Remember all the rumors and half-confirmations swirling around lately about Pokemon? That includes the reveal of a reveal earlier this week that had many expecting a new iteration on this year’s Black and White games. Now early word from the Japanese game convention Jump Fiesta has spread, and it seems the game is one probably nobody predicted: Pokemon X Nobunaga's Ambition.
Early pictures from the floor of Jump Fiesta show the first art and screens for Pokemon X Nobunaga's Ambition, a crossover for the DS that links Koei’s niche (in the US) strategy series with adorable pocket monsters. Early screens seem to indicate the game possibly sticking to Nobunaga’s strategy-RPG roots, which is interesting as the Pokemon series has never really taken on that specific genre. As you’ll see in the other images, classic Pokemon like Mewtwo, Evee, and Jigglypuff are part of the title, where they looked to be partnered with Koei’s versions of famous generals from that period.
It’s coming out for the DS at some point in 2012 for Japan, though we wonder if a game so aimed at Japanese audiences like this one will ever come to America. Especially when you consider that the DS is pretty much done as a viable platform these days and that the last Nobunaga game came out in the US two years ago and few noticed. Hopefully Nintendo will recognize the universal appeal of battling cute monsters in feudal Japan and localize it.