Review : Pokemon Conquest


Pokemon Conquest Review

By: David Habinski

Developer: Tecmo Koei
Publishers: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: Nintendo DS
Genre: Tactical Role-Playing
Modes: Single Player, Multiplayer

Video game crossovers are nothing new to this generation of platforms. And why not make a crossover? May as well target multiple fan bases, right? Waiting for the release of a crossover title it always feels as though the game will be a shameless cash-in with minimal effort provided in order to make a quick buck. However, once these games are released, more often than not they prove to be at least decent games with recognizable effort put into their development. Why? I couldn’t tell you. Maybe people just seem to like these games because of the characters, or maybe it’s the joint effort of developers aiming to appeal to multiple fan bases. It may even be a bit of both. And while there are certainly exceptions to the success of a crossover, games like, Super Smash BrothersMarvel Vs. Capcom, and Kingdom Hearts seem to stand out in the minds of many gamers, and in cases such as these, even become their own franchises. So here’s a strange one, Pokemon ConquestPokemon meets Nobunaga’s Ambition. While the concept of mixing these two franchises is unique enough, it’s even more unique given it’s North American release; the lack of success Nobunaga’s Ambition has had in the west being what really raises question marks (an attempt to somewhat hide the lesser accepted franchise can be seen in the games change of name from it’s Japanese Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition, to the North American Pokemon Conquest). Looking at it this way, the game is also a crossover of a series that found success in North America, and a series that didn’t. There’s a more important way of looking at the game, though; whether or not it’s worth your time. Continue reading