Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. It makes a nice Wii Channel. Could have done with something more substantial. [June 2008, p.67]
  2. 70
    The almost total lack of interaction makes the title difficult to recommend to many audiences, but if you need to fill out your Pokédex and enjoy watching cute creatures fart on each other, My Pokémon Ranch might be worth a look.
  3. If you are playing Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and have not completed your Pokédex, then this game will help you and will probably be a lot of fun. However, if you have completed your Pokédex or do not own Diamond or Pearl, then this game is a complete waste.
  4. Only fellow Pokémon fanatics will get a similar level of enjoyment.
  5. Even as rabid Pokemon fans we're really struggling to see the point of My Pokemon Ranch. [Aug 2008, p.103]
  6. As long as these audiences keep their expectations in check they may find themselves charmed by this goofy WiiWare title, but everyone else need only look at the screenshots and their gut reaction should let them know where they stand.
  7. 40
    The best way to describe My Pokemon Ranch is to say that it’s just a built-in Mii Channel, but now you can watch Pokemon wander around the screen. But that’s just not any where near enough of a draw to plunk down ten bucks.
  8. Not really a game, but even as an application this is pretty flaky stuff. [Sept 2008, p.78]
  9. Expensive, pointless, mind-numbingly dull and ugly as hell. Don't be sucked in. [Issue#26, p.80]
  10. Had this been offered as a free (or at least dirt-cheap) bonus download for Pokémon DS owners, the sweet graphics and empty-headed concept might have been charming. At the same price point charged for the sublime "LostWinds" it's a brazen insult, and marks a new low in the exploitation of the Pokémon brand.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Snax
    Feb 2, 2009

    It's a freaking storage box for your freaking pokemon. The gamecube version (called,
    more appropriately, Pokemon Box) just looked like your PC storage interface in the main Pokemon games. It's there just to let you store pokemon, and it does an awesome job at that. Full Review »
  2. MarianPetit
    Aug 6, 2008
    I love this game. It's low maintenance and not really a game you play with an enthusiasm. However, I like the idea of growing a 'ranch' and seeing the Mii version of my family and myself relaxing with super cute pokemons in the middle of nowhere - so peaceful! A little bit like Big Brother and you keep going back to see them in the screen again and again. But unlike BB, it's an embarassement free pastime. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    Not so much a game as a home console day-care for your prized Pokémon. Serving as basically a very weak PC system for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, with minimal inter-activity, and very crude graphics (N64 quality on the Wii, really?) Full Review »