Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition gets official (Japanese) trailer

As Pokefans expected a new Pokemon title to be announced last Friday, people’s emotions turned quickly from excitement to confusion once the actual title had been announced. Instead of a new entry in the core series or a sequel, a brand new adventure was announced that teamed up Pokemon with Koei's Nobunaga;s Ambition. Though initial images for the very literally titled Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition might have been strange, perhaps the first trailer will clear things up.

From the gameplay snippets, it looks like a strategy RPG ala Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea, which seems like such a great fit for Pokemon, we can’t believe it’s never happened before. The Nintendo/Koei coproduction combines Pokemon with the decades old Nobunaga’s Ambition, though for the uninitiated, NA is kind of like Samurai Warriors were it a turn-based strategy game. Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition is planned for release in Japan next spring, while no US localization has been announced so far.


  • CF [GameR] - December 28, 2011 10:58 a.m.

    Looks Like a Dungeon Crawler more than Turn based.
  • GhostNappa2k10 - December 26, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    If this isn't released in Britain, I will start learning the Japanese language. and get this game imported from Japan. So excited!
  • c-c-c-combo breaker - December 21, 2011 11:15 a.m.

    'Fuck yeah!' - Every time I saw a 1st/2nd gen pokemon in that trailer. 'What is this shit' - Every time I saw a pokemon from one of the other three shitty gens.
  • urworstfight - December 19, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    the game mechanics actually seem to resemble the old pokemon rangers series and if you look at the game play they look remarkably alike.
  • urworstfight - December 19, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    actually sorry I had a brain fart I meant to say Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red & Blue sorry for the idiocy, internet.
  • GhostNappa2k10 - December 26, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    We all forgive you, my friend :-)
  • alphafour - December 19, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    lol thats how much Game Freak want to make a 3DS pokemon game! Oh wait they don't! Come on guys make a Pokemon game for PSVita I'll bloody buy it!
  • Dmancapri - December 19, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I THOUGHT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO CLEAR THINGS UP (keeps mouth moving for a few seconds to emphasize funny Japanese man voiceover)
  • pr0tostar - December 19, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Funfact: Hattori Hanzo was a renowned genetics researcher. Source: He has a Mewtwo. I understand, I get it--shameless Japanese franchise crossover. But really? Mewtwo? Do they not remember the backstory they gave their original endgame Pokemon? Watch it be some poor save-canon excuse too; "Mewtwo built a time machine to push it to the limit in ancient Japan, also giant enemy krabbles."
  • MsSmith - December 19, 2011 4:21 p.m.

    Pokemon game in the style of an FF Tactics game. This makes the fan girl in me squeal a bit. :3
  • TheInvincibleDragon - December 19, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    Still waiting for who Masamune Date is teamed up with. Come on, Nintendo. Show the teenager with the eyepatch. You can do it.
  • codystovall - December 19, 2011 12:55 p.m.

    I wanna get behind this but I just keep facepalming. When I said I wanted a pokemon game aimed for an older audience this isnt exactly what I envisioned. Also the thoughts people had of a pokemon snap 3ds got my hopes up for that.
  • CrashmanX - December 19, 2011 3:18 p.m.

    Pokemon, Mature audience, pick one. Seriously, Nintendo won't make an "adult" or mature Pokemon game. The closest you'll ever get is the manga. Nintendo sees it's sales as a kids game and doesn't want to risk alienating it's audience or making parent's angry over their kids playing a "Mature" game.
  • crazyqazqaz - December 19, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    well errr isnt POKEMON a final fantasy style RPG gameplay? or at least close to? people probably didnt dare create a sort-of rival gametype for the original series games.
  • samsneeze - December 19, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    If you want to get really technical it borrows heavily from Dragon Quest. More specifically, Dragon Quest V, and it's monster collecting.

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