Pokemon Conquest arrives June 18

Tecmo Koei's turn-based 2D game Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition coming to North America under new name for DS this summer.

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Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition will arrive in North America as Pokemon Conquest on June 18, Nintendo announced today. Due out for the Nintendo DS, the turn-based 2D game shipped in Japan in early March to 172,027 first-week sales.

Gamers can try out Tecmo's take on Pokemon this summer.

Unlike the main Pokemon games, which were developed by Game Freak, Pokemon Conquest was created by Tecmo Koei. The game is set in Ransei, which mimics feudal Japan and also contains cartoon versions of historical figures like Oda Nobunaga and Uesugi Kenshin.

Gamers take on the role of a young Warlord linked with a Pokemon. Combat is handled in an isometric view and is turn-based, much like strategy role-playing games such as the Disgaea series and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Pokemon Conquest will mark the second new Pokemon game to arrive for the DS in 2012. It follows Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2, which are slated to hit the portable this fall.

Discussion

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Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I really wish they would make a open-world Pokemon RPG. That would be epic. Like Skyrim, but Pokemon haha

King-gamer
King-gamer

@Darth_Tyrranus It could have been an opportunity to bring the brand over here but perhaps you are right about no more Nobunaga's over here. Still, I don't see a name change being a necessity, it just adds to the confusion like the Bruce Lee films. Like I said, it's not like the title is going to scare any consumers away, any Pokemon fan would probably end up picking it up anyway regardless. But then again, I guess it doesn't really matter now lol. Things like this happen all time. I guess I just like AVGN's title confusion nitpicking lol. :P

King-gamer
King-gamer

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Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@King-gamer It's not the same at all. Nobunaga's Ambition is full of historical references that only Japanese people would know. It's a miracle that this game was localized for NA in the first place, the only reason being the presence of Pokemon in the game, hence the name change. There won't be another Nobunaga's Ambition game in NA. In the end, this has very little to do with Japanese titles and everything to to with historical and cultural knowledge. Obviously the game developers agree with me here, so your argument is moot.

King-gamer
King-gamer

@Darth_Tyrranus No, it's called good advertising if they did not change the name. Besides, Tatsunoko isn't exactly popular in the west either, and the title of the game was still called Tatsunoko vs Capcom. The crossover game advertises Tatsunoko like it would to Nobunaga. Is making it obvious it's crossover somehow gonna scare consumers away? I don't think so. It's going to help Nobunaga's rep in the west more than it will do any harm.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@King-gamer How many people do you know that actually know who Oda Nobunaga was? It is precisely because of this lack of recognition among American audiences that the name was changed. It is called good marketing, whether you like it or not.

King-gamer
King-gamer

@mario113 True, it may Nobunaga's Ambition is not very popular in the west, but think about it, If they name it Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition, using Pokemon's popularity, they are inadvertently advertising the less popular franchise. Make it obvious it's a crossover. Crossovers are a good thing as it helps introduce fans of different franchises to franchises that they don't play or know about. I never played Professor Layton until I saw the Phoenix Wright and Layton crossover. This could help Nobunaga a lot but if they're not going to make the crossover obvious, then general consumers will see it as nothing more but another Pokemon Spin-off with Samurais. That, and naming differences makes things confusing.

mario113
mario113

@king-gamer they decided to change the name because nobunaga's ambition isn't a well known sereis over in the us, Im not even sure any body but us have even heard about it so they decied to change the name to something more appealing to the us audience, I do agree conquest wouldn't exactly be the name I would choose but what else is there?

