|PokePark 2: Wonder's Beyond
ポケパーク2 ＢＷ ビヨンド・ザ・ワールド
|Developed by||Creatures, Inc.|
||Single Player, Multiplayer|
|Australia||March 29th, 2012|
|Europe||March 23rd, 2012|
|Japan||November 12th, 2011|
|United States||February 27th, 2012|
PokéPark 2: Wonder's Beyond is an action and adventure Pokémon game released on Wii, and the sequel of PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, it classifies as a spin off Pokémon game. The game uses the same mechanics as its predecessor, but with a whole different story and many new areas.
Unlike the the previous game, the player can now use Pikachu along with three of his friends: Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott. The game offers the possibility to instantly switch in between them, since each of the three Pokémon have got special abilities, required to interact with certain objects or operate through certain environments. Snivy has the Leaf Tornado and Double Jump abilities. Oshawott has Surf which allows it to cross water bodies. Tepig has Heat Crash that activate some switches and Flame Charge that crashes rocks. PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond focuses more on befriending other Pokémon and exploring the different areas than the actual attractions, which explains why there are less attractions compared to the last game. The Pokémon 3D models look adorable and are really well animated and equipped with their fitting voices from the anime series.
StoryThe game starts out with the two legendary dragon Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom discussing the dark future awaiting PokéPark. Later, Pikachu sets to the PokéPark, accompanied with its best friend Piplup. As soon as they get to PokéPark, they learn about the magical Wish Park, where Pokémon are told to have an infinite amount of fun. This park which is situated in a parallel universe and which can only be accessed through Poster Portals and actually traps Pokémon within it.
Piplup and Pikachu learn of this and decide to try and save the trapped Pokémon. They meet an Oshawott which escapes later with Pikachu while Piplup gets stuck in the Wish Park. Together the two of them learn that ringing the Wish Bell in each area, will free the Pokémon in it. Oshawott joins Pikachu's team, and together they successfully ring the bell in the Cove Area. Pikachu then gets teleported to Reshiram's dimension where it gets told about the upcoming disaster and how Reshiram believes Pikachu can be PokéPark's savior.
Oshawott and Pikachu then move to the Arbor Area, where they meet Snivy that joins the party, and there they manage to ring the Wish Bell and free the Arbor Area's Pokémon. The team that is now formed of three Pokémon, now heads to the Crag Area where they get to ring the third Wish Bell and recruit Tepig to join their ranks.
The final Wish Bell is rung at the Tech Area, resulting to the opening of the path toward Wish Palace. In the Wish Palace the Pokémon meet Darkrai which erases their memories of Pikachu and sends it into a nightmare. Luckily, Piplup finds a way to enter the nightmare and save Pikachu. Later on, Pikachu manages to return the memories to his friends and together they defeat Darkrai, but it was a little too late, as the dark void was about to swallow both PokéPark and Wish Park. After seeing the destruction, Darkrai, driven by guilt travels to the center of the void with a device that nullifies it, sacrificing himself to save the parks. Moved by his noble act, Pikachu and his comrades plead the two legendary dragons to save Darkrai from the void. Darkrai returns and promises to lead a worthy and good life, and with that, the game ends.
PokémonPokémon from the first until the fifth generation are available in game. They are as follows:
|Pokémon N° on the friend list||Pokémon||Strong against||Weak against|
|1||Piplup||Tepig, Oshawott||Pikachu, Snivy|
|13||Pansage||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|15||Panpour||Oshawott, Tepig||Pikachu, Snivy|
|18||Samurott||Oshawott, Tepig||Pikachu, Snivy|
|20||Fraxure||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig|
|34||Servine||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|36||Dewott||Oshawott, Tepig||Pikachu, Snivy|
|39||Corphish||Oshawott, Tepig||Pikachu, Snivy|
|58||Amoonguss||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|67||Leavanny||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|68||Lilligant||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|69||Serperior||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|85||Ferrothorn||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy||Tepig|
|103||Druddigon||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig|
|117||Geodude||Pikachu, Tepig||Oshawott, Snivy|
|118||Rhyperior||Pikachu, Tepig||Oshawott, Snivy|
|121||Hydreigon||Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig, Oshwaott|
|133||Salamence||Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig|
|170||Charizard||Snivy, Tepig||Pikachu, Oshwaott|
|190||Haxorus||Pikachu, Oshawott, Snivy, Tepig|
|193||Reshiram||Pikachu, Snivy, Tepig|
|194||Zekrom||Pikachu, Oshawott. Snivy, Tepig|
The game takes place mainly in two different places: The PokéPark and the Wish Park, its counterpart in a parallel dimension.
