Gameplanet writes: "The virtually identical developer title cards, the slow and ponderous intro, all the way down to the tediously patronizing tutorial phase. Sure, it was now in colour and had some slightly more slick animations, but this game was the same. On a platform like the DS you get used to your fair share of ports, but on a flagship title like Pokémon, you want evolution not revolution. But wait, what's this? Fossil Fighters, an updated speedy Pokémon clone with enough features of it's own to make it worthwhile? My goodness, yes!"