The random number generator has determined that the next video game I should talk about is the original Pokémon Rumble for the Nintendo Wii. It’s a downloadable game which is no longer available for purchase, but despite that fact, it has quite an ongoing legacy!
During the 2000s, there were 3 genres of Pokémon games released on the WiiWare service, each of which used the Chibi Pokémon 3D models. The first of them was Pokémon Ranch, which is a storage system which communicates with the mainline series Generation 4 Pokémon games. The second instance of Pokémon on WiiWare was a trilogy of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games released only on the Japanese Wii Shop which share their inventory of Pokémon recruits between each installment.
The third instance of Pokémon on WiiWare was Pokémon Rumble, which began its own genre of simple “beat em up” Pokémon games, where the premise is that the playable Pokémon characters are, in actuality, windup toys. Instead of leveling up, you occasionally exchange your windup toys for slightly stronger ones. It’s a simple game at its surface, but the original Pokémon Rumble has some interesting and compelling mechanics.
In Pokémon Rumble, you fight hordes of Toy Pokémon. Among those hordes, it’s possible to find Toy Pokémon that are “shiny” (or differently colored, for those of you not familiar with the lingo of the Pokémon People). Each Pokémon appears to have a 1/8192 chance of being shiny (but we don’t really know, because nobody has been able to reverse engineer the code), which was the standard chance of Pokémon being shiny in the main series at the time of Pokémon Rumble’s release. That said, the hordes of Pokémon that appear in Rumble are vast and can be encountered quickly, and so, on average, it doesn’t take nearly as much time to find a shiny in Rumble as it does to find a shiny in the main series via random encounter. If a player happens to find a shiny in Rumble, defeating it will have a 100% chance of adding it to their collection.
When I first heard about Pokémon Rumble, I didn’t know that Pokémon in it could be shiny, but I was intrigued by the game anyway. I didn’t end up playing it until much later, because it came out in the middle of my senior year of high school, which for me was the most stressful year of my life. In fact, at that time, I didn’t technically own a Wii, so that’s my excuse.
When I eventually did play it, I made it through the story, but not much farther. There are people, however, that to this day go above and beyond when it comes to the original Pokémon Rumble on the Wii. Several times a year, there is a holiday observed by many Shiny Hunters across the Internet. It is called “Rumble Weekend” and it involves many people playing Pokémon Rumble at the same time looking for shiny Pokémon. It’s a community grindfest which collectively results in Pokémon Rumble shiny encounters in crazy quantities.
For announcements about future Pokémon Rumble Weekends, you’ll want to pay attention to AbsolBlogsPokemon on YouTube and/or @TheAbsol on Twitter.
Unfortunately, Pokémon Rumble for Nintendo Wii is no longer easy to obtain ever since the Wii Shop went offline.
Today the Pokémon Company announced what is probably the final update for the smartphone free-to-start game Pokémon Rumble Rush, which is the latest game in the Pokémon Rumble Series. Though this final update makes the completion of the Pokédex far easier than it was previously (a similar system was implemented in Pokémon Rumble World), there’s not a lot of time left to play it in this current state. The game itself is online only, and since the service will be ended in one month, unlike the original Pokémon Rumble, it will become unplayable after that time. The game will have only been available for a year when it gets taken down, which is sad. Regrettably, I will probably not be Rumble Rushing my way through Rumble Rush, and so it may forever be a game that I could have beaten, but didn’t.