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| Pokémon Conquest|
Pokémon Conquest's box art
|| Release dates
|| March 19, 2012
| North America:
|| June 18, 2012
|| June 21, 2012
|| July 27, 2012
| South Korea:
| Japanese boxart
Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition boxart
Pokémon Conquest (Japanese: ポケモン＋ノブナガの野望 Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition) is a spin-off crossover between the Pokémon and Nobunaga's Ambition series of games, a first for the franchise. It was released in Japan on March 17, 2012, in North America on June 18, 2012, in Australia on June 21, 2012 and in Europe on July 27, 2012.
Following a series of news regarding surprising announcements from both Jump Festa 2012 and the first issue of CoroCoro magazine in 2012, the game was revealed on December 17, 2011, at the Jump Festa event itself, with the official site launching soon after.
The game takes place in the Ransei region. Various Pokémon from the first five generations appear in this game. The game is Nintendo DSi enhanced.
Pokémon Conquest was the second collaboration between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei, with the first being the Murasame Castle mode in Samurai Warriors 3. Because Tsunekaz Ishihara was a fan of Nobunaga's Ambition and Tecmo-Koei president Kou Shibasawa was a fan of Pokémon, this presented an opportunity to work with each other. Among one of the key design elements of Ransei was the fact that the first Nobunaga's Ambition game featured 17 regions, just as there were 17 different Pokémon types at the time. Among Koei's game franchises, this is the first collaboration effort for Nobunaga's Ambition; all previous collaborations had been through the Warriors series. In deference to this, character designs for Pokémon Conquest were primarily taken from Samurai Warriors 3 as opposed to a Nobunaga's Ambition game.
For Pokémon Conquest, each of the Warlords' initial (Rank I) costumes are based on their default costumes from Samurai Warriors 3, and an original costume when they rank up to Rank II. (The exceptions are Nobunaga, where this is reversed, and Hideyoshi, whose Rank I and Rank II costumes are taken from Samurai Warriors and Samurai Warriors 3 respectively; his Rank III costume is original). There are some minor modifications in character appearances and costumes between the two games, however:
- Some characters' costumes were altered to better associate them with their Perfect Link Pokémon: for example, Motonari's hair was turned green to better resemble Servine, while Kunoichi's outfit became primarily black instead of white, in order to better associate her with Sneasel.
- Some characters' appearances were altered to better express their Samurai Warriors 3 characterizations: for example, Mitsunari, Kiyomasa, and Masanori are all depicted as children in Pokémon Conquest to reinforce Nene acting as a mother of sorts to Hideyoshi's retainers.
- Almost all of the characters are depicted without their weapons, though some remain if they are not particularly "weapon-like": for example, Shingen and his iconic war fan, Motochika and his shamisen, Ujiyasu and his cane, and Okuni and her parasol.
- Some clan crests are altered to incorporate a Pokémon motif: Oichi's costume has a number of Poké Ball symbols where the Azai clan crest was in her Samurai Warriors 3 costume, while Yukimura's costume has Poké Balls as part of the Sanada clan crest instead of coins.
Similarly, the choice of Perfect Link Pokémon for a given Warlord may be influenced by their Samurai Warriors 3 personality or moveset:
- Motochika's attacks are primarily based on the water element in Samurai Warriors 3, hence his pairing with Dewott
- Kanbei's appearance resembling a ghost in some side story missions is the inspiration behind his pairing with Lampent
- Tadakatsu's reputation of being the Samurai Warriors series' unbeatable foe is the inspiration of pairing him with Dialga
Of the Samurai Warriors 3 cast, only three characters are not also present in Pokémon Conquest.
Pokémon Conquest features a turn-based strategy battle system. Up to six Pokémon on each side are positioned on the battlefield, one for each participating Warrior, and both sides take turns moving and attacking with their Pokémon. A battle is won or lost when the engaging army manages or fails to achieve the victory conditions, which vary by location, within a numbered amount of turns, which also vary by location. When a battle is fought, the strength of the link (which is this game's analogy to experience points) between participating Pokémon and their respective Warriors will usually increase. Battles can be fought in wild Pokémon kingdom locations, or against other kingdoms, which are conquered upon victory. Free Warriors (including Warlords) can be recruited to the player's army if they are defeated in a way that meets one of several recruitment criteria. Players may save their progress at any point in time during single-player, even during a battle. There is also a multiplayer local wireless mode in which two players may battle each other.
Pokémon in the game can grow in strength by increasing their link with their Warrior. A Pokémon's single move will strengthen as the link increases, signified by +1 (20% link), +2 (40% link), +3 (60% link), +4 (80% link), or +S (100% link), being added to the move's name. Depending on how well matched a pair is, the maximum value of the link between the two varies, with most Warriors only able to achieve a 100% or Perfect Link with a single species of Pokémon. Aside from growing more powerful, Pokémon may evolve when their link reaches a high enough percentage, though there are also Pokémon which evolve through other conditions such as the use of specific items. Warriors can also establish links with Pokémon other than the one they started with, though only one can be used by each Warrior in a given battle at a time. Certain Warriors will have a more difficult time finding their Perfect Link than others, as some Pokémon only appear on special, random occasions. However, through the use of a password these Pokémon can be found much more easily. In the case of legendary Pokémon, which certain Warlords share Perfect Links with, they each have their specific criteria required for appearing.
