Rare Article: Impressions of Pokémon Rumble Blast

I got a 3DS for my birthday. I bought Pokémon Rumble Blast. I thought I would tell you what I thought about it. I wondered what it would be like if I made every sentence in this article's intro begin with "I" and be in past tense. I then found out that it just sounded choppy and annoying, but I couldn't stop. I figured you would enjoy it if I stopped this and cued the silly chapter headings:

Chapter 1: The Good, Or: The Manetric with No Name

Pokémon Rumble Blast is essentially a brawler with Pokémon sprites. And that's good! I love brawlers! It is also fortunate enough to have every Pokémon, from Gen I to V, with the exception of the exception of Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect, which officially don't exist yet. The game takes place in an alternate Pokémon world where Pokémon are all wind-up toys for some reason. Yeah, I don't get it either. It's nice, however, to be playing Pokémon in an entirely different world with new areas to explore and towns to visit. The gameplay is enjoyable and the challenge levels at the end of each area often change in order to shake things up a bit.

Chapter 2: The Bad, Or: Angel Sableyes

Unfortunately, there are a few things wrong with Rumble Blast. It's exceedingly repetitive. Move in an upward direction, press "A," or the occasional "B" to battle Pokémon and pick up the ones you've caught ("befriended" is the term used in-game.) The last level of each area seems like it is going to be a change of pace, but then you realize it's just the same thing, except that the Pokémon you are fighting just happen to be 10 times larger. The 3D is decent enough, but doesn't really add much, as Rumble Blast is essentially a top-down brawler. These things would make Rumble Blast a tough sell for a non-Pokémon fans, but then again, what non-Pokémon fan would by Rumble Blast?


I'll cut this one short. Overall I am enjoying Rumble Blast, it's just not the best side game that has been made for Pokémon, unlike, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, which is boss. I digress. If you catch the references in the silly chapter headings I'd be impressed, and will give a shoutout to whoever gets it right on the next podcast that I'm on if I can remember. Here's a hint: I left one chapter out.