By THE MANILA BULLETIN LIFESTYLE
In 2006, the Pokémon Company released the spin-off Pokémon pair set Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, respectively. Does anybody still remember those?
This was followed by Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness released a year later, another matched pair set for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, respectively. If any of those titles seem familiar, don’t worry if you cannot find that dusty, old DS cartridge.
In Nintendo’s first video presentation of the year, Pokémon Direct, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced that the games will “gain a new life as a Nintendo Switch title.”
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is an “enhanced reimagining” of the original Mystery Dungeon games, brought to the Nintendo Switch. The game will be released March 6, 2020. While that does sound like a long time to wait, a demo version is already available on the Nintendo eShop. Gamers will be able to carry over the saved data from the demo to the full version of the game once purchased.
In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, the player takes on a new role in the world of Pokémon by actually becoming a Pokémon, or at least a human who has mysterious transformed into one. The game begins with a nine-item personality test that will determine which Pokémon you will get to play as, with questions like “You receive a gift! But you don’t know what’s in it. You’re curious, so what do you do?”
At the end of the quiz, the player will have a score of points associated with a Pokémon’s nature and gender, the player will be assigned a certain starter from the available Pokémons: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Chikorita, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Pikachu, Eevee, Machop, Cubone, Psyduck, Meowth, and Skitty.
After you’ve been assigned a starter Pokémon, you select your partner Pokémon, from what’s left of the choices.
From then on, the gameplay is a “dungeon crawling adventure.” The player builds a rescue team to take on challenges such as rescuing Pokémon, escorting others, or finding treasure. It is a classic quest narrative in the Pokémon style.