The PokéPark & The Wish Park
The PokéPark: It's a park where a variety of Pokémon live. Although the names are similar, this PokéPark is different from the previous game's PokéPark. It is indeed situated in a new area and gives access to new areas. these areas are :
- The Cove Area: An area located near the coastline and supervised by the Area Keeper Samurott. It is the first area Pikachu visits, and where the adventure starts. The Cove Area has three different locations : Seasong Beach, Cove Town and Drifblim Stop.
- The Arbor Area: A grassy land filled with trees and watched over by the Area Master Queen Serperior. Many Grass Type Pokémon inhabit the area. Three locations are available in this area : The Windmill Way, the Verdant Court and the Drifblim Stop.
- The Crag Area: A rocky and mountainous area where strong Pokémon train and it's governed by the Pokémon Master Emboir. It is also the place where the Battle Tournament takes place. There are three different locations within the area: The Rockridge Fort, the Colosseum and Drifblim Stop.
- The Tech Area: A rather modern area filled with warehouses and trains, and led by the Area Keeper Conkeldurr. There are four locations within the area : The Train Depot, the Unawarehouse, the Scientorium and Drifblim Stop.
- The Arcane Area: It's located above the Arbor Area and can only be accessed after finishing the game story. It is the only area without an Area Keeper or Master. It mainly has two locations : The Lakeshore and Drifblim Stop.
The Tech Area
The Arcane Area
The Wish Palace, in Wish Park
The Wish Park: A shady park where Pokémon are trapped using different attractions, hosted by Darkrai and his followers. The area has four different locations, each secured by an Area Guardian. that are link to the Wish Palace. These areas are :
- The Cake Zone: The Wish Park area connected to the Cove Area and where the player can participate in the Cake Contraption Attraction. It is guarded by Cofagrigus.
- The Dance Zone: It is connected to the Arbor Area and the location of the Dance Inferno Attraction. It is led by Chandelure.
- The Power Zone: Here, the Power Bash Attraction can be played and the area is connected to the Crag Area and guarded by Gothitelle and Hexorus.
- The Flight Zone: Connected to the Tech Area and ruled by Sigilyph, the Flight Zone is the last of the four Wish Park Areas and where the last Wish Bell will be rang.
- The Wish Palace: Once all Wish Bells in the four Wish Park areas are rang, the way to the Wish Palace gets unlocked. It is a fancy palace where Darkrai resides.
The AttractionsThey are challenges that the player must take, in order to advance through the game. They are only found in the Four Areas of the Wish Park, with each area having its own attraction :
- Cake Contraption: An attraction located in the Cake Zone and guarded by Confagrigus. It has two stages : In stage one, which lasts 60 seconds, the player has to shoot beans brought by Patrat. Different beans colors give different scores : The Gold beans award 1000 points, the Red ones 300 points and the Green ones 100 points. In stage two of the attraction, the player has now to shoot ingredients transforming them into cakes and then shooting them again to apply the toppings. The ingredients colors do also affect the score. Gold ingredients give 500 then 1000 points when shot again, Dark ones give 300 then 600 points and Normal ones give 100 then 300 points.
- Dance Inferno: The attraction of the Dance Zone, guarded by Chandelure. The player has to imitate the gestures shown on the screen with the Wii controller. The score depends on the timing of the gesture whether it's Great, Good or Failed.
- Power Bash: The attraction of the Power Zone, guarded by Gothitelle and then Haxorus. It lasts 60 seconds and the player has to hit Pokémon coming at them, knocking them away. The score once again depends on the timing of the hit. Sometimes bombs will appear and if they hit the Pokémon it will get stunned for 3 seconds.
- Flight of Fancy: The last attraction located in the Flight Zone, guarded by Sigilyph. It is a lap race within space, where the player has to collect different colored crystals, all while racing the other Pokémon. Large Pokémon can appear on the player's way, if they hit them, their Pokémon will be stunned for few seconds. There are also rings that function as speed boosts, if a Pokémon goes through them. The crystals disappear on the third round and start to be randomly through by a Seismitoad. The score does depend on the race result and the crystals collected. Yellow crystals award 100 points, Light Blue ones award 50 points, Red ones award 30 and the Blue award 20. The speed rings do also give 50 points.
