Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
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  1. Oct 24, 2012
    One of the last "must-have" we'll see on Nintendo DS. It's simply one of the bests and most original SRPGs right now, with many hours of fun waiting for you and very interesting characters to lead us through the plot.
  2. Jul 3, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is definitely one of the best spin-off Pokémon titles I've ever played, and has enough meat to it, along with some standard Pokémon trappings, that fans of the traditional series will find a lot to like here. And if you're more of a strategy RPG fan than you are a Pokémon fan, you'll still get a lot of enjoyment out of this. It's not the most challenging experience out there, but the sheer amount of content available makes this worth checking out.
  3. Aug 9, 2012
    Nintendo has teamed up with Tecmo Koei for yet another successful venture, this time bringing the world of strategic battling and Pocket Monsters together for what is without doubt the deepest and most impressive Pokémon spin-off so far.
  4. Aug 6, 2012
    If you don't mind the slower tempo and if you really dedicate yourself to the game you will be rewarded with a fantastic experience. Pokémon Conquest is one of the most pleasant surprises of the year so far.
  5. Jun 25, 2012
    In conclusion, Pokemon Conquest is an incredible game that is both easy to get into and incredibly deep at the same time. This game might not be for everyone, but those who are open minded enough to give this a shot (Pokemon fans and just RPG strategy fans alike) will find that this game is strange, charming, and just completely awesome.
  6. Jun 21, 2012
    A breath of fresh air into the somewhat stale Pokemon series. Creating a strategy game that is both accessible for newcomers and deep for veterans is quite a feat, and this game has done just that.
  7. Jun 19, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest comes out at just the right time, as it looks like the perfect summer vacation game. It's portable and breezy, yet has enough depth to keep gamers interested over the long run.
  8. 90
    For those with an interest in either strategy games or RPGs, but not sold on the other, Conquest is the perfect introduction to both.
  9. Jun 16, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest represents a complete re-imagining of the Pokémon universe - a thoughtful, masterful take on what a Pokémon RPG can be.
  10. Nintendo Power
    Jun 4, 2012
    This may not be the Pokemon adventure you expect, but it's definitely one worth playing. [June 2012, p.82]
  11. Oct 8, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest's replay value is through the roof. After the first campaign is completed many more stories that allow the player to control different warlords open up. These different stories have their own objectives that the player has to complete in order to win. After 33 of these stories are completed, a campaign similar to the first one becomes available. In addition to these, more stories can be downloaded from the Nintendo WFC. All of this, combined with online multiplayer, will leave one with hundreds of hours of Pokémon themed turn based strategy excitement to enjoy.
  12. Aug 15, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is a successful experiment. The game successfully approaches the age-old concept of Pokémon in a new and unique way. Even though the game may seem simple at first, it soon turns out to be a game for aspiring tactical minds.
  13. Jul 4, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is the best Pokémon spin-off I've played since the heady days of Pokémon Snap and Pinball, and it's deeper than either of those games by a wide margin.
  14. Jun 25, 2012
    Pokemon Conquest ends up being a fun title thanks to its simple but effective take on the strategy RPG genre.
  15. Aug 7, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is a pleasant surprise. It's a tuned down strategic RPG, still filled with tons of content and gameplay. Koei managed to capture the Pokémon feeling and propose it in a new, refreshing way which deserves attention by fans of the genre and the franchise.
  16. Games Master UK
    Aug 24, 2012
    Despite some finicky micro-management, the settings make this a strong Pokemon spin-off. [Oct 2012, p.87]
  17. Pelit (Finland)
    Oct 14, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is a better game than the idea of fusing Pokemon with Nobunaga's Ambition originally sounded like. Although the difficulty level is set low enough for kids to manage, even grown ups can enjoy Conquest's take on tactical battles and Pokemon training. [Sept 2012]
  18. Oct 27, 2012
    The strategy aspect in itself is quite entertaining, and manages to draw a fine line between being a real challenge and a breeze. Some confusion does arise thanks to poor explaining and bad layout, but this is overall a very solid first step into the strategy genre for the popular Pokémons.
  19. Hyper Magazine
    Sep 18, 2012
    A lengthy, well-balanced tactical RPG best suited to Pokefans new to the strategy arena. [Oct 2012, p.66]
  20. Aug 2, 2012
    Conquest doesn't excel at anything it does, but it doesn't really take any missteps either. For what it's worth, the fact that someone is trying something new and outside-the-box with Pokemon is commendable in itself, and I hope that this game is enough of a success that it makes it viable for The Pokemon Company to keep trying new things with the franchise in the future.
  21. Jul 29, 2012
    Perhaps the greatest achievement of Pokémon Conquest, however, is that it made us want to go back and play one of Koei's earlier, duller and more convoluted Nobunaga games. And any game that can make us feel that way is worthy of high praise indeed.
  22. Jul 25, 2012
    Conquest isn't just that rare Pokémon off-shoot that isn't a limping abomination - it's a reminder that the best consoles don't slip into the night very quietly. They stick around, defiantly showing up the machines that have replaced them.
  23. Jul 25, 2012
    More Pokemon spin-off delight as Pokemon Conquest proves an entirely enjoyable ordeal.
