Summary: Pokémon Rumble was launched on WiiWare in 2009 and apparently did well enough to justify a retail appearance. Pokémon Rumble Blast is the mildly anticipated sequel and first official Pokémon game to come to the Nintendo 3DS -- not counting the Pokédex that was offered as a free download earlier this year. One would assume that the legendary franchise's first appearance on a Nintendo system would be a red carpet affair. It is not.
Excerpt: The first Pokemon game for 3DS, Pokemon Rumble Blast is a simple beat-em-up-style action game featuring nearly every Pokemon in the series, including all the new Pokemon from Black and White. What it sets out to do it does fairly well. Just by its nature though, this is the type of game that's mostly going to appeal to younger Pokemon trainers only.
Pros: More than 600 Pokemon to collect, Lots of moves to choose from, Great graphics and soundtrack
Cons: Boring level design, Feels repetitive, Gameplay is too simplistic for older fans
Summary: Pokemon Rumble Blast is one of the better titles for the 3DS this year, but if you don’t own a 3DS or the $35-40 price tag is too much, remember there is a WiiWare version for only $15. The 3DS version boats 400 more catchable (and thus playable) Pokemon, along with a completely redone story mode and several other new modes as well.
Summary: Parents need to know that Pokemon Rumble Blast is a less complex, more streamlined Pokemon experience. Newcomers to the series can easily jump in here with no prior knowledge of the games or characters. However, the fighting here is a bit more straightforward than in classic Pokemon games -- here the attacks are directly shown, as opposed to being represented symbolically. Still, the violence is very unrealistic and cartoony.
Excerpt: Pokemon Rumble Blast - the first Pokemon game released on the 3DS - is actually a sequel to the 2009 title, Pokemon Rumble. Like many of the Pokemon spin-offs, Rumble Blast is not like the traditional games in the "main series". There are no trainers to battle; in fact, this game involves toy Pokemon that you use to fight other toy Pokemon, rather than commanding them through the role of a trainer.
Excerpt: You know some of the things we complain about right? Especially when it comes to a Pokemon game. The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon franchise for example is too slow. Well Nintendo has definitely listened with the Pokemon Rumble Blast hand held game on the Nintendo 3DS. This game picks up the pace. At times it can be a little dizzying.
Excerpt: And so, the game keeps going. You work your way through a corridor-shaped level, such as a lake shore or a forest (the various settings differ only cosmetically and by the types of Pokémon you encounter), fighting mobs of Pokémon that go down in one hit. At the end of the level, you fight a boss. Bosses are just larger versions of regular Pokémon with more health.