Nintendo’s released a batch of new screenshots and details about the surreal Pokémon Conquest, a joint project with Tecmo Koei that requires a little more strategy than simply catching them all. Here’s what Nintendo has to say about the game’s plot:
“To save the Ransei region from Nobunaga, a powerful warlord who is trying to take over Ransei, players must conquer different kingdoms to strengthen and grow their own kingdom. There are 17 kingdoms in total to conquer. Conquering all 17 kingdoms and ultimately uniting the kingdom will awaken the Legendary Pokémon and save the land from destruction.”
If you thought collecting hundreds of Pokémon was tough enough, you’re in for a rough ride. Conquest requires you to also recruit warlords: “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.”
Just to add to the insane amount of confusion, the Pokémon choice for battles is now based on environment as well as type: “Players will encounter a wide range of battlefields as they progress through the game. Each of the 17 kingdoms has a different type-themed battlefield. For example, in the fire-themed kingdom of Ignis, players can battle around lava flows, lava beds, and fire spouts. Strategically using water-type Pokémon to navigate through this battlefield will help players conquer this kingdom.”
Conquest is due to release on the DS June 18. Why Nintendo seems to be throwing all their Pokémon games at the DS is beyond us. They have a handheld in the 3DS that seriously needs software, and a Pokémon title would be the perfect fit. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last decade, it’s that Pokémon equals sales. It’s impossible to tell how well this game will go down in the West; fans don’t like developers messing with tried-and-true formulas, so many may choose to hold out for the more traditional Black & White 2.