While ultimately forgettable, the game is executed about as well as can be expected, courtesy of the developers of the excellent Kirby Canvas Curse, HAL Laboratory. The entire game is presented on the bottom screen and controlled solely with the stylus, and everything works perfectly, from navigating Fiore to lassoing the Pokemon. The game's production values are also quite good, sporting large sprites and vast, detailed environments and catchy tunes.
Pokemon Ranger is an enjoyable marketing sidequest, despite lacking depth or challenge. Pokemon fans will find it a satisfactory appetizer to tide them over until the main course arrives next year.