The faster the player moves the stylus, the faster the character moves on-screen. The game makes use of both DS screens, with the racing action taking place on the touch panel screen and the top screen displaying a radar. In order to make it to the finish line before the competition, players constantly have to change direction as the path curves around the world. Tracks cut across forests, mud, and water, slowing the character down and requiring players to move the stylus across the screen more quickly in order to get through the hazards. The winner of a race is determined by which player gets to the checkpoints fastest. Players must pay attention to their radar and make sure Pikachu beats all the other Pokemon to the checkpoints.