Bakugan Battle Brawlers - Nintendo Wii
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2009
My kids love the Bakugan spheres...it's a kind-of mashup of the classic game of Marbles and some of the new anime-based games like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-OH! The "live" game is cool because the engineering behind the spheres is really cool. Roll them onto a metal card and a magnetic switch activates, popping open the thing to reveal a robotic character. Some of them are really intricate and amazing; my kids have played with them for a year or more now and still not a single malfunction.

Anyway, one downside to the "real" Bakugan game is that all that engineering comes at a price; I figured the video game would allow us to buy one thing and all the collectables would be included in the game, and so far I was right.

Basically there are a couple of modes of interest...story line (where you have to defeat an increasing level of computer opponents in order to see the whole story unfold), and arena (where you can just play the game against the computer or against up to 3 other friends).

My 6 year old can play it, though it took a little practice to be able to grasp the sphere and throw it accurately. Steering it is something new that you couldn't do in a "live" game and it's pretty cool. The game otherwise plays just like the "real" game except there is a skill-based element at the very end of the battle that allows you to boost your models's GP a bit to break a tie (or win a close match). It really helps to be able to read. A 6 year old can noodle around by himself/herself, but an adult will have to help navigate the storyline. An 8 year old could probably figure it all out, and a 10 year old or older should have no problem. My 4 year old likes to watch, but just isn't ready to put it all together.

My one complaint is that the instruction manual is VERY basic. You basically have to figure out how to do things like edit your deck, swap out your Bakugan, and even how to set the game up so you can play against a friend instead of a computer opponent. This seems to be a trend in videogaming these days...give you the structure and force you to figure out the rest as "part of the fun". It is, kind of, but it's also a bit frustrating at times.

Anyway, we've had the game for 2 days and we've played the heck out of it. It's a lot of fun and something I can do with my kids and everyone has a good time.

I think it's essential that you've either watched the Tee Vee show or played the actual game before. Getting dumped into this universe cold will simply lead to confusion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2010
I bought this game for less than ten dollars with free shipping for my almost 7-year-old son. He loves it! He plays it non-stop and I don't even know what he's doing. He picked it up pretty quickly and has gotten way more use out of this game than most of the expensive ones. Seems pretty simple and repititious, but he loves it anyway!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a great game for any Bakugan fan. Some reviews here say the game is confusing for their child? Maybe the child shouldn't be playing video games. They are easily confused. This game is not at all confusing. Very easy to understand. My 7 year old loves Bakugan and when he can't play with his friends, this gives him a way to enjoy the game. Controls are easy and the gameplay is great for what it is supposed to be
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2010
Really fun game. My six year old and 5 year old play it pretty well. It's a little hard at first but they have caught on. What I like is there is very little reading. I recently got a Pokemon Wii game and it was ALL reading - which is not easy for little ones who will be playing the game. Bakugan is much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
Great game for fans who know the series.
My kid (4.5 years old) loves it and we play it together. I specifically like this game as it forces my kid to understand strategy and basic math - picking different cards and bakugans according to the rival player and attributes.

Well done
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2010
My 7 year old daughter got this as a gift and between her and my 11 year old son the game barely gets turned off. It is a great fun to play alone and with friends, holds good to the shows and seem so far to last a very long time. The game play is very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2010
My 10 year old son is crazy about Bakugan, and he loves this game. He did beat the main/story mode game pretty fast, but he still enjoys battling.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
I have 3 young boys and got my oldest this game for his birthday. They all love it! If youy kids are into the Bakugan balls and watch the show, they will love this game.
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on December 2, 2013
My boys (7 and 9) love this game. It is probably their favorite game - which is saying something considering the other games they have. There is not a lot to this game. So, you have to buy it with that in mind. But for the price, it's a win.
Kids who are not familiar with Bakugan may not like it at first because the game emulates the real toy. But it is a fun game that allows them to collect and upgrade their Bakugan, so it builds. To an adult, the story line is a little weak, but I don't think that bothers the kids.
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on December 28, 2009
I purchased this for my Great grandson for Christmas. Gave it to him Christmas eve. Christmas morning I received a phone call from my granddaughter saying when the rest of the household awoke, he had not opened any of his gifts, instead he had been in his room for about an hour playing this game. He will turn 10 in another week, and in my opinion, anything that can keep a child's interest that strongly, is something I would always recommend.
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