PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

Common Sense Media says

Kid-friendly Pokemon theme park game emphasizes friendship.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The importance of friendship is emphasized throughout the game. The more friends Pikachu makes, the better chance he has of winning Attractions. Pikachu must help other Pokemon work through their feuds with each other so that the health of the park can be restored.

Positive role models

Pikachu's quest of restoring the PokePark to its former glory is a positive one, and he goes on a variety of side-missions to help Pokemon out along the way - like gathering lumber so that Bidoof can build a home for his family. Some of the Pokemon are adversarial, but they eventually see the short-sightedness of their ways and become friendly.

Ease of play

The controls are uncomplicated and consist of holding the Wii remote horizontally and using the D-pad to move around and the "1" and "2" buttons to dash, jump and interact.

Violence & scariness

One of the Skill Games you must play before a Pokemon becomes your friend is a Battle, where you have to deplete the other Pokemon's life bar by dashing into it or using Pikachu's thunderbolt or tail-spinning attacks. You can also randomly dash into Pokemon who are just standing around, which makes them angry or sad. (There's no long-term damage or ill-will caused by doing this though.)

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is the latest entry in the Pokemon franchise, which includes video games, stuffed toys, collectible cards, clothing, and other merchandise.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that PokePark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure is the latest entry in Nintendo's popular Pokemon franchise. Kids will explore a Pokemon theme park, running errands for the Pokemon and playing games with them to become their friends. One of the game is a "Battle," where you try to deplete the other pokemon's life bar by dashing into them or using special attacks, but there is no long term damage. The game is skewed towards a younger audience with simple controls and straightforward goals. Players can take screen captures in the game and transfer them to a computer via SD card.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In POKEPARK WII: PIKACHU'S ADVENTURE, Pikachu and three of his buddies fall through some kind of portal and find themselves in the PokePark, a theme park inhabited by dozens of differen Pokemon. Although the PokePark was once a fun place full of attractions and games, the Sky Prism that protects it has shattered, causing the Pokemon to start feuding with each other. You'll have to explore the theme park to find all of the Sky Prism pieces to repair it by making friends with new Pokemon and beating their games.

Is it any good?

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While the Pokemon franchise has always been aimed at kids, the role-playing/monster collecting games have carried a certain appeal for older gamers as well. PokePark Wii, with its simplified controls and straightforward challenges, is firmly skewed towards a younger audience. That said, the experience stays true to the Pokemon formula of "gotta catch 'em all." As players explore the park they'll have the opportunity to meet and befriend almost 200 Pokemon, who will help out by participating in games and attractions. While Pokemon do engage in short battles with each other, the emphasis is on friendly competition rather than defeating opponents. As well, the game's central themes of making friends and helping feuding Pokemon to work through their differences is an overwhelmingly positive one.

Families can talk about...

  • Why is it important to have friends? What are some of the things you enjoy doing with your friends?

  • Have you ever helped two people who were having an argument work through their differences? How did you help them?

  • Are you one of those people who has to collect every last Pokemon in the game? What other collections do you have?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:November 1, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent Written bytreat02 February 20, 2012
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5
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good kid-friendly game

this is a nive game. It is about making friends which young kids like to do, also it might inspire them to make friends if they are hesitating to make them. Pikachu is a cute character, and most of the others are cute, some are not cute, but not scary. There is a "ghost" place where you go into a haunted house that makes sounds. It has ghost pokemon, they are not scary. If you turn down the volume, it will be fine.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old May 2, 2011
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4
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Easy game, with great role models, except for Mew, who once again shows great selfishness, and Froslass, who left Glalie

A really fun, easy game for little kids, but is full of replay value for older kids (you always have to beat your record, at times it seems kinda addicting). Pikachu and his friends, Piplup, Chicorita, and Charmander are all great role models, and the Eons, like Leafeon, Glaceon, and Vaporieon, all tell about important values of friendship. But Mew (portrayed as a great ruler and guardian of sorts to Pokepark) doesn't seem to really care about about anyone other then his/herself (they should probably tell us what gender this Mew is (just because it can't have a gender in the main games doesn't mean it can go genderless in a game where YOU PLAY AS A POKEMON!)), and Froslass abandoned all her friends (and her implied boyfriend, Glaylie).
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 28, 2010
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7
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this game is very fun. the only problems are there are advertisements for pokemon strategy guides. also, you can takcle, shock ,or hurt pokemon in or outside of battle. you can also use pokemon as sheilds in battle not an actual move, but if you use creativity, this is possible. otherwise, this game is and entertaining game with messages about friendship and heroisim.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Great role models

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