King-gamer
King-gamer

Why not just call it Pokemon and Nobunaga's Ambition? Just trying to hide the Nobunaga's Ambition part? Stop changing the titles. It's almost as bad as when they decided to call Bruce Lee's 'The Big Boss' as 'Fist of Fury' in America, then Bruce Lee made a movie called 'Fists of Fury' in Hong Kong.... See the problem now? Then they called it the 'Chinese Connection' lolwut. Next Pokemon game will be called Pokemon Conquest in Japan, and it will be known as the 'Pokemon Connection' here..... >.>

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@comb5 They pick and choose which pokemon are in this game. There are 200 total, which is a pretty big number, but it isn't even close to all of them. Some of your favorites are likely absent.

comb5
comb5

A tactics game with Pokemon? That actually sounds pretty awesome. Especially if they can cram all the hundreds of Pokemon into it.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@GameShtopper The first Pokemon Stadium did make it over here. I don't know about the others, but I owned and played that one. Gotta say the second game was better than the first.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Keeping my eye on this. Combines one of my favorite genres with one of my favorite series. Hopefully it'll be great! :D

Evenios
Evenios

meh release a "Real" pokemon game for the 3DS already.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@vault-boy That is why I was so surprised this game is coming to NA. The gameplay is pretty fun, but you really can't appreciate the story unless you are familiar with the historical Japanese figures, which 99% of Americans are not.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Well, its a cool idea but I really have 2 problems with it. First, I haven't liked probably about 95% of the pokemon since generation 2, and even then I only liked about 2/3 of that generation. But that's not my big problem. My problem is that the games concept of having a Japanese history lesson doesn't mean anything to me. But of course that is a problem with me and not the game itself, considering the developers are in Japan I would actually encourage them to create it with history they are native to. So, if you are into Japan and want to see some poke-ized versions of their history and are still into the new Pokemon, than this game is for you. Its just not for me, but hey I'm not asking for every game to appeal to my certain tastes. Diversity is the flavor of life and fighting elementally empowered animals is the the decorative icing.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

I really hope you can catch party members and play pokemon in an SRPG setting.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

Glad it's crossing the sea. It will be a nice filler until Black and White 2.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

And the wait for a solid Pokemon title for the 3DS continues...

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Why stop with the 3DS, MUKUSS. The Pokemon console games have arguably all been inferior to the Stadium games released on the N64, so why not just put those on the Wii/Wii U, and update them to use the current Pokemon available. As long as they keep Genius Sonority FAR away from it.

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

2 games that's on my 3DS wish list(that might never happen).DonkeyKong64 & Pokemon Stadium 2 both in 3D on the 3DS...now that would be MOST AWESOME:):)

Wild_man_22
Wild_man_22

I love Turn Based Strategy games, and I recently got back into pokemon after White version. Can't wait, hopefully it's great!

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

The concept of combining Nobunaga's Ambition and Pokemon sounds so good but then I saw Tecmo and I walk away.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Not on 3DS, then I'm not getting it.

RobotPirteGhost
RobotPirteGhost

Awesome news. As a fan of both Pokemon and this genre, I'm realy looking forward to it.

Kitty_Fields
Kitty_Fields

@SirNormanislost You DO realize this article is announcing that the game will be released outside of Japan... right?

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

i read it was being made by Tecmo Koei and instantly thought dynastypokemon BUT "Combat is handled in an isometric view and is turn-based, much like strategy RPGs such as the Disgaea series and Final Fantasy Tactics" i shall now be watching this game hopefully it gets out of japan

GameShtopper
GameShtopper

@Gamingclone- No, there have actually been quite a bit of Pokemon spinoff titles that HAVE NOT made it outside of Japan. The first Pokemon Stadium, the second and third TCG, the WiiWare Mystery Dungeon titles... etc.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Interesting. :) I'll look into this and see if this crossover works.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Awesome. I knew this would make it to America. I mean every Pokemon spin-off has managed to make it to America except for the one Pokemon Typing game.

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

Great news. Don't know Nobunaga's Ambition, but love this genre.

Gamerboy006
Gamerboy006

This is unbelievable! I'm really hyped for this! I'm just praying to God that they'll release this in Europe!

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Now I know why gamespot keeps post all the next gen rumors. It's a lot more exciting than this news.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I'm playing the Japanese version right now. It's an awesome game, but Final Fantasy Tactics is superior in most respects.

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Meh! I Love Nobunagas Ambition but this is a little too much