Pokemon Conquest DSi and DS Lite
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Pokemon Conquest Product Details
Released on 27-Jul-2012
Set in the mythical land of Ransei, Pokémon Conquest sees you take the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokémon, and together you must gather Warrior allies to strengthen the growing kingdom. Throughout your journey, you will encounter a variety of Pokémon, as well as Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. The game contains nearly 200 Pokémon, including many from the recent Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games.
As the battlefield unfolds you must choose the correct Pokémon type to inflict maximum damage on your opponents. The turn-based skirmishes will keep you on your toes, making sure you choose the right tactics in intense six-on-six battles, where battle conditions can change on every turn.
New features for players to conquer include:
- Story: Nobunaga is a powerful Warlord determined take over Ransei, and you'll need to stop him! You'll need to conquer different kingdoms to strengthen and grow your own kingdom – conquering and uniting all 17 kingdoms will awaken the Legendary Pokémon and save the land from destruction. Story mode is organised by episodes which you will unlock as you progress, and each episode features a different playable Warlord and victory conditions.
- Army Mechanics: Build your army by recruiting defeated Warlords and their Pokémon. But that's not all you get - once a kingdom is conquered, its faqcilities are yours to use freely, from training grounds, to shops to buy items, to mines for money. You can also strengthen your army by linking with Pokémon, switching between them before battle to ensure you have the right strategy for the type of battle they are about to engage in.
- Battle Mechanics: Each of the 17 kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield that you will encounter and overcome, such as the fire-themed kingdom Ignis complete with lava flows, lava beds and fire spouts for players to battle around - strategically using water-type Pokémon to navigate through this battlefield will help you conquer this kingdom. You can also use the kingdom training grounds to train your army or find wild Pokémon and link with them. Using the built-in local wireless connection on the Nintendo DS, you can battle with friends who also own the game with their registered armies.
- Warlords and Pokémon: Just like Pokemon, there are different types of Warlord, and each Warlord has a special ability that can change the tide of battle. The type of Warlord will determine how well they link to particular Pokémon, and some Warlords even have the ability to link with several different kinds of Pokémon.
The weird and wonderful genre-hopping Pokemon Conquest will reach the UK on July 27th, Nintendo has confirmed. The game has already been launched in Japan and the US.
The Nintendo DS game, developed by Dynasty Warriors studio Tecmo Koei, mashes up the cute and cuddly world of Pokemon with the historical action of cult strategy title Nobunaga's Ambition, which is set in feudal Japan. It's as much turn-based strategy as role-playing adventure, and earned a hearty thumbs up from the likes of IGN and Nintendo Power earlier this month.
As a young warlord, setting out to defy the evil Nobunaga, you'll fight through seventeen kingdoms, defeating rival armies and building your own forces. You'll do this by recruiting and training Pokemon, over 200 of the blighters to be exact, drawn from classic Pokemon titles including the recent Black and White.
Pokemon Conquest is just one of many new Pokemon products headed our way in 2012. Autumn sees the release of million-selling sequel Black and White 2, while the 3DS will gain new Pokemon-related apps later this year as well. There's even something called Pokemon Typing coming in September. But will it be super-effective?
Gotta Conquer 'Em All!
Pokémon: you think you've caught them all, right? You think you know those cute little critters inside out, and you may also suspect that while they're as fun and as colourful as ever, they've lost the ability to really surprise you?
Prepare to be shocked, then. Pokémon Conquest is here, and it rewrites the rules behind Pokémon brilliantly. All your favourite monsters are included, of course, but this is a bold and inventive off-shoot that really brings new life to the series. Are you ready to take your Meowths and Tepigs into battle? Have you got what it takes to unite the 17 kingdoms of Ransei? Right! Let's get going, then!
It's super effective!
Pokémon Conquest blends Nintendo's brilliant collect-'em-up franchise with the Nobunaga's Ambition series of strategy RPGs. (Don't worry if you've never heard of them, by the way - neither had we, and it didn't ruin our fun in the slightest.)
Nobunaga's Ambition is a deep, tactical experience about Japanese warlords fighting for control of territory. Pokémon Conquest takes all that, and throws in handfuls of colourful pocket monsters. You hunt around your kingdom for Pokémon to collect, and then you throw them into battle to win over new lands and new cities. Each territory you gain gives you more Pokémon to hunt for and collect, and eventually you're in charge of a veritable army. And not before time, too. There's a rival general on the move, and he's not as sweet-natured as you are. Time to save the day!
Battles play out on 3D grids. They're turn-based, but they're pretty hectic with it. Every Pokémon you wield has a standard attack that they can use against the enemy, but their warrior trainer can throw in an additional skill, and they can also rely on items and power-ups. The fighting's great fun, and the environments add a real twist to proceedings. If you're going to be victorious, you'll need to be a master of the land as well as your monsters: make sure you take on your foes from higher ground, for example, and don't allow stragglers to get separated!
Each battlefield also comes with its own gimmicks, whether it's an electrical landscape prone to dangerous thunderstorms, or a sandy wilderness where you can find yourself caught in traps. The AI's smart, and battles move along at a real speed, too. You'll be surprised how exciting this more strategic spin on standard Pokémon brawling can be. We've been hooked for weeks.
Happy Evee After!
It helps, of course, that the presentation is amazing. The landscapes are gorgeous bursts of watercolour elegance, the character designs are sharp and stylish, and the Pokémon move and attack with real character. When you're not fighting your rivals, there's plenty of stuff to be done in your kingdom, too, as you shore up defences, train your troops, hunt for new monsters, and load up on gold.
The campaign should last you twenty or so hours, but that's only the beginning. After that you can expect numerous side-quest scenarios to work through, most of which will provide an entirely new level of challenge. You can also take on your friends using the local wi-fi battling option. Be sure to train up your team first, though, as things are likely to get competitive.
And of course there are Pokémon everywhere you look, with 200 series favourites to locate and train throughout the game. Choosing who to take into battle can often be a trickier process than the ensuing fight itself, and if you're a fan of Nintendo's franchise, you're going to see a lot of familiar faces.
Pokémon Conquest isn't just a great Pokémon spin-off, then: it shows that there's still plenty of life in the little critters, while serving as an ideal introduction to the brilliant world of strategy RPGs. If you like this, you're going to love other Nintendo classics like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem - they're deep and colourful and worryingly addictive.
In fact, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Our Verdict: 9.0
- Great art style!
- Great battles!
- Brilliant multiplayer!
- We want more Pokémon!
- We could do with a 3DS version!
- We didn't want it to end!
The weird and wonderful genre-hopping Pokemon Conquest will reach the UK on July 27th, Nintendo has confirmed. The game has already been launched in Japan and the US.…
Are you ready to take your Meowths and Tepigs into battle? Have you got what it takes to unite the 17 kingdoms of Ransei? Right! Let's get going, then! Pokemon Conquest is here, and it rewrites the ru…
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