One of my personal favourite and most fondly remembered games on the Nintendo DS was Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. It was actually just a few weeks ago that I was reminiscing about this with a friend. I sat there, wondering if it would ever make a return. Well, it seems Nintendo has answered our (see; my) prayers.
The announcement that the classic Rogue-like, dungeon-crawling spin-off was coming as a full remake during last week’s Pokémon Direct. In case you missed it, here is our coverage of the full Pokémon Direct.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, the original titles, were both released in 2006.
Launching on the GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS respectively, these games were an incredibly charming take on the classic formula. The new formula swapped out the trainer controlled battles to ones where the player controlls the Pokémon directly.
Gotta Hunt ‘Em All!
The remake is skipping the classic Poké-dual release formula. Instead, it gives us both games merged into one package, and it looks bloody great so far.
Immediately the art style sticks out as a big difference to the originals. You’ll notice it has opted for a more hand-drawn aesthetic. If you ask me, it looks beautiful and only dials up the charm to 11.
As well as the art style, there’s going to be a few gameplay tweaks that appear to make it more accessible. You can now use Auto mode, which will automatically move your character through the world. There’s also a new automatic attack system. This will choose the most effective move for you in battles, rather than choosing your attack from the classic four move list.
This Is How You Do A Remake!
You can now also recruit Pokémon found in dungeons, forming a team of up to 8. Plus, a new feature seems to be supporting more online play. Because who doesn’t like some online in their single-player games?
If all of your team is knocked out in battle, you can request help from another player. This comes in the shape of another player or your own rescue team. Cool stuff!
We haven’t got long until we can play the full release on 6th March. If like me, you can’t wait until then, you can download a demo of Rescue Team DX from the eShop right now. It will even carry your progress over to the main game once it’s released! You can also put your pre-order down for both the physical and digital copies of the game.