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Genius Senority
March 22, 2004

Pokémon Colosseum

A lot of people like Pokémon. Okay, maybe almost everyone likes Pokémon, including myself. I absolutely love this series, from its monster-raising, to the weather elements, to the unique character of each and every Pokémon, it's a really wonderful idea.  I find it splendid.  Well, Nintendo is developing another wonderful Pokémon game, entitled Pokémon Colosseum.  It's not just your regular Pokémon Stadium fare, either. Incorporated into this game is a stand-alone RPG, giving this game a 2-games-in-1 appeal -- could be worth it to some, and is really a must-buy for Pokéfreaks.



As I mentioned, this game is a lot like Pokémon Stadium in the way you can battle and stuff. It isn't called Pokémon Colosseum for nothing. However, what separates Pokémon Colosseum from the other Pokémon titles is the RPG mode included. It includes the elements you'd expect from any RPG, including story sequences, towns, dungeons, and even a world map. Pokemon Colosseum clearly has heavily-featured coliseum-based battles, a la towns in the RPG mode having coliseums in which Pokemon tournaments are held. It seems that after story sequences are held, the battles begin, coliseum-style.. As always, all these battles seem to lead to a boss, and eventually lead to the end of the game. And just like previous Stadium games (and even regular Pokémon games), these battles get harder as you progress through, with each trainer in the final battles having six Pokémon, just like you.

During your adventure, though, you're only allowed to catch one certain type of Pokémon: Dark Pokémon. It seems you can only catch these types of Pokémon in battle from other trainers. As always, you have to catch these Pokémon with Pokéballs at low levels. They're called "Dark Pokémon" because their hearts have been "hardened," and it's up to you to "open up their hearts." To do this, you must call out their name while doing button commands in battle. It will take several battles to do this, and then you'll be able to use these Pokémon for coliseum mode. For good replay value, you can't start the coliseum mode until you've done this to at least four Dark Pokémon. Then you're set.

On the coliseum mode side of things, the battle system featured in Colosseum is an evolved form of the original format. You can chose to battle Pokémon against one another one on one, or you can have two Pokémon appear simultaneously on each side. But as always, you carry six Pokémon in your stock and can switch between them when you like. Defeat all of your opponent's Pokémon and you win the battle.

To actually use coliseum mode to its fullest extent, you need to have yourself some Pokémon. While you start off the game with two Pokémon by default, you need to have at least six Pokémon registered in order to enter this mode (now you know why you need at least four Dark Pokémon). You can import Pokémon from the Game Boy Advance Ruby and Saphire games, or you can make use of Pokémon that you've captured in RPG mode. If you want to battle without registration, you can have your Pokémon selected randomly.

All in all, it looks to replicate the TV show moreso than any other Pokémon title thus far.

word on the street

This game has sold quite well in Japan, like every other Pokémon game out there. Nothing but positive things, however it's rumored the RPG mode is very, very linear.

press release notes

  • A follow-up to the highly popular Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2 games for Nintendo 64, Pokémon Colosseum continues the fun and excitement in collecting a whole new batch of Pokémon characters.
  • Completely compatible with Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, players can battle with more than 200 Pokémon from the two games on their Nintendo GameCube. Players simply insert their Pokémon Ruby or Pokémon Sapphire game into the Game Boy Advance, connect to a Nintendo GameCube via the Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance cable, and Pokémon appear in Pokémon Colosseum!
  • Up to four players, each with a Game Boy Advance system, can connect to Nintendo GameCube and battle their Pokémon against each other. Pokémon Masters must overpower the competition in various tournaments to become the best Pokémon trainer ever.


It's about time Pokémon fans get a game like this. It looks to be a solid Pokémon title, and we can only count the days it's released here in North America. Rest assured Nintendojo will have a full review of Pokémon Colosseum shortly after its release.

Staff Avatar Alex Sankowich
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