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Pokémon Ranger (Nintendo DS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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In the region of Fiore, the delicate balance between people, Pokémon, and nature is protected by Pokémon Rangers, stalwart youths who use a device called a "capture styler" to capture panicked and troublesome Pokémon by encircling them with a Capture Disc. It's up to the player, as a new Pokémon Ranger, to stop the plans of the Go-Rock Squad, who plan to capture Legendary Pokémon and use them for evil.

The game makes innovative and extensive use of the touch pad, requiring players to use their stylus to circle Pokémon on the bottom screen, sometimes calling on the abilities of already-captured Pokémon to assist with special moves, marking a great departure from the usual RPG-based gameplay that the Pokémon franchise is known for. Outside of battle, Pokémon may also be called upon to clear obstacles like hay bales, metal fences, and dead trees with "Field Moves" like Burn, Cut, and Tackle, similiar to the Hidden Machines (HMs) of previous Pokémon installments.

Players will travel between four different towns, play through over ten missions, and have the opportunity to capture over 200 different Pokémon in this game that has been billed as a prelude to the next generation of Pokémon.


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Alternate Titles

  • "ポケモンレンジャー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

N-Zone Apr 12, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Cubed3 Jul 08, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Portable Video Gamer Apr 01, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpy Nov 06, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Unlimited 2007 64 out of 100 64 May 15, 2007 59.6 out of 100 60
Gamekult Apr 06, 2007 6 out of 10 60
Nintendo Vision May 21, 2007 12 out of 20 60 May 07, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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Lampbane (2522) added Pokémon Ranger (Nintendo DS) on Nov 09, 2006