How many Pokémon games can you name that have been released for Wii? Now exit the virtual console. games that only released on Wii. No, Super Smash Bros. is not a Pokemon game. If you have more than Pokken, congratulations. But I bet you’re still missing a few.

You might be surprised to learn that the same number of Pokemon games have been released on Wii as GameBoy Color. There are two more if you include the Wii U – which I do, because that’s like saying 3DS and 3DS XL games belong to different generations. We’re big fans of the Wii here at TheGamer, with editor and Chad Wii Enjoyer Stacey Henley naming it as her pick for best games console of all time, but the Pokemon games released there often get overlooked. . Sometimes there’s a good reason for this, but I’ll run through them all here and you can judge for yourself.


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Pokemon Battle Revolution

If I had to guess, Pokemon Battle Revolution might be the non-Pokken Pokemon game you guessed in the first paragraph. Battle Revolution is part Gale of Darkness successor and part Pokemon Stadium, but wasn’t as good as either.

There was no story mode, just battles, and you couldn’t even choose your team unless you hooked up a Nintendo DS to a Pokemon game. You had to make do with rental teams and unlock more as you battle through more colosseums. The most notable part of Pokemon Battle Revolution, however, was the fact that you could get a Pikachu that knows Surf – a reference to the Pokemon Yellow minigame – and transfer it to your DS games as many times as you wanted.

PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure

PokePark title page with Pikachu and friends

PokePark Wii was basically like those 50-in-one game cartridges you used to get out of the local market as a kid. There would be a counterfeit Tetris game, something like a precursor to Candy Crush, and a bunch of pinball games. What, y’all played “proper games”? Well, bully for you.

PokePark’s mini-games were admittedly more varied, from Bulbasaur’s Daring Dash (like the 100m in Mario vs. Sonic at the Olympic Games, where you shake your Wii Remote to run fast), to the Spooky Shoot-’em-up of Rotom (an arcade shooter definitely not located in Luigi’s mansion). In hindsight, many of the minigames involved some kind of dashing or bashing, but the distinct themes of the 3D worlds made each minigame feel a little different.

PokePark 2: Wonders Beyond

PokePark was so good that players demanded a sequel, and two years later The Pokemon Company agreed. Unfortunately, he reduced the number of events from 14 to just four, but tried to catch up by adding Snivy, Oshawott and Tepig (everyone’s favorite starters, right? not?) as playable characters. In its defense, PokePark 2 also added four-player local multiplayer, although with so few minigames it gets old pretty quickly. It’s not Mario Party, that’s all I’m saying.

My Pokemon Ranch

How to Get Mew in Pokemon Ranch

We’re into WiiWare titles now and the quality is…variable. My Pokemon Ranch is essentially a precursor to Pokemon Bank; a place to store hundreds of Pokemon from your DS games. However, where Bank is essentially a cloud-based storage box, Ranch has gone to great lengths to create 300 3D Pokemon models that IGN generously called “hideous” in their build. review.

The playability? The more Pokémon you store there (nearly requiring a DS game to transfer them), the more Miis you can add to their ranks, and the more random events occur. You know, Pokémon climbing totem poles on top of each other or marching in formation to create the shape of a clock? Great stuff.

pokemon rumble

pokemon growl

However, not all WiiWare Pokemon games were equally bad. Pokemon Rumble was a full-fledged RPG in the line of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon. There are several reasons why Mystery Dungeon has stood the test of time and Rumble hasn’t, the main one being that you didn’t play as an actual Pokemon in Rumble, rather mechanical Pokemon knockoffs. .

It was basically used as reasoning for why they didn’t evolve, but it was definitely a choice. It amazes me that there haven’t been any actual wind-up toys made alongside Pokemon Rumble, but who am I to tell The Pokemon Company how to market their global franchise? Pokemon Rumble also ends in a battle royale, so that’s okay too.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare)

pokemon mystery dungeon wiiware

There were three Japan-only Mystery Dungeon games released under the WiiWare name, all different versions of the same base game. Continue! Blazing Adventure Squad! focused on fire types, Let’s Go! Stormy Adventure Squad! focused on water types, and go for it! Light Adventure Squad! was a more balanced affair. It’s a very interesting concept that different versions focus on different types of Pokemon – can you imagine if the main series games did that? I can’t help but think it would be carnage, but maybe in a good way.

The WiiWare Mystery Dungeon titles improved on the 3D designs of DS games (and were far better than Ranch in that regard), and even had a Legendaries exclusive version; Registeel and Rayquaza in Light, Regice and Kyogre in Storming, and Regirock and Groudon in Blazing. A difficult choice. Unfortunately, the games were never released outside of Japan, as it would be interesting to see how they compare to other Mystery Dungeon titles.

Pokemon Rumble U

pokemon you growl

After a Pokemon Rumble sequel on DS, the mechanical Pokemon game got three sequels on the Wii U (two more Rumble games would follow on 3DS and Mobile respectively, if you’re interested). It’s the same vibe as the original, with multiplayer options and touchpad functionality for using the Wii U. unique features.

Unfortunately, Rumble U has focused too much on NFC figurines that are sold separately (no, not NFTs, look them up). These were necessary if you wanted to give your favorite Pokemon a buff, which is a waste of money for a game that, let’s face it, would never be played by a lot of people. That’s not what I meant when I asked for mechanical toys, Nintendo.

Pokken Tournament

Finally, we come to Pokken Tournament. Bandai Namco’s Pokemon fighter is a lot of fun and surprisingly tough, with a deep metagame and solid mechanics. It’s also the most memorable Pokemon game to ever be released for Wii or Wii U, thanks in large part to its unique take on Pokemon battles.

However, I believe that Pokken’s greatest addition to the Pokemon landscape – and perhaps the Wii Pokemon games’ greatest addition as well – is that it brought Pikachu Libre to the fore, because who doesn’t want to play as Pikachu in wrestling gear? Pikachu Libre first appeared in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and has since become a status symbol in Pokemon Go, but it was Pokken that brought it to the mainstream, and I’m grateful for that.

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