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Pokémon Conquest Details Revealed by Nintendo

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Lots of kingdoms to conquer

Pokémon Conquest, a translated version of Japanese title Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition, is getting ever closer for gamers in North America. With the 18th June release date approaching, Nintendo has started to release details about the title and what 'mon fans can expect.

With 17 kingdoms to conquer, and these being arranged into episodes in Story Mode, it promises to be a lengthy campaign. There will apparently be a variety of locations and battlefields, a warlord system that allows for training armies, as well as local multiplayer, so this could be a substantial warmup for the arrival of Pokémon Black & White 2. For full details, check out the press release below.

Following last month's announcement of Pokémon Conquest, Nintendo has revealed even more details about the new features available in the game, which launches for the Nintendo DS family of systems on June 18. Players can look forward to exploring the Ransei region and interacting with Pokémon in an entirely new way as they take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokémon. Together they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Developed by TECMO KOEI GAMES Co., Ltd., the game can also be played on the Nintendo 3DS system in 2D mode.

New information includes the following:

Story: To save the Ransei region from Nobunaga, a powerful Warlord who is trying to take over Ransei, players must conquer different kingdoms to strengthen and grow their own kingdom. There are 17 kingdoms in total to conquer. Conquering all 17 kingdoms and ultimately uniting the kingdom will awaken the Legendary Pokémon and save the land from destruction. Story mode is organized by episodes. Players unlock episodes as they progress and each episode features a different playable Warlord and victory conditions.

Army Mechanics: Players can grow their army by recruiting defeated Warlords and their Pokémon. After a kingdom is conquered, players will also have access to the kingdom facilities such as training grounds, shops to buy items and mines for money. Players can also strengthen their army by linking with Pokémon. Warlords can have various linked Pokémon and switch between them before battle to strategically prepare for the type of battle they are about to engage in.

Battle Mechanics: Players will encounter a wide range of battlefields as they progress through the game. Each of the 17 kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield. For example, in the fire-themed kingdom of Ignis, players can battle around lava flows, lava beds and fire spouts. Strategically using water-type Pokémon to navigate through this battlefield will help players conquer this kingdom. Additionally, players can use the kingdom training grounds to train their army or find wild Pokémon and link with them. After battling with a Warlord, the game automatically registers them. Using the built-in local wireless features of Nintendo DS, players can use their registered armies to battle with friends who also own the game.

Warlords and Pokémon: Each Warlord has a special ability that can change the tide of battle. For example, Warlord Oichi has the ability to heal all the Pokémon in a player's army. Also, like Pokémon, Warlords have types that will determine how well they link to particular Pokémon. Some Warlords will have the ability to choose from and link with several different kinds of Pokémon.

For more information about Pokémon Conquest, visit http://www.pokemon.com.

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Bankai

#2

Bankai said:

This is not a very good game. The main problem being it's a strategy game (and one that is meant to use Nobunaga's Ambition as a key component) that requires very little real strategy to do well in.

Just as well they dropped the Nobunaga's Ambition from the title. It was almost false advertising.

Pokefanmum82

#3

Pokefanmum82 said:

Sounds like a challenging game. Not sure if I'm going to get it or not. Probably will still get it for a pokemon fix before Black 2 and White 2.

Sonicman

#6

Sonicman said:

Why couldn't it have been Fire Emblem and Pokémon (my two favorite RPGs!) D:

hydeks

#11

hydeks said:

yaaa....so far I have no idea how to take this game lol I like pokemon sorta, but I don't know anything about Nobunaga Ambition series....soo...hmm

Kinioka

#12

Kinioka said:

Does anyone know if you will be able to play the game with different difficulties ?

AVahne

#13

AVahne said:

My friend is ultra syked for this game. I'll probably pick it up sometime, just for the chance to play a Pokemon SRPG. Fire Emblem is still king of the genre though.

paburrows

#14

paburrows said:

This is exciting, I've been waiting for another Final Fantasy Tactics or Advance Wars type game! In the mean time what other stratagy games are there for the DS or 3DS?

