The Wii has done many things right (like selling), but one of the common complaints has been the complete lack of online multiplayer gaming. That's all changing though, with the very first online multiplayer Wii title in North America, Pokemon Battle Revolution, arriving on the 25th. The latest in a long-line of incredibly successful Pokemon titles, this is the first Wii Pokemon version and looks like it may be the biggest one yet.
The game takes place on an island called Poketopia and has ten different Colosseums to battle in, with the ultimate goal to become the Poketopia Master (of course). The gameplay is classic Pokemon but appears to be taking it to a larger scale than ever through the use of heavy DS integration. Though the game can be played with the Wiimote, the Nintendo folks strongly suggested the DS as the preferred method of control (of course they did). It was fascinating watching people connect their DS to the Wii via WiFi and, upload their captured Pokemon from Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, and have them battle it out on the big screen. It was the GameCube / Game Boy Advance connectivity promise, given new life through wireless tethering and a killer app.
The graphics were notably impressive as well. Though not quite as impressive as Boogie's, they were definitely a notch above most of the other Wii games on display. The arenas were large and colorful and the Pokemon and Pokemon Trainers have never been rendered in such loving, colorful detail before. Expect Pokemon Battle Revolution to sell like, well, a Pokemon game when it hits retailers on June 25th.