My Pokémon Ranch is a Pokémon Video Game for the Wii, developed by Ambrella, not Nintendo nor Game Freak. It was released for WiiWare in 2008, for 1000 Wii Points, or about US$10. It's mostly unplayable without Diamond & Pearl, similar to Pokémon Battle Revolution for the Wii.
It lets you transfer up to 1000 Pokémon into a Pokémon Ranch, which, despite the game's Nonindicative Name, is not run by you, but by Hayley, a friend of Bebe, the Expy of Bill in Diamond & Pearl. There, you can see your Pokémon as Super-Deformed, or chibis.
Apart from giving you a place to store extra Pokémon, it has one extra useful function: to get Mew. After you send 999 Pokémon here, Hayley will give you a level 50 Mew if you give her an Egg. Now if only the game were actually compatible with Platinum,note HeartGold, and SoulSilver...
This game's art style for the Pokémon species would be maintained for the Pokémon Rumble series.
This game has examples of the following tropes:
- Daydream Surprise: The opening cutscene has Hayley explaining the whole goal while she is daydreaming; it shows the Pokémon playing in the ranch and vise versa. That is when Hayley snaps out of her daydream, and comments that she "was daydreaming again."
- Disc-One Nuke: That Shroomish you can trade for? Seed Bomb, Spore, Stun Spore, and... False Swipe?! It's a catching god.
- Mythology Gag: An Easter Egg involves Munchlax, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Meowth, and Teddiursa racing one another. These species all appeared in one of Ambrella's previous games, Pokémon Dash.
- New Game+: Strangely averted- due to player-owned Pokémon being tied to the file that originally deposited them, My Pokémon Ranch cannot be used to dump Pokémon in, then start a new game and withdraw.
- One Game for the Price of Two: If you want to fully enjoy this game, you need to own Diamond or Pearl.
- Spiritual Successor: To Pokémon Box, a storage system for Ruby and Sapphire on the GameCube,
- Super-Deformed: Every Pokémon here.