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Holiday 2010 Review: Bakugan Defenders of the Core (Wii Game)

I just recently tried Bakugan Defenders of the Core by Activision for the Nintendo Wii. I want to say right up front this game is great fun, even if you aren’t into Bakugan.

Bakugan Defenders of the Core stays true to the core concepts of the card/figure game, but you do not need to understand that game to enjoy Defenders of the Core. The graphics follow a comic book style and are simply stunning, very colorful and the effects are dazzling.

There are a few choices to play: you can jump right to a battle, multi-player, or choose the storyline. I chose to follow the storyline option for my play as I knew this would offer me the most complete experience.

The story is interesting and engaging, unraveling a lot like a TV cartoon. The game play itself is broken up into brawls, RTS style play, and cut scenes to drive the story forward. I found the variety interesting and it kept my attention. The controls are a refreshing mix between motion control and a classic video game interface. Although straightforward, there are many controls to remember and there will be a learning curve for most.

The game has a system of advancement and unlocks that mirror the regular non-video game. You can collect Bakugan, special abilities, and traps. I found I was able to replay my favorite cut scenes and brawls, a great feature. One fun feature is your provided apartment. You are given a place to “live” where you can practice, check out your rewards, and talk to your fellow brawlers. Character customization is vast and very fun in itself. I found my own character with an Afro and jump suit!

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Bakugan Defenders of the Core by Activision was great fun and, even though I do not know much about the regular card game, I was able to play right along and enjoy myself. Although the game is rated 10 years and up, my 7 year old was able to navigate and play to a degree. The content and themes were not at all to old for him, but use your own judgment as the game contains fantasy violence.

I certainly recommend this game for a great gift this year as it should provide many hours of entertainment. You can find this game for a variety of platforms at GameStop,,,, and other major video game retailers.

Thank you to Activision for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.