The Pokemon series has been massively successful since it started with Red and Blue for the Gameboy. Years later with the release of the Nintendo 3DS, the company have decided to make its first game for the new system a sequel of sorts to one of its spin off titles, Pokemon Rumble on Wii. The gameplay behind the original game was simple, you control windup toy pokemon trying to battle through other pokemon to become the very best and beat the battle royales. On the way you could pick up new pokemon toys to add to your team, and be able to pick the strongest to send into battle to beat your opponents. This 3DS sequel is very similar to this but with a load of extras thrown in. Pokemon rumble blast allows you to collect every Pokemon released to date, that's an incredible 646 Pokemon to add to your team, each with their own unique attacks and abilities. Even if you don't plan to "Catch Them All", having that many choices means theres hours of fun to be had without having to stick to the same creature all the time. The gameplay is easy to pick up and understand, so most kids can get straight into the game and not have to ask every now and again what they have to do, though be warned that Nintendo do advise that children under 6 do not use the 3D mode. The 3D itself gives depth to the screen, but doesn't really help the way the game is played and you may choose to switch it off to save battery life. The graphics are good for a handheld title, and the sounds though happy and quite well done, can really get on your nerves after a number of plays. The game's greatest strength is that theres plenty to do and it will take a long time to feel like you've played through everything you can. The disadvantage is that it can get very repetitive, and while it's a great game to pick up and play for a short time, few will want to play for three hours straight. Overall, a very good game with a lot to offer especially for kids, but it can get very tiring after a while and only the most dedicated will play it through to the very end, though fans will probably find catching them all very satisfying.
Super Pokemon Rumble for the 3DS is the first Pokemon title to come out in the 3DS format and although all your little Pokemon friends look great in 3d the game itself doesn't differ too much from its predecessor, although admittedly you have a little more to do in this game. Let's start at the beginning, if you know Pokemon Rumble the original you will know that you go around collecting toy versions of Pokemon, well that hasn't changed, only this time there are 600 Pokemon that you can collect, but the designers seemed to have been lazy and taken the pokemon straight out of the first game so the graphics don't quite mash up with the new system, it looks dated from the word go and that's quite depressing having spent out a wad of money. Then there's the game play itself, you still have to walk around battling different Pokemon but go to fast and you can run right by some on them, blink, oops, missed it, when you do defeat all the other pokemon in that area you are rewarded with opening up the Battle Royale arena where you must defeat all the pokemon present to be crowned Battle Royale Champion. When you defeat Pokemon you can run around picking up extra time and you may need this to defeat the Boss at the end. With Team Battle you can choose two other pokemon and battle as a team of three but you can't switch pokemon during this battle. There's also the choice to Charge Battle, which sees you sending a large group of pokemon into battle against another group, you have to mash the A button and quickly rotate to build up your charge and if your team are stronger than the others you'll advance. There are some good features in this version, I like the Glowing Fountain where you can restore your pokemon's HP and revive any that have fainted. I also like Drilbur, if you can find him in a field you can wake him and he drills a tunnel that you can use to move from place to place, which is kind of cool and saves on time spent walking in previous games. What is really different about this Rumble is using the wi fi, once you and your friend have both cleared the Battle Royale you can invite them to play with you and this increases the amount of pokemon you will befriend and you can help each other out by having your pokemon stand beside there's to restore their HP. Using StreetPass let's other players visit your Toyshop and can get you a decent amount of money as they buy your Toys, on a sliding scale the more visits you get the better chance of you being able to find the special pokemon in the game. You will get a registration card appear when you 'meet' someone which allows you to see what pokemon they have and battle against them. If you win, you can 'borrow' their best pokemon to battle in an area but they will disappear once you leave that area. All in all, it's new meets old with some of the best features coming from the new design, if you love Pokemon and want to 'catch em all' then you just have to buy this game. For me it's worth the money even though I know some critics have panned it.