Skill GamesThese are mainly a sort of mini games that allow the player to befriend other Pokémon. The befriended Pokémon are needed when the player is trying to open a Poster Portal in an area to its counterpart in the Wish Park. The more befriended Pokémon the player have in the area, the easier the task.
- Chase: It's a tag game where the player has to chase and capture the other Pokémon. Its mechanics are somewhat adjusted compared to the last game. The chased Pokémon can only be stunned by attacks under certain circumstances. The player can also perform special Dash moves which may facilitate reaching the opponent. The chased Pokémon will still try to hinder the player by attacking them or setting traps.
- Battle: A battle mini game where the player must simply reduce the opponent Pokémon health points as low as needed. The four Pokémon friends can be used to battle, but they cannot be switched once the battle starts. Yet, the befriended Pokémon can join the battle and aid the player, and that can only be done once.
- Quiz: A very simple quiz game where the player needs to answer all the asked questions correctly, allowing them to befriend the Pokémon.
The game does offer a few extra features that enhance the fun experience and may further facilitate the story mode:
- The Multiplayer Mode: Unlike the previous game, PokéPark 2 : Wonders Beyond offers the possibility to play the attractions with up to four players. Each of the player will be using one of Pikachu's three friends, along with Pikachu itself. They can either compete against each other or assist each other to complete the attraction.
- Pokémon Upgrades : Similarly to PokéPark Wii : Pikachu's Adventure, the player can upgrade their Pokémons stats and moves. These upgrades are bought with berries, from different Pokémon located in the Cove Area. The upgrades are as follows:
- Pikachu's Moves Upgrades: A Raichu in Port Town will power up Pikachu's moves up to three times each.
- Oshawott's Moves Upgrades: A Dewott found in Port Town will power up the moves of Oshawott up to three times.
- Snivy's Moves Upgrades: Snivy's moves can also be powered up to a maximum of three times by a Servine in Port Town.
- Tepig's Moves Upgrades: As for Tepig, he too can get his skills powered up three times at a Pignite found in Port Town.
- Dash Upgrade: The Dash ability can be powered up twice, for each of the four Pokémon, with the help of a Blitzle.
- Strength Upgrade: Pikachu and his friends' health points can be improved three times with Audino's assistance.
Videos & MediaCheck out these PokéPark 2: Wonder's Beyond videos including the launch trailer, one of the Pokémon specific trailers (Oshawotts) and the games intro/opening video.
Official Launch Trailer
The 'all about Oshawott' trailer... you have to see it just for the music. They did these for Tepig, Snivy and Pikachu too. Check them out on our channel.
The Opening / Intro video showing the premise for PokéPark 2's story
Trivia & Facts
- There's a Zekrom Altar in the Wish Palace, which might bring some fans to question if there's a dark side to the game, where actually one of the two dragons is the hidden mastermind behind the Wish Park incident.
- The game is known as PokéPark 2: Beyond the World in Japan.
SalesCompared to the previous game, PokéPark 2 : Wonders Beyond, didn't perform quite as well in terms of sales. Within the three first weeks of its release, the game sold around 70 thousand copies in Japan, nearly 22 thousand in Europe and 35 thousand copies in the USA. The sales improved later on, with the game selling over 244 thousand copies in Japan, almost 54 thousand in Europe and 76 thousand copies in the USA. Overall, the game ended up selling 0.75 million copies, which is deemed to be quite average compared to the rest of the Pokémon spin off Games.
ReviewsPokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond was well received and score good scores on major review websites. Let's take a look at these reviews:
- Audrey Drake from IGN was impressed by the graphics and the Pokémon 3D models, yet thought the game was "too much repetition and too little depth" grading it 6.5/10, the equivalent of "Okay" on the IGN scale.
- Although the GameSpot admins didn't review the game, the members gave it a score of 7.8/10 over 21 reviews.
- On GameRankings, PokéPark 2 : Wonders beyond, earned a remarkable score of 64.92% over 13 reviews, while it scored 60% on Metacritic, over 18 critics.
- As the scores portray it, the game was quite appealing and successful, yet it's rather advised for the young Pokémon fans and the hardcore ones, as it can get repetitive.
Media & Artwork
- Official Artwork Gallery from PokéPark 2: Wonder's Beyond - Artworks of prominent Pokémon models
- Box Art from PokéPark 2: Wonder's Beyond including several different regional variations
- Screenshots from PokéPark 2: Wonder's Beyond