Have you ever been playing the excellent Total War: Shogun 2 and thought to yourself “Well, this is good, but it’d be better with Pokemon.” Well, if that highly improbably thought has ever crossed your mind, you’re in luck — Nintendo announced today that their previously Japan-only monster battling/feudal warlord sim will invade US shores on June 18th.
The highly unlikely crossover was announced a few months ago in Japan, and with the story’s focus on real-life feudal Japanese history, a lot of people assumed that the game would never make it to Western markets. What those people forgot, however, was that anything with Pokemon in it sells, and despite being based around historical figures whom most Americans have probably never heard (with names that your average jingoistic Red state resident probably can’t pronounce,) I’m sure Pokemon Conquest will still manage to sell a bazillion copies.
Co-developed alongside the Nobunaga’s Ambition team at Tecmo Koei, Pokemon Conquest abandons Pokemon’s traditional RPG-style battles in favor of turn-based combat on a grid, a-la Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea. At the very least, the game sold well in Japan and received pretty good reviews, so both strategy RPG fans and Pokemon fanatics should have something to look forward to this Summer.