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 (opens in new tab). 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.