Pokémon Battle Revolution (ポケモンバトルレボリューション, Pokémon Batoru Reboryūshon) is the first Wii incarnation of the Pokémon video game franchise. It is also the first Wii game to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in North America and Japan and the first Wii game to wirelessly interact with the Nintendo DS handheld.
Pokémon Battle Revolution features eleven different colosseums in a new land, a Pokémon-themed park called Pokétopia. Other features include stadiums that have their own special effects, such as randomizing the order of one’s Pokémon. Some other effects are choosing the order of an opponent’s Pokémon and setting level limitations.
This was the first Pokémon game to be rated 7+ by PEGI: all other Pokémon games rated by them were rated 3+.
The game features 14 different colosseums, each with special changes to normal play or prerequisites and a Colosseum Leader. The Crystal Colosseum holds battles in a 16-person single-elimination tournament mode. The Gateway Colosseum is only open to a rental pass holder, and Neon Colosseum uses a wheel to choose the player’s and opponent’s battling Pokémon. As the player progresses, the Pokémon available to rent become more powerful. The player also earns Poké-Coupons, the currency of this game. Coupons can be spent to further customize the player character. A trainer’s apparel, accessories, and hair color. The game lacks a story mode, as was seen in Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness.
Pokémon attacks are also much more diverse, with each Pokémon acquiring its own animation for most moves in the game. Some animations feature both the attacking and defending Pokémon on screen at the same time. In previous console titles, the game only showed one Pokémon attacking and then cut away to the second getting hit by the attack.
Along with connectivity to the Nintendo DS games, a player can win Pokémon from this game and transfer them back to their DS games through Mystery Gift. This feature allows players to obtain Pokémon that are either hard or impossible to get without using a cheat device. To unlock the Pokémon, players must achieve certain goals or enter a special code. So far, Electivire and Magmortar are the only Pokémon that can be obtained through the latter method. A Pikachu with the special moves Volt Tackle and Surf can be obtained by beating each Colosseum once. In addition to the Pokémon download, players can purchase items like certain Technical Machines and evolution items.
Battle Revolution is the first Pokémon home console title to go online in the United States as well as the first online game for the Wii console. It features two online modes; Battle with a Friend, which allows a player to battle a friend using its own 12-digit friend code, separate from the Wii console number, and Battle with Someone, which lets the player face off against a random opponent. The game uses a separate friend code than the one introduced in Diamond and Pearl. Each save file has its own friend code in order to keep the friend rosters of players within the same household separate. After each random battle, players are given the chance to exchange trainer passes. The exchange must be mutual; it will not work if one of the two trainers refuses.
Nintendo DS controls cannot be used in online multiplayer. When playing random online battles, the player’s trainer’s custom greetings and Pokémon nicknames are all changed to its native nation’s defaults; for example, a Japanese Magikarp (コイキング, Koiking) will show its Japanese name instead of its English one. All Pokémon are allowed in random battles.
|Mode(s)||Single-player, multiplayer, multiplayer online|
|Media||Wii Optical Disc|
|Input methods||Wii Remote, Nintendo DS (option to use Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, or SoulSilver card in the game)|