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| My Pokémon Ranch|
Hayley with a player's Pokémon
|| Basic info
|| Virtual Life
| Part of:
|| Release dates
|| March 25, 2008
| North America:
|| June 9, 2008
|| July 4, 2008
|| July 4, 2008
| South Korea:
| Hong Kong:
My Pokémon Ranch (Japanese: みんなのポケモン牧場 Everyone's Pokémon Ranch) is a WiiWare title that was announced at Nintendo's fall 2007 conference. It was developed by Ambrella and can be purchased for 1,000 Wii Points. Pokémon can be transferred from Diamond and Pearl and stored on a farm. The player can use up to 8 Diamond and Pearl games to send their Pokémon, which then can be organized in the ranch by factors like height and weight. Hayley will give the player information on the Pokémon, which will be different from the info in the games. She will also bring a Pokémon each day to the ranch for which the player can trade.
The farm is owned by Hayley, a friend of Bebe's. Players can sort, take pictures, and interact with up to 1,000 of their Pokémon.
It is essentially a Generation IV version of Pokémon Box. However, it is notable that Pokémon Ranch is similar to Pokémon Battle Revolution in that it will only interact with specific save files. This means that if a Pokémon is placed on the ranch, only the game from which it was placed onto the ranch may take the Pokémon back off it. This prevents people storing Pokémon and starting a new game - something for which previous storage titles were quite useful.
- My Pokémon Ranch is able to connect, store and withdraw Pokémon from 8 different Pokémon Diamond and Pearl game cards using the Nintendo DS's connectivity. It is able to store up to 1,000 Pokémon at a time.
- Pokémon and Miis can interact in full 3D on the Wii. A Pokémon's behavior in the ranch can be determined by the Pokémon's nature, moves, etc.
- The player is able to take pictures at any time when on the ranch and save them to the message board or a SD card. Taking pictures of objects can be made easier by applying a Focus Lock or spinning the screen around using the Nunchuk.
- Using WiiConnect24, the player can send pictures he or she has taken on the ranch to other friends.
- On occasions, the player and Hayley can trade Pokémon on the ranch. Her traded Pokémon can be withdrawn onto the player's Pokémon Diamond and Pearl game card.
- A Pokémon's shiny coloring and gender differences are visible in the game.
- If a Pokémon came from a special place or is level 100, they will sparkle in a green and blue hue, respectively.
Once a player has stored Pokémon for the first time, Hayley will take the player's Pokédex data and from it, request "Wanted Pokémon", Pokémon that are typically not yet in the player's Pokédex (although once the player has caught a lot of Pokémon, she may request one that the player has already caught). The game will provide the player with all the information on acquiring the listed Pokémon, including information on a Pokémon's pre-evolved form, and if an item is needed to evolve it, where that item can be found. This can be used to both assist and motivate said player into completing their Pokédex. The player is given 10 days to acquire this Pokémon until the post is removed and a new one is made. "Wanted Pokémon" requests are tied to specific game cards, if one trainer deposits a Pokémon that is on another's wanted list, nothing will happen. If all of a player's Wanted posts expire, Hayley will occasionally ask the player to connect their DS so new ones can be made.
- Main article: Hayley's trades
Whenever the player brings in one of the "Wanted Pokémon", Hayley will offer to trade one of her Pokémon for it, and the Pokémon received will be one of the following twenty and will know a TM, egg move, or have something else that makes them unique.
All of these Pokémon will have the OT Hayley (English) or ユカリ (Japanese) and the Trainer ID number 01000. Note that all of the Pokémon with specific natures cannot have a different nature, gender, and ability and they cannot be shiny.
These two Pokémon are only available once some requirements are filled. Once 250 Pokémon are present on the ranch, the ranch will expand and jump to a new level. When this level is obtained, Hayley will add a new Pokémon to the "Wanted" board, Leafeon. When Leafeon is brought to the ranch, she will offer to trade it for her Phione. When 999 Pokémon are present, the ranch will expand and jump to level 25, the maximum level. Once this level is obtained, a new wanted Pokémon will be added. Hayley is now asking for any Pokémon egg. When the egg is brought, she will offer to trade it for her Mew.
Every 15 minutes, a random event in the ranch will occur. These events don't have any real significance, only intended for a good picture opportunity. Some events only occur after the player has a certain amount of Pokémon or certain kind of Pokémon in the ranch.
- Attention - Deposit at least 1 Pokemon
- ZigZag Parade - Deposit at least 25 Zigzagoon
- Dash - Deposit Bulbasaur, Pikachu , Meowth, Teddiursa and Munchlax
- Air Parade - Deposit at least 11 Pokemon that leviate about the ranch
- Totem Pole - Deposit at least 5 Pokemon
- Hip-Hop - Deposit at least 20 Cleffa
- Pikachu Party - Deposit at least 20 Pikachu
- Circle Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokemon of the same species
- Ring Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokemon of the same type
- ZigZag Dance - Deposit at least 20 Zigzagoon
- Slow Waltz - Deposit at least 10 of each: Illumise and Volbeat
- Do the Wave - Deposit 25 Minun and Plusle
- Chorus - Deposit several Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff
- Carousel - Deposit at least 40: Ponyta, Rapidash, Stantler and Girafarig
- Clock - Happens every hour
- Keyboard - Deposit all the Unown
Toys for Pokémon and Miis to play with are delivered to the Ranch every day. The amount of toys delivered depends on the size of the ranch. The toys delivered change randomly every day. The toys each come in a present box which must be picked up and dropped to open. The following is a list of toys available in My Pokémon Ranch
- Bounce back ball
- Burst ball
- Glacidea Flower
- Leader Flag
- Parade Drum
- Poké bell
- Poké cushion
- Poké microphone
- Poké pendulum
- Poké rocket
- Pokémon pallet
- Round rock
- Slippery peel
- Spin ride
- Spring stand
- Stinky ball
- Training bag
- Main article: Club Look-See
Club Look-See is a group of people that will come to the Ranch and invite the player to see their ranch. Each member is assigned a number (#1, #2, and so on) and they will appear in order of their number. Each member's ranch has a certain theme, this means that each of their ranches is filled with a certain Pokémon. Each member's Mii also typically bears some resemblance to the Pokémon they have. These are special occurrences that will happen periodically.
After Platinum was released the Ranch channel was updated:
It is unknown when the update for other language versions of the software will be released.
My Pokemon Ranch recieved generally negative reviews. The largest critisms of the game was the lack of interaction with the game, 1 and the fact that the player has to own a copy of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the majority of the games features to be accessible, 2. In addition, some reviewers critsed the games Mii-like graphics, with IGN calling it "the ugliest Pokémon game to hit any videogame system", 3. The game recieved an average score of 47% on Metacritic