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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:
| 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 is not considered a game, but rather an accessory for owners of Pokémon Diamond Version, Pearl Version, and Platinum Version. 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 a 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 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl or Pokémon Platinum (in Japan only) 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 Pokémon Diamond and Pearl or Pokémon Platinum 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. The title is not compatible with Pokémon Platinum outside of Japan. There are no known current plans to release this update outside of Japan. My Pokémon Ranch will not work with Platinum without this update.
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 to 30.
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 always 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. When she has brought all tradeable Pokémon, her confirmation message will change to "All right. Leave it to me! I will bring a ___ Pokémon tomorrow!"
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 Pokémon
- ZigZag Parade - Deposit at least 25 Zigzagoon
- Dash - Deposit Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Meowth, Teddiursa and Munchlax
- 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:
- Attractor - A magnetic device that Miis can use to draw Pokémon to them.
- Bonfire - A fire that Pokémon and Miis can watch. Pokémon and Miis that get too close to it can be burned. Pokémon weak to the Fire type are naturally scared of the Bonfire.
- Bounce back ball - An incredibly bouncy ball that is sent flying if a Pokémon touches it, and knocks away any Pokémon and Miis it hits while moving.
- Burst ball - A large round explosive that explodes whenever Pokémon touch it, sending them flying.
- Challenger - A dummy for Pokémon to use their attacks on.
- Fountain - A water fountain that, when Pokémon or Miis jump on, increases in power to give them a brief lift.
- Leader Flag - A flag that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon in a large group.
- Parade Drum - A drum that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon in a long line.
- Pitfall - A hole that Pokémon and Miis can jump into. They return falling from the sky.
- Poké balloons - Balloons that a Pokémon or Mii can attach to their head in order to fly around.
- 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. If a heavy Pokémon jumps on their head, the Mii will be stunned.
- 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 it too long.
- Poké rocket - Pokémon can jump inside. Then, when the rocket aims, it launches the Pokémon.
- Pokémon pallet - A pallet that when used by a Pokémon, summons all of the Pokémon in a ranch to get together to form an image of the user's in-game sprite.
- Round rock - Pokémon can tackle the rock so that it moves. The Pokémon then try to dodge it. If they lose, they become run over and flattened.
- Slippery peel - A banana peel that trips Pokémon and Miis that step on it.
- Snowman - A Snowman that freezes Pokémon and Miis that get too close to it. Pokémon resistant to the Ice type enjoy a sprinkle of snowflakes. Temporarily shrinks if a Fire-type attack is used against it.
- Spin ride - It is shaped like a tree trunk. Pokémon and miis can jump on it and get a quick spin around.
- Spring stand - Pokémon can jump onto the stand and then will be sprung into the sky, landing not far away.
- Stinky ball - Miis can pick this up. Then a stench is released that repels Pokémon and Miis and causes the Mii carrying it 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.
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.
- 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.
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.