My son is 14 and is an absolute Pokemon fanatic. Not only does he have huge stacks of Pokemon cards covering his bureau, he can recite every statistic and attack for just about every Pokemon character known to man. When he was younger, he also had the toys and regularly had battles with friends. Now that he’s a teenager, he’s hooked on the Nintendo DS Pokemon games. Since Pokemon games are generally rated E for everyone, I’m good with his addiction.
Pokemon Conquest is the latest Pokemon game available from Nintendo. Pokemon Conquest is a journey to the Land of Ransei. Ransei warriors possess the unique ability to communicate wordlessly with Pokemon and are honored by everyone from the seventeen kingdoms of Ransei. Warlords are the Warriors that have earned their people’s respect and they live in a large castle in their kingdoms. In Ransei, Pokemon battle against each other in special battles. Each kingdom has its own battlefield where these battles take place between both warriors and Pokemon. If a warlord loses his battle, he surrenders his kingdom so the battles are actually fought to control each kingdom. There is a legend that if any one warlord is able to conquer all seventeen of the kingdoms of Ransei, the Pokemon that created Ransei will reveal itself. No one knows if the legend is true or what the identity of this special Pokemon is.
Pokemon Conquest is inspired by the classic Nobunaga’s Ambition strategy series and is set in a feudal Japan time period. You play Pokemon Conquest as a young warlord that is linked to his Pokemon. Together you have to recruit warrior allies to make your kingdom stronger. As you travel, you meet other Pokemon as well as warlords and warriors. There are almost two hundred different Pokemon in Pokemon Conquest that you can collect. You can only battle kingdoms that are connected to yours so you begin at your kingdom and then work your way outward. You select battle to attack and then chose the warriors that you send to battle. You can select up to six warriors. What you need to do to win will depend on the battlefield. As you win battles, your link with your warriors and their Pokemon get stronger. You can check the strength of your abilities and any items you have found in the gallery. You can also see how many allied warriors you have as a result of winning battles (enemies become allies if you beat them).
All battles take place on the battle screen. There you can check the strength of your army, how many turns you have left, information about your Pokemon, the terrain, and view a map. The bottom screen allows you to play your character in non battle scenes, check the menu, zoom in and out with the camera by holding down the Y button and pressing up or down on the + control pad, rotate the camera and check your treasure box for items. Moving around in the game is accomplished with your + control pad and you select which warrior skills and items you want to use with the X button. Warriors can use one battle skill and one item per battle. Thankfully, the gallery is very helpful in keeping track of all the information you need to work with.
My son was extremely impressed with this game. I felt that the graphics and color were better on this Pokemon game than in previous games. You can play this game for hours and barely work through a portion of what’s available. You don’t get tired of doing the same thing because each kingdom is unique in some way with different Pokemon. In addition, Pokemon Conquest lets you choose whether or not you want to play as a boy or girl which I love since there are a lot of girls that enjoy Pokemon as well. The game even has a nice story to it to keep you interested in playing. Pokemon fans and RPG enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with Pokemon Conquest.
Pokemon Conquest is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Mild Cartoon Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes. This game can also be found on: Nintendo 3DS.
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Article first published as Nintendo DS Review: Pokemon Conquest on Blogcritics.