Monday, July 25, 2011

Pokemon Rumble Blast on Nintendo 3DS October 24th

Catching them all, all them toys, on the Nintendo 3DS this October 24th

A new Pokémon game is always a major event and while Pokémon Rumble Blast is not a traditional Poke-RPG the fact it’s on the Nintendo 3DS is cause for notice and potentially celebration for Poke-fans. Besides the 3D aspects gamers can look forward to a number of social play features and of course over 600 Pokémon to game with. From Nintendo, here is more on Rumble Blast …

“An action-packed Pokémon adventure in 3D without the need for special glasses, the game lets players battle against waves of opposing wind-up Toy Pokémon, connect and play with friends, and collect more than 600 Toy Pokémon. As players advance through each stage in Pokémon Rumble Blast, their Toy Pokémon will face dozens of Toy Pokémon at once, creating fast and furious real-time battles. Players must also face off against giant Boss Pokémon, whose massive size and strength offer special challenges. Certain defeated Toy Pokémon can be added to the player’s team, and players may also collect special Toy Pokémon, each with its own unique stats and abilities. Players can collect more than 600 Toy Pokémon in all, including those from the recently released Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games. Players can quickly and easily switch between the various Toy Pokémon they collect throughout the game.

Pokémon Rumble Blast offers two ways for players to wirelessly connect with each other. Using a local wireless connection, they can enjoy a cooperative play mode that allows them to battle through levels together and more easily befriend defeated Toy Pokémon. Using the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass feature, they can challenge the Toy Pokémon of players they pass in their daily travels and view other players’ Mii characters in the game.”

So it’s an action based adventure with a world and franchise that’s rock solid and the formula sounds great. Unlike Ranger and Mystery Dungeon / Rescue Team, Rumble Blast looks to create a fast-paced experience that is not an expansion on the RPG formula but an entry into a newer genre for the franchise. Risky yes, but high reward also. There is much to be gained and little to be lost in this venture so check back for more news and chime in on initial thoughts.

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