, in which case, one can create a battle and modify all aspects of the rules (although custom rules cannot be created and altered in the Wi-Fi mode itself, they can be changed in other modes before logging on) and Colosseum. From the friend lobby, players can see the current status of anyone on their friend list and join a battle they are hosting.

Rules

The rules for battle can be modified in various ways:

  • Level: The levels of the Pokémon allowed, can be set to Anything Goes (No restriction), Level 50 All (levels are set to 50) or a custom range and level total (the maximum combined level allowed of the 6 Pokémon)
  • Entry Pokémon: How many Pokémon are used. Can be set from 1-6, or have no restriction, in which case players can enter as many or as few Pokémon as they want.
  • Time limit for one battle: No limit, or a range of 1-99 Minutes. Time continues counting down even during attack animations. When time runs out, the Trainer with the most Pokémon remaining is the winner.
  • Time limit for move selection: No limit, or a range of 20-99 Seconds. If a player runs out of time for move selection, the computer selects their moves for them.

The following options are either yes/allow or no/disallow selections.

  • Allow same Pokémon on a team?
  • Allow Pokémon with identical hold items?
  • Allow two or more Pokémon to be put to sleep on the same team?
  • Allow two or more Pokémon to be frozen on the same team?
  • If all Pokémon faint due to Explosion or Selfdestruct, user loses? (If turned off, such a situation results in a draw rather than a victory for either side)
  • Should Perish Song and Destiny Bond fail if used by a team’s final Pokémon?
  • Fixed-damage moves like Dragon Rage and SonicBoom always fail?

Legendary Pokémon banning controversy

Due to the lack of clauses in online random multiplayer, Trainers with legendary Pokémon ran rampant on the system, attracting a fair amount of controversy as to why Nintendo was not using official Nintendo tournament rules, which ban legendary Pokémon, on their service. However, on July 3, 2007, legendary Pokémon (referred to as "exotic" Pokémon by the game) became banned from the system. Although it was originally speculated to be a glitch, a similar incident occurred on the same date regarding two other games. The banning of these Pokémon has received a large amount of controversy from the community. A Nintendo representative later stated that the ban was a technical difficulty. The similar GTS problem was not addressed.

It seems that the ban was lifted sometime later, as legendary Pokémon can currently be used.

Something similar happened to the American Alamos Darkrai given out at Toys "R" Us events. While the Japanese Movie Darkrai, the Darkrai obtained from Newmoon Island by hacking and Darkrai from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia worked fine, Alamos Darkrai was not allowed in online random multiplayer. This was fixed later on, and Alamos Darkrai are now freely usable.

Development and history

Two Pokémon are hit by Blizzard at the same time

The game was first announced by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata at a Nintendo marketing event in Japan on June 7, 2006. At the event, Iwata described Wii-to-DS connectivity using the game as an example, stating that gamers with either Pokémon Diamond or Pearl can play battles using their Diamond or Pearl Pokémon to Pokémon Battle Revolution using their DS as a controller.

The first shown video of Pokémon Battle Revolution showcased a battle between Red and Leaf on what would become the Neon Colosseum. Interestingly, in said movie, a Groudon uses Hyper Beam on a Deoxys, not only defeating it, but leaving a large gash in the floor of the Colosseum, and a hole in the wall. It is unknown if these environment damages would have remained over the course of the battle, but no such thing is possible in the final game. The camera also appeared to be more dynamic than it is in the final game: when selecting its moves, the camera first focuses on the first Pokémon, then quickly pans over to the second Pokémon to select its moves, then pans over to the Trainer who is shown making an attack command, and the attacks begin. The camera simply cuts between these shots in the final game. The last difference is the HP meter that is shown on screen when damage is done. In the video, the numerical value of the HP is shown on the HP meter, however that does not happen in any game mode in the final version.

The DS linkup feature was demoed at 2006 Nintendo World Tour for the first time. As well as allowing Pokémon from a Pokémon Diamond or Pearl cartridge to be used in-game, it replaces the on-screen battle menu normally used in conjunction with the Wii Remote. The battle menu is displayed on the DS touchscreen instead, and is navigated with the stylus. Up to eight players can play in a 1 on 1 tournament, much like the Battle Frontier's Battle Dome in Pokémon Emerald.

Compatibility

Battle Revolution is compatible with all handheld Generation IV games. However, Giratina, Shaymin, and Rotom's form changes introduced in Platinum will revert to their original form upon being copied over to the game, and the Spiky-eared Pichu will display as a normal Pichu. In addition, Rotom's stats will lower to those of Rotom's normal form, and it will temporarily forget its special move.

Reception

Pokémon Battle Revolution received mostly negative to lukewarm reviews, which eventually lead to the end of the game's production. IGN has given this game a 5.0 out of 10 for many reasons. First, the website claimed, the game lacks many features demonstrated in previous games such as Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Colosseum, notably the RPG mode. The multiplayer and online battles were also criticized for lacking features such as tournament play. GameSpot gave the game a 5.5 out of 10, their reasons for this were the repetitive gameplay and the barebones online play. It also added that if the player didn’t have Pokémon Diamond or Pearl for the DS, there wasn’t as much to do. Nintendo Power gave this game a 6.5 out of 10.

Currently the game has an average of 53% on both Game Rankings and Metacritic. [5][6]

As of October 27th 2008, the game has sold 1.32 million copies worldwide. [7]

Staff

Main article: Staff of Pokémon Battle Revolution

Trivia

  • Rhyhorn is the only starter Pokémon in this game to be unevolved, and the only one that can evolve twice.
  • Pidgeot is the only starter Pokémon in this game to be fully evolved.

References

  1. Pokémon.co.jp
  2. Pokémon.com (US)
  3. Nintendo of Australia (archive)
  4. Nintendo of Europe
  5. http://www.gamerankings.com/wii/934033-pokemon-battle-revolution/index.html
  6. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/wii/pokemonbattlerevolution
  7. http://www.vgchartz.com/games/index.php?name=Pokemon+Battle+Revolution


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