Conclusion: Pokemon Conquest is one of this year’s nicest surprises for the Nintendo DS and 3DS. It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s engaging, and it combines two popular properties with relative ease. If you’re tired of slogging through regular Pokemon battles, maybe it’s time for you to take your favorite critters out for a walk on a real battlefield. Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy .
Summary: When Tecmo Koei first revealed that it was working on a crossover between Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition , heads were understandably turned. While I'd have much preferred Dynasty Warriors , the concept was nonetheless intriguing and worthy of attention, seeming just too ridiculous to not be worth at least a chance. Of course, baffling games that sound great on paper don't often end up too well in practice.
Excerpt: Long time readers know I enjoy playing the Shining Force kind of video games. I patiently await a new game in that franchise from Sega. I also look for anyone to get into the same league as Shining Force. Family Friendly Gaming massively covered Pokemon Conquest. It was our hope that this game would at least enter the Shining Force arena. Pokemon Conquest finally entered a price zone I was willing to pay for, and risk that it would be worth the entry fee.
Excerpt: Pokémon Conquest is the crossover that no one saw coming. A mix of classic Pokémon RPG mechanics and Koei’s long running historical strategy and simulation series Nobunaga’s Ambition , at first glance it seems like they would make for a poor pairing. As it turns out, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Though Pokémon Conquest largely drops the historical aspects of Koei’s series, it keeps the kingdom conquering and strategy battles, now fought using Pokémon.
Strategy-based battle game breathes new life to series.
Common Sense Media
29 July 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Pokemon Conquest is a very different game than every other title in the Pokemon franchise. This game is a strategy-based role-playing game in which players conduct battles on various game-like boards. Players move their Pokemon to various points on the board so that they can attach nearby opponents while also preventing being attacked from the opposing Pokemon.
Summary: Not only is Pokémon Conquest one of the best tactical RPGs that I have played in some time, but I’m also thrilled to have another Nobunaga’s Ambition title in English – the first since Iron Triangle . Pokémon Conquest is a wonderful blend of the two franchises and the end result is a game unlike any other, although comparisons to games like Dragon Force , Dark Wizard and Brigandine are apt.
Conclusion: Perhaps the greatest achievement of Pokémon Conquest, however, is that it made us want to go back and play one of Koei’s earlier, duller and more convoluted Nobunaga games. And any game that can make us feel that way is worthy of high praise indeed.
Conclusion: Pokémon Conquest is a big game, and while the main story and 17 kingdoms can be conquered in about 20 hours, there is still lots to do. After the main quest, new challenges arise that start to make the game quite difficult. And like the rest of the games, the desire to recruit and catch all the Pokémon gives the game that much more replay value.