The Future of Pokémon Rumble
Of all the many Pokémon spin-offs, the Pokémon Rumble games have been among the most divisive. Pokémon Rumble for the Wii presented players with an intriguing concept: a Pokémon action game in which all the Pokémon are toys. Pokémon Rumble Blast for the 3DS and Pokémon Rumble U expanded this idea.
The fourth game, Pokémon Rumble World, came out for the 3DS in 2015. Unlike the previous games in the series, it was initially released as a free-to-play downloadable game with microtransactions. A retail copy with all of the microtransaction content included was later released.
What’s next for the Pokémon Rumble series? Well, a new game has technically been announced, although it isn’t using the name “Pokémon Rumble.” Ambrella, the developer behind the Pokémon Rumble games, is currently developing PokéLand, a mobile game where toy Pokémon fight each other. It is essentially mobile Pokémon Rumble and is considered part of the Rumble series. Pokéland recently had an alpha test in Japan, but there has been no news yet about localization.
Is PokéLand the only new Pokémon Rumble Game we’ll get? With the popularity of mobile apps and Pokémon Rumble’s foray into the free-to-play realm with Pokémon Rumble World, it might seem like a natural direction for the series to take. However, with past Pokémon Rumble games appearing on the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Pokémon Rumble on Switch just yet.
What do you think the future of Pokémon Rumble holds? Is PokéLand the only new game we’ll see, or will a full Pokémon Rumble game for the Switch (or another for the 3DS) make an appearance? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.