is a strategy game series made by Koei
, the first installment being released in 1983. The game puts you in the role of a daimyō
in Sengoku-era Japan
, your goal being to unify the country and earn (or with one clan, keep) the title of Shōgun
. As long as this series remains largely unchronicled in the West, the article
has a brief history of the series you might find relevant. Thirteen main-series games have been released in Japan, scattered across an army of platforms
A crossover game titled Pokémon Conquest
, featuring elements from Nobunaga's Ambition
, was released by Nintendo and Tecmo Koei on March 17th, 2012 in Japan. Fans went wild, especially from the Pokémon
side of things possibly due to the Darker and Edgier
This game series provides examples of:
- Awesome Music: Yoko Kanno for an early titles.
- Bad Ass: Some of the generals qualify easily. Azai Nagamasa and Sanada Yukimura can easily shoot up the ranks when in cavalry units.
- Cross Over: Pokémon Conquest. Standard "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer applies.
- Gender Flip: The latest title in the series has a female version of Uesugi Kenshin, based on a popular legend that tries to explain some aspects of his behavior and historical accounts
- Multi-Platform: This series has hit most of the popular consoles since the NES, a few that weren't, a bunch of (rarely mutually compatible) 1980s Japanese PC brands, and most iterations of Windows since the 1990s. Also a couple of ports for Macintosh, and one for Amiga.
- Name Order Confusion: Like the Samurai Warriors games, in English translations, it's written in first name-last name order despite this being in Sengoku era.
- Nintendo Hard: In the NES version, it's possible on higher difficulties to die before your first turn.
- No Export for You: Of 13 games, only five have been released in the United States. There was a 14-year window with no North American releases between the SNES game Lord of Darkness and the PS2 Rise to Power.
- Spin-Off: The Dynasty Warriors-based Samurai Warriors. It may have been instrumental in getting a U.S. release for Rise to Power and Iron Triangle.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Just as in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, you can execute captured generals (or even your own retainers) on a whim.
- Video Game Long Runner: Fourteen main releases since 1983, not counting all the little differences between ports. Not so many as its sister series, but still respectable.