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| My Pokémon Ranch|
Logo of My Pokémon Ranch
|| Release dates
|| March 25, 2008
| North America:
|| June 9, 2008
|| July 4, 2008
|| July 4, 2008
| South Korea:
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 is not considered a game, but rather an accessory for owners of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. 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. She will ask what type of Pokémon she will bring to the ranch next.
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.
On November 5, 2008, My Pokémon Ranch was issued an update with the ability to communicate to Pokémon Platinum in Japan. According to an article in the now deleted Pokémon.com mailbag, there are no current plans to release this update outside of Japan. My Pokémon Ranch will not work with Platinum without this update. It is completely incompatible with HeartGold and SoulSilver.
The Pokémon phenomenon debuts on WiiWare with My Pokémon Ranch, a game that lets you watch as Pokémon and Miis interact with each other for the first time. Enjoy the relaxing Ranch life by viewing your Ranch and its Pokémon, taking pictures, and sending those pictures to your friends via the Wii Message Board. The more Pokémon and Miis that you bring to your Ranch, the more fun it becomes!
My Pokémon Ranch can be linked with the Nintendo DS Pokémon Diamond version and Pokémon Pearl version Game Cards to deposit the Pokémon you've caught in these games to your Ranch! You can deposit a maximum of 1,000 Pokémon from up to eight different Game Cards! Make your Ranch more lively by playing with your friends and family!
Hayley with a player's Pokémon
- My Pokémon Ranch is able to connect, store and withdraw Pokémon from 8 different Diamond or Pearl game cards using the Nintendo DS's connectivity. It is able to store up to 1,000 Pokémon at a time; however, the number rises to 1,500 after the Platinum update is applied.
- 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 Diamond or Pearl or game card.
- A Pokémon's Shiny coloring, alternate forms, 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 or blue sparkles, respectively. If both are applicable to the said Pokémon, then there will be sparkles of both colors.
On November 5, 2008, My Pokémon Ranch was issued an update with the ability to communicate to Pokémon Platinum. This update has not been released outside of Japan. My Pokémon Ranch will not work with Platinum without this update, meaning the title is incompatible with Pokémon Platinum in regions other than Japan.
In this update, the following features were added:
- The ranch can now rise to level 26, which, allowing storage of an extra 500 Pokémon brings the total to 1500.
- Giratina Origin Forme will appear if it is holding a Griseous Orb when deposited.
- Shaymin Sky Forme can be added by touching the toy Gracidea, which, like all toys, can appear every once in a while.
- New Rotom forms can be added by depositing them when they are in that appliance.
- New toys and Club Look See members. Eleven new toys were added and the club members changed from 37 to 40.
- Revisit Club Look See ranches.
- A menu is added that allows changing of the song.
- Twelve new animations can be played. Some new animations consist of battles between rivals, such as Zangoose and Seviper, Dialga and Palkia, and Darkrai and Cresselia.
- Photos can be added to or from the SD card in bulk, instead of one at a time. Album size is increased from 20 to 30.
Details on how to catch a Wanted Pokémon
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. Once the player's Pokédex is filled, not counting event-only Pokémon, she'll compliment the player on their Pokédex and start requesting ones 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 not tied to specific game cards. If one player deposits a Pokémon that Hayley requested from another player, it will be taken off the Wanted list and she will ask the player to show the other player how to find Pokémon. If all of the Wanted posts expire, Hayley will 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. The Pokémon available for trade are limited to ones that Hayley has already brought to the ranch. She will occasionally bring a tradeable when the player chooses "No" for both answers when Hayley asks what kind of Pokémon she should bring to the ranch the next day.
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.
Regular events happen around the ranch at all times; Miis may interact with Pokémon by dancing with them, running away from them, mend fences, or sit down and observe Pokémon. Pokémon occasionally use attacks on each other (though causing no adverse effect), greet each other, or run away from another if it's type is weak against the other one. Attacks are not specialized, but are general type attacks; for example, for example, there is no Fire Blast or Thunder Fang, only generic, type-specific attacks such as Electric Pokémon electrocuting others or Fire-type Pokémon breathing fire.
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 Pokémon
- ZigZag Parade - Deposit at least 25 Zigzagoon
- Dash - Deposit Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Meowth, Teddiursa, Munchlax and Torchic
- Sky Parade - Deposit at least 11 Pokémon that levitate about the ranch
- Totem Pole - Deposit at least 5 Pokémon
- Hop-Hop - Deposit at least 20 Cleffa
- Pikachu Party - Deposit at least 20 Pikachu
- Circle Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokémon of the same species
- Ring Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokémon 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 8 Minun and 8 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
New Platinum events
- Wrestling Tournament - Hariyama and Makuhita
- Surf - Water Pokémon use Surf to cover the ranch in water. They then swim and jump through the water.
