The long awaited Pokémon Conquest receives its European release today, now available exclusively for Nintendo DS consoles. Pokémon Conquest is somewhat of an oddity for the much loved Pokémon franchise, offering a crossover with one of Japan’s biggest names: Tecmo Koei Games’ Dynasty Warriors.
In Pokémon Conquest, players must save the Ransei region from Nobunaga, a powerful Warlord who is trying to take over Ransei. You must conquer different kingdoms to strengthen and grow their own kingdom, of which there are seventeen in total. Conquering all of the kingdoms and ultimately uniting the world will awaken the Legendary Pokémon and save the land from destruction.
Players can grow their army by recruiting defeated Warlords and their Pokémon. After a kingdom is conquered, players will also have access to the kingdom facilities such as training grounds, shops to buy items and mines for money. Players can also strengthen their army by linking with Pokémon. Warlords can have various linked Pokémon and switch between them before battle to strategically prepare for the type of battle they are about to engage in.
Players will encounter a wide range of battlefields as they progress through the game. Each of the kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield, for example kingdom Ignis is fire-themed and has lava flows, lava beds and fire spouts for players to battle around. Strategically using water-type Pokémon to navigate through this battlefield will help players conquer this kingdom. Additionally, players can use the kingdom training grounds to train their army or find wild Pokémon and link with them. After battling with a Warlord, the game automatically registers them. Using the built-in local wireless connection on the Nintendo DS, players can battle with friends who also own the videogame with their registered armies.
Each Warlord has a special ability that can change the tide of battle. For example, Warlord Oichi has the ability to heal all the Pokémon in your army. Warlords also have types much like Pokémon. This will determine how well they link to particular Pokémon. Some Warlords will have the ability to choose from several different kinds of Pokémon to link with.
Pokémon Conquest is available from today, exclusively for the Nintendo DS family of consoles. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on the Pokémon videogame franchise.