  24. A quirky but smart strategy game that's a great entry point for RPG beginners.
  25. Jul 18, 2012
    All in all, Pokémon Conquest is solid across the board, but it is lacking in a few key areas that are likely to turn away non-Pokémon fans and hardcore strategy players. However, if you don't go in expecting the next Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre, then there's plenty to enjoy.
  26. Jul 6, 2012
    At the end of the day, despite some presentation and interface issues, Pokémon Conquest does a splendid job of combining two seemingly uncombinable franchises.
  27. Jun 27, 2012
    At the end of the day Tactical RPG fans and Pokémon fans alike should give this title a try as it can be quite fun.
  28. Jun 27, 2012
    Pokemon Conquest is a game that no one asked for, but many will enjoy - fans of either series will be drawn in by the familiar and be taught to love what's new.
  29. Jun 19, 2012
    PC retains the addictive qualities of battling and team-building we love in tactics titles while fully embracing everything strange about niche Japanese titles like this one. By coming at it from a different angle, Conquest finds its own special spot in the world of SRPGs.
  30. Jun 13, 2012
    Another solid Pokémon spin-off, but die-hard fans will quickly miss much of the gameplay from the main series.
  31. Jun 11, 2012
    As far as Pokemon spin-off games go, this is definitely one of the best offerings on the market, and is worth picking up by any fan of the series.
  32. Jun 19, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is a solid addition to any Nintendo DS library. Fans of the RPG series should enjoy this twist of tactics battling and will appreciate the level of complexity available with castle management, team building, and Pokémon training. It's nice to see a spin-off mash-up turn out to be a quality game.
  33. Aug 24, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is one of those games that looks awful on paper, but is brilliant in its delivery.
  34. Sep 4, 2012
    A lightweight strategy game featuring pokémons. It follows a classic rock, paper, scissor-design and is a little bit too easy.
  35. Jul 31, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest is an enjoyable but quite straightforward strategic title, a successful spin-off for the infinite Nintendo franchise. Sadly, the game lacks an Italian localization, which may create some issues for the younger players.
  36. Jul 23, 2012
    The best Pokémon spin-off for years and an engrossing mix of family-friendly warmongering and engaging turn-based strategy.
  37. Jun 19, 2012
    Pokémon Conquest takes the Pokémon you know and recognize (and love?) and places them into the world of tactical turn-based strategy with little kicking and screaming. Unfortunately, its simplicity will turn away tactical purists, and its complexity and management demands will turn off fans of the traditional Pokémon RPG.
  38. Jun 20, 2012
    Pokemon Conquest's fun setting and rewarding strategic elements are hampered by slow, overly simplistic combat.
  39. Aug 10, 2012
    Rarely do we come across a game that has as much unutilized potential as Pokémon Conquest. There's a strategic piece of art in which the micromanaging of different conquered kingdoms and collected Pokémon warriors would have delivered depth. Instead of that, we get a simple and short strategy game of which there's nothing wrong with its fundamentals, but all extra options and functions are unnecessary.
  40. Jun 28, 2012
    It wants to be so many games, and for each of its inspirations, it delivers a different demand. As a logical and unfortunate result, Pokemon Conquest is just too damned demanding.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed DS Game of 2012
#2 Most Shared DS Game of 2012
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 99
  2. Negative: 7 out of 99
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    Much to my surprise, this game was fantastic. The odd pairing of feudal japan and pokemon somehow gels well, and the strategy aspect is simpleMuch to my surprise, this game was fantastic. The odd pairing of feudal japan and pokemon somehow gels well, and the strategy aspect is simple yet fun. In a way this is a breath of fresh air Pokemon desperately needed. Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    This game. This game, this game, this game. When I played through the first campaign, I thought I had been ripped off. It looked like I wasThis game. This game, this game, this game. When I played through the first campaign, I thought I had been ripped off. It looked like I was going to finish it 6 hours through and nothing had really "wowed" me yet. I was relieved to find out that, after finishing the game, a number of other campaigns popped up. I played through several of them ... then realized that, aside from a few lines of text at the beginning of each campaign, I was playing the same game over and over again, on different combinations of maps.
    I'd say that I liked every aspect of the game, except for when you hit the point when you realize that the game isn't getting any better and you quit.
    Another major disappointment is a lack of peripheral functions, like trading and a large pool of Pokemon to ally with.
    Maybe I'm missing something here, but this game just doesn't shine like I expect it to.
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  3. Jun 18, 2012
    Pokemon Conquest is not a game that will appeal to everyone who will see its title, and even more so will have absolutely no idea about whatPokemon Conquest is not a game that will appeal to everyone who will see its title, and even more so will have absolutely no idea about what the game is actually about. It's a sad, but true, fact when you see the title is dominated by the word 'Pokemon'. But for the well informed, this cross-over entry to the Nobunaga's Ambition franchise really shines, and has represented the personality of Pokemon and Samurai Warriors alike. Even for those who can't tell if Hideyoshi is Japanese or Chinese (answer: Japanese), it's a light and enjoyable experience deep yet friendly enough to appeal to newcomers and fans alike. Full Review »