The game makes use of the seventeen Pokémon types and their respective weaknesses, resistances, and immunities. Pokémon also have various Abilities, many the same as in the main series games, and many unique new additions. Warriors also have Warrior Skills that can be used once per battle, which have various effects such as powering up or healing Pokémon. Warriors can also equip items, which can provide additional effects such as stat increases or in-battle effects.
Warriors can only take one action per month. This means a Warrior who is picked to buy from a Shop or a traveling merchant cannot be chosen to battle or mine for gold afterwards, as they have used up their action for the month, and the same is said for any other executed action, including Ponigiri Shops and challenges to neighboring kingdoms. In the case of purchasing from Shops, the action only counts if the player actually buys something, meaning that one can browse without using up the turn.
Players can choose to delegate by picking one of three options: Train (increase link), Search (recruit more allies), or Develop (increase gold and spend on leveling kingdom locations up). Various locations are also available per kingdom, such as Shops, in which the player can buy items. Traveling merchants may also visit on occasion. These merchants have higher prices but offer evolution items as well as high quality supplies. There are also Ponigiri Shops. Feeding a Pokémon these will increase its Energy, which affects its performance in battle. Sometimes extra ponigiri will be offered. If the Pokémon eats too much of it, its Energy will decrease. If the Pokémon doesn't eat too much, the Energy level will be maximized.
When the player does not use a recruited Warrior in a kingdom for a certain number of months, the Warrior will become dissatisfied and an angry face will appear on their profile page. Once they are used in the kingdom, the angry face disappears during the next month. If the recruited Warrior isn't used for two months after the angry face appears, the Warrior will leave the army.
Random events will also occur at predetermined times. Some events may occur depending on the player's current funds or an item in the inventory. Sometimes bandits will steal an item or someone's Pokémon; this gives the player an optional fight. Weather is another occurrence that may raise the Energy of Pokémon depending on their type; for example, a heat wave raises the Energy of Fire-type Pokémon.
Plot of The Legend of Ransei
Legend has it that the one who will be able to conquer all seventeen kingdoms of Ransei will bring the return of the region's creator. Players begin in the story known as The Legend of Ransei.
The player starts off in the nation of Aurora with their partner Eevee, having just become the most recent Warlord. They then meet up with Mitsunari, Kiyomasa, and Masanori, who taunt the player, stating that they aren't ready to be a Warlord. At this point, two Warriors from the neighboring nation of Ignis quickly challenge the player to battle. Oichi joins in the battle to support the player.
After defeating the duo, Oichi relays the details of the legend of Ransei, and sets the player off on a quest to unite the 17 nations. The player first challenges Hideyoshi's nation of Ignis, then moves on to battle Motonari in Greenleaf and Motochika in Fontaine. Along the way, the player learns how to recruit other Warlords and link with wild Pokémon.
From there, the player is able to conquer Violight, led by Ginchiyo; Chrysalia, led by Yoshimoto; and Pugilis, led by Yoshihiro. At this point, the nations of Terrera and Illusio, led by Kenshin and Shingen respectively, become available for conquering. However, when the player goes to challenge one of them, they will not accept the challenge, stating that the player is not yet ready to face them, and turn the player's forces back. At this point, whichever nation the player went to will send forces back to the nation in which the player resides (either Pugilis or Chrysalia), and the player must defend their nation from the attack.
Upon a successful defense, the player will undergo a Warrior transformation, allowing them to successfully challenge the nation. After defeating either Kenshin or Shingen's forces, both will join the player on their quest to unite the nations. At this point, Nobunaga himself appears before the player, stating his own aims to conquer Ransei (and in doing so, debates with Oichi, who is revealed to be his sister, about his goals).
Following this, the player can then conquer the nations of Cragspur, led by Ujiyasu; Avia, led by Masamune; Viperia, led by Nene; and Yaksha, led by Kotarō. Upon defeating one of these nations, Keiji will appear and give the player three evolutionary stones—the Fire Stone, Water Stone and Thunderstone—which will allow the player to evolve their Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon or Flareon if they so choose.
After defeating the rest of the area's Warlords, the three nations of Nobunaga's highest aides will appear: Spectra, led by Nō; Valora, led by Ieyasu; and Nixtorm, led by Mitsuhide. Upon defeat of these three, the final nation, Dragnor, appears, and the player is able to battle Nobunaga himself.