- Dialga vs Palkia
- Zangoose vs Seviper
- Darkrai vs Cresselia
- Rotom forms
Toys with which Pokémon and Miis may play are delivered to the ranch every day. The type of toys delivered randomly changes every day and the amount of toys depends on the size of the ranch. Each toy comes 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:
| Toy name
|| A magnetic device that Miis can use to draw Pokémon to them.
|| (Mii) might want to attract attention...
|| A fire that Pokémon and Miis can watch. Pokémon can be burned. Water type attacks temporarily douse the flames.
| Bounce back ball
|| An incredibly bouncy ball that knocks away any Pokémon and Miis it hits while moving. The faster the ball's speed, the farther that victims are sent flying.
| Burst ball
|| A large round explosive that explodes whenever touched, sending victims flying.
|| A dummy that can be challenged by a Pokémon by touching it. If Pokémon dodge the attacks, it spits out confetti in celebration.
|| (Pokémon) challenged the challenger. |
The challenge was a success! /
The challenge was a failure!
|| A water fountain that Pokémon or Miis can use to give them a brief lift. Fire type Pokémon are scared away.
|| (Pokémon) is having a good time.
| Leader Flag
|| A flag that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon in a large group.
|| (Mii) picked up the Leader Flag.
| Parade Drum
|| A drum that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon in a long line.
|| (Mii) is marching.
|| A hole that Pokémon and Miis can jump into. They return falling from the sky. Large Pokémon (e.g. Lapras or Wailord) will not fit.
|| (Pokémon) dived into the Pitfall.
| Poké balloons
|| Balloons that a Pokémon or Mii can attach to their head in order to fly around.
|| Is (Pokémon) taking a stroll in the sky?
| Poké bell
|| A Mii can use this to attract Pokémon with a ringing noise.
| Poké cushion
|| This can be placed on a Mii's head so that Pokémon can jump and rest on it. Heavy Pokémon will stun the Mii.
|| Heavy Pokémon: Oh!? |
Light Pokémon: (Mii) put (Pokémon) up high.
| Poké microphone
|| A Microphone that Pokémon can cry into. Their cries into the microphone will be heard through the Wii Remote's speaker.
| Poké pendulum
|| A pendulum that attracts Pokémon with a hypnotic effect and can put them to sleep if they watch for too long. May occasionally confuse a Pokémon instead of hypnotizing it.
|| (Pokémon) is staring at the Poké Pendulum.
| Poké rocket
|| Pokémon can jump inside. Then, after the rocket aims, it launches the Pokémon.
|| Is (Pokémon) trying to blast off to somewhere?
| Pokémon pallet
|| Summons all Pokémon in the ranch to gather and form an image of the user's in-game Mii.
Unlocked when the user has deposited 500 Pokémon into the Ranch.
| Round rock
|| When attacked, the rock moves. Pokémon then try to dodge it. Failure results in them being flattened.
|| If dodged: (Pokémon) dodged well. |
If squashed: (Pokémon) enjoyed the Round Rock challenge.
| Slippery peel
|| A banana peel that trips Pokémon and Miis who step on it.
|| Will freezes Pokémon and Miis who get too close. Temporarily shrinks under certain attacks (e.g. Fire type). Pokémon weak to the Ice type tend to run away.
|| Is (Pokémon) interested in Snowman?
| Spin ride
|| Shaped like a tree trunk, Pokémon and Miis can jump on it for a quick spin. Miis can become alarmed when spinning, and temporarily confused when spun off.
|| (Pokémon/Mii) is spinning around.
| Spring stand
|| Pokémon can jump onto the stand and then will be sprung into the sky, landing not far away.
|| (Pokémon) jumped really high.
| Stinky ball
|| Miis can pick this up, thereby releasing a stench that repels Pokémon and Miis, causing the carrying Mii to become worried. Once the Mii gets annoyed with it, he/she tosses it.
| Training bag
|| A bag with a target on it for Pokémon to use their attacks on.
|| (Pokémon) is practicing a move.
New Platinum toys
When My Pokémon Ranch is updated, 11 new toys are added to the Ranch to use. The following toys are also available with the Platinum update:
- Gracidea Flower - This flower will open up and allows Shaymin to turn into its Sky Forme.
- Birthday Cake - Confetti falls from the sky around the cake to celebrate a birthday.
- Magnet - Allows the user to pick up more than one Pokémon at a time.
- Apple Box - A small box with apple images on the side that Miis can carry Pokémon around in.
- Main article: Club Look-See
Penny, a member of Club Look-See, that has an egg theme
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, #3, 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 all 37 (40 in Platinum) have been met for the first time, they will appear in the future, but not in order.
My Pokémon Ranch received generally negative reviews. The largest criticisms of the game was the lack of interaction with the game, and the fact that the player has to own a copy of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the majority of the game's features to be accessible. In addition, some reviewers criticized the game's Mii-like graphics, with IGN calling it "the ugliest Pokémon game to hit any video game system". The game received an average score of 47% on Metacritic.
- Some Pokémon have certain characteristics exclusive to the species: for example, Mankey is often angry, and Weezing will occasionally emit a yellow, stinky gas that scares away other Pokémon (similar to the toy Stinky ball).
- ↑ Pokémon.co.jp
- ↑ Pokémon.com (US)
- ↑ Pokémon.com (UK)
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