Bankai

#16

Bankai said:

@voog2 as lovely as your sarcasm is, America is not the centre of the universe and the game has been released in Japan.

In Japan you can exchange money for games that might not have been released in America yet. Which I have done, and so, therefore, I have played this game.

It's basically "My First SRPG" - so Final Fantasy Tactics but simpler. Like FFT, there's none of the genuine strategy that a game like Nobunaga's Ambition features.

Bankai

#18

Bankai said:

@TBD - yep, basically. I really do have to emphasise how simple it is - it's not simple in the sense of "Advance Wars/ Fire Emblem has simple mechanics but depth underneath," it's simple in the sense of "built for children," simple.

People who really don't like strategy games, but like Pokemon, will probably enjoy it, because the production values are quite reasonable. It's bitterly disappointing for anyone who was expecting any kind of "strategy" in the game, though. Which it must be said I was because I bought it when it still had the "Nobunaga's Ambition" in the title.

I... didn't get what I paid for :P

Bankai

#21

Bankai said:

Kinioka - I honestly can't remember selecting a difficulty when I started the game. I might have, I'll need to check that for you when I get home. That's not the simplicity I'm really talking about, though. In this game Pokemon only have the one attack, and there's none of the stuff that would usually be in a Nobunaga's Ambition game - no supply lines, no unit morale, no politicing. It's just too straightforward for a strategy game. And then, yes, it's easy. If there were difficulty levels, I would have selected the most challenging when I played through, and I found it a cakewalk.

But I'll check and get back to you

@nba4life I scored it 2.5/5 when I reviewed it.

nba4life

#22

nba4life said:

@ChocoGoldfish
you got a good point cause if its a cakewalk then it isnt gonna be ok with me either(i like my strategy games challenging!) that being said, 50% is kind of low isnt it.

Bankai

#23

Bankai said:

@nba4life not when a strategy game isn't strategic, it isn't. It's like having a platformer that doesn't involve jumping.

Wintendo

#25

Wintendo said:

@ChocoGoldfish I knew it was released in Japan. And I know America isn't the centre of the universe; because frankly, I don't live there! And I only assumed you'd never played it, because the way you worded your statement, it seemed to me like you were judging a book by it's cover. Sorry.

Anyway, this game looks good :)

MarkyVigoroth

#26

MarkyVigoroth said:

"[T]his could be a substantial warmup for the arrival of Pokémon Black & White 2. "
Jes; I had been thinking just that myself, even though that would be a United States release being a warmup for a Nipponese release, so, in reality, the warmup would best affect importers/pirates.

P.S. I find the Rhyperior the more interesting part of the picture here.

sinalefa

#27

sinalefa said:

Most Pokémon games are aimed at kids, so it only makes sense if this is a strategy game for kids. I had no idea it would be this close to release. Waiting for reviews anyway.

Sakura_Moonlight2421

#28

Sakura_Moonlight2421 said:

@ChocoGoldfish Their target audience is kids after all. You can't expect them to sell a game that isn't kid friendly for their demographic. That'd be like saying I bought an apple but it turned out to be an orange.

photofool83

#30

photofool83 said:

I want this game but I am still heavily into Pokemon Black, which I started at the beginning of April. (Btw, anyone have an Oshawatt to trade? Just kidding, well, actually I'm not.)

rjejr

#31

rjejr said:

I'm glad to hear it's an easy strategy game as both my 7 and 9 year old sons - the target audience for Pokemon games - are really looking forward to this, but I wouldn't let them get it if was too difficult. And while the 7 year old may be a bit too young for strategy games I think he can handle simple strategy as he has played alot of tower defense games. The 9 year old won't have a problem.

As for the person who bought a Nobonaga's Ambition game but got a simple game instead, I do feel bad for you being mislead. A lot of people hated Starfox Adventures b/c it wasn't a Starfox game. It happens to be my favorite GC though as I had never played a Starfox game before so I didn't understand all the hate. My point is - you're 2.5 out of 5 score sounds more based on what you were expecting and got than the games merits alone, so I'm hoping it will be better for my kids.

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