While this is a rereleased version of a previously released title, the additional tweaks made to the game deliver a fun experience, especially for Pokémon fans. One thing to point out: If anyone bought and played 2015's Pokémon Rumble World -- a digital download that supported and pushed microtransactions -- there's very little reason to pick up this boxed version. Most of the content is the same, although it doesn't asking you to cough up cash to advance through the game. If you're a fan of Pokémon games and aren't interested in paying for progress, then it's worth the $30 to collect and battle more than 715 toy versions of classic Pokémon.
The game is easy to pick up and control, and because combat is simple, fast, and in real time instead of centering on turn-based fights, it's ideal for quick bouts of action when you're on the go. But be aware there's a lot of repetition in the gameplay, a kind of "rinse and repeat" formula, that may grow tiresome during long gaming sessions. There's also no multiplayer support. That said, the game does fold in support for mii characters, powerful mega-evolving Pokémon to help in your fight, and boss characters to defeat. The collectable nature of play is fun, as in other Pokémon games, but there's less meat here in the strategy and combat departments. Ideal mostly for younger or newbie players, perhaps, Pokémon Rumble World may be somewhat shallow, but it delivers a magical thrill for on-the-go Nintendo 3DS gamers.