Upon conquering the final nation, a cutscene will play in which several pillars of light shoot out from across the nation and converge on a tower in Dragnor. When the player enters the tower, they find the legendary Pokémon Arceus awaiting them. Arceus tells the player to link with it, and the battle begins. When the player successfully links with Arceus, Nobunaga appears and reveals that he planned all along for this to happen. He secretly wanted to get Arceus appear so that he could strike it down and prove to the region that the legend was unimportant. Nobunaga, along with Nō, Ieyasu, Mitsuhide, Hideyoshi, and Ranmaru, then challenge the player's party to the final battle.
Upon defeating Nobunaga, the player brings peace to the land of Ransei, allowing each Warlord leader to rule their respective nations once again. Arceus goes off, telling the player it will appear again when the time is right.
Warlords and Pokémon unite to conquer the land!
- Main article: List of Pokémon Conquest characters
In Pokémon Conquest, players take control of Warriors' Pokémon. Each Warrior in the game, excluding the Hero/Heroine, is based on someone from Japanese history, with several notable ones portraying Warlords in the game. There are also multiple non-playable characters, with unique character designs, such as the Messenger or the male Farmer.
- Main article: List of Pokémon Conquest stories
After the first story, The Legend of Ransei, eight other stories are unlocked, allowing the player to play through several different stories as different characters. Each episode has a specific goal that must be complete in order to clear it, ranging from uniting the region to defeating a certain number of Warlords to collecting a certain number of Pokémon. Notably, the player won't be allowed to replay The Legend of Ransei despite being able to replay all other stories. Instead, players can only unlock a final story after clearing any 33 stories. This story is an altered version of the first story.
Downloadable stories and events
In addition to the above stories, several more may be unlocked via Wi-Fi. Much like missions from Ranger Net, the stories require unlocking. Events are also available through Wi-Fi, and these events can only happen during certain stories.
|| The Free Spirit's Path
|| March 24 to April 13, 2012
- Clear The Legend of Ransei
| North America
|| July 12 to December 31, 2012
| A Date With Destiny
|| April 14 to May 11, 2012
- Clear The Legend of Ransei
| North America
|| July 27 to December 31, 2012
| A Fate Born of Beauty
|| May 12 to June 8, 2012
- Clear The Legend of Ransei
| North America
|| July 2 to December 31, 2012
|| Motochika and Motonari
|| March 17, 2012 onwards
| North America
|| June 18 to December 31, 2012
| Hideyoshi and Reshiram
|| March 31, 2012 onwards
- Control of Ignis
- Hideyoshi in the army
- At least in April, Year 1
| North America
|| August 13 to December 31, 2012
Certain events can happen in kingdoms that will affect gameplay.
Rainstorms, snowstorms, or heat waves can appear in kingdoms. They will be signified by an icon of a rain cloud, snowflake, or a sun appearing over the affected kingdoms.
Sometimes one of the Farmers will show up and ask for a monetary donation. This will happen from time to time and if the player lets all the farmers have money, they will eventually hold a festival to thank for the support and give the player rare gift items.
A Messenger will sometimes appear at the start of the month. The Messenger will alert the player when there is an approaching invasion, when there is a rare Pokémon appearing in a kingdom, and when certain kingdom events appear.
Warriors from other kingdoms will visit one of the player's kingdoms where they can be battled and recruited.
One of the traveling merchants may visit, offering a large selection of rare items.
A Professor will offer advice about basic game mechanics once every story.
A gang of bandits may steal an item belonging to the player's army, and must be defeated in order to recover the stolen item.
A gang of thieves may kidnap a Princess's Lilligant, and must be defeated in order to receive a reward item from the Princess. In the event that the player does not manage to defeat the gang of thieves, or simply let them escape without battling, the Princess will still get her Lilligant back.
A Warrior in the player's army may ask for permission to go on a training trip, after which (if permission is granted) he or she will be absent for months, sending the player letters and items while gone, before returning with a new Pokémon met and linked with during the trip.
A Pokémon that shares a 100% link with its Warrior may briefly disappear, returning with one or more items.
Certain Pokémon will appear in one kingdom the month after their password is typed in the Password section. After a password is used, it may not be used again unless save data is cleared. However, some Pokémon, such as Pikachu, have multiple passwords, which allow for more than one appearance. This is due to passwords occupying one of 64 slots. When a slot is taken up, a password that would use that slot cannot be used.
Pokémon Conquest's score of 34/40
Gaming magazine Famitsu has given Pokémon Conquest a score of 34/40. The reviewers praised how it was easy for children to understand along with its high replay value.
In addition, Nintendo Power magazine gave the game a rating of 9/10. The magazine cited its engaging and elaborate gameplay, also noting that it was simple enough to pick up for newcomers to the tactical RPG genre. It currently holds a score of 80% on Metacritic.
- Main article: Staff of Pokémon Conquest
- ↑ Official site (JA)
- ↑ Official site (US)
- ↑ Nintendo of Australia
- ↑ Nintendo UK