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NintendoWorldReport (Nov 05, 2009)
Overall, Bakugan Battle Brawlers proves that you can make an engaging licensed game with a great presentation and solid gameplay. Fans of Bakugan will surely get the most out of this thanks to gameplay that follows the rules of the original game closely while adding some interactive elements that make it fun. Newcomers are also likely to enjoy it even if they have never heard of Bakugan before. It does a great job of setting new players in, and turning them into Bakugan champions in just a couple of sessions. The mini-games could have been more relevant, and there are some cheap exploits, but these are small problems that don't ruin an otherwise great game.
80
Cubed3 (Jan 06, 2010)
As a game that most would assume to be a money-spinning cash-in at first glance, Battle Brawlers delivers quite the surprise when given a chance. Clear improvements are needed for future editions, but for what it is, this is a very good start for both Activision and a relatively young franchise to videogames, and a must play for any fan. Bakugan - Brawl!
72
To be sure, this game is aimed at a niche audience of kids who already like Bakugan, and it has its share of flaws. On the whole, though, it gives those kids exactly what they want: A reasonably deep deck-building and card-collecting system, coupled with some simple, engaging platforming and mini-game challenges. For the right child, these features make Bakugan: Battle Brawlers a perfect gift.
70
Nintendojo (2009)
However, even with its many apparent faults, one canï't help but respect the sheer energy of Bakuganï's presentation and remember that younger crowds are much more likely to be satisfied by the solid gameplay, regardless of how redundant it actually is. Bakugan Battle Brawlers is ultimately a silly game based on a silly premise, but the end product's decent enough to satisfy plenty of kids who think the show and cards are the greatest thing since the last monster-collecting/card-battling anime fad.
70
Worth Playing (Nov 07, 2009)
There's enough variance between the video game and the tabletop game to make it worth checking out. However, if you're an older gamer like myself and you're not already invested in the franchise in some way, there's just not enough depth to the Bakugan Battle Brawlers gameplay on the Wii to keep you involved beyond the first couple of hours. The game doesn't evolve much after you master the basics, and while the addition of items and obstacles in the arena is unique to the video game, it's still really easy to overpower the CPU and finish the title in a short amount of time. This is definitely more geared toward the kids and core fan base than someone like me, so if you're not already a fan, you can safely skip this title without missing anything.
60
Nintendo-Online.de (Oct 31, 2009)
Auf dem Nintendo DS hat uns „Bakugan: Battle Brawlers“ bereits gut gefallen. Obwohl ältere Semester vom Spielprinzip mit der Zeit schnell gelangweilt werden, haben vor allem die Nachwuchsspieler eine ganze Weile etwas zu tun. Das Kaufen, Verbessern und Einsetzen der Karten sorgt für die nötige Motivation, auch nach einigen Tagen wieder ins Spiel einzusteigen. Wer demnach keine Granate im Sektor des Abwechslungsreichtums erwartet, kann den Titel getrost seinen Kleinen schenken.
56
GameZone (Oct 22, 2009)
Purchase Bakugan Battle Brawlers only if you are a fan of the show. It is obvious that this game is made for younger gamers that don't mind repetition in their games. If you are looking for a little variety in a game that includes a deep storyline and interesting battles, you will need to look elsewhere.
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Gamers' Temple, The (Nov 07, 2009)
For all intents and purposes Bakugan: Battle Brawlers is just battle after battle after battle (is that how it got the title?) with slow mechanics and nearly nothing to offer in the way of story, characters or much else. Playing the game will garner emotions from lethargy to annoyance to absolute fury, and for a game built on a pretty neat physical toy/game, the developers managed to eliminate nearly everything fun about it. If you want to sit back and watch monsters fight with no input, rent a Godzilla movie. This game just doesn't have much to offer to non-fans, and I have a sneaking suspicion even the most hardcore of second-graders will grow tired with this very quickly. Bring on the next fad, and make sure the game it spawns is a little more interesting than this one.
20
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 01, 2009)
As it is a television series in the anime vein, the characters are obnoxious and the storyline is rudimentary. These, of course, are genre standards, giving the impression that the Bakugan product is designed for six year olds (true) or for the emotionally disabled, the obsessive compulsion, or the social anxious (double true). You could say that it is a competent video game that fans of the franchise will enjoy. But you could also say that Bakugan fans are goddamned idiots.
 
ZTGameDomain (Jan 17, 2011)
Bakugan: Battle Brawlers suffers a lot of the typical licensed problems for a series that seemed ripe for gaming translation. There is just not enough actual game here to satisfy anyone outside the Bakugan fanbase. If you are however a huge fan of the show and have been dying to get your hands on the digital interpretation then by all means do not hesitate. There is enough here to keep you interested, and interacting with the characters and engaging in battles will be more than worth it for you. Anyone thinking this is the next Pokémon title though will likely be sorely disappointed.


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