Although Pokémon Sword and Shield dominated most of the fresh new Pokémon Direct, it started with a bombshell announcement that a classic spinoff of the series is making a return - and it's coming very soon, at that.
That game is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, which is a remake of the first title in the series. This time, it's coming to the Nintendo Switch with a fresh coat of paint, although the premise remains the same as it was in 2005 (or 2006 if you lived outside of Japan). While the original launch had two versions, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, this remake combines both.
In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, players take the role of a human who mysteriously turned into a Pokémon. Thrust into a world where you can communicate with these creatures as if they are humans themselves, you embark on a roguelike adventure with your own band of Pokémon.
As mentioned, the gameplay is a roguelike in nature, primarily consisting of dungeon crawling. When players move in a dungeon, so too does the enemy, so strategy is required to succeed. The layout of dungeons is also randomized, further staying true to the genre. And no, there is no permadeath.
According to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX's website, the visuals are "water-color inspired," as opposed to the pixel graphics of the original. To experience this beautiful reimagining of an old classic, you can download a demo right now on the Nintendo Switch eShop. The release for this title is imminent too, coming out for $60 on March 6, 2020 with a download size of 2.1 GB.
The price is rather steep for a relatively old game, remake or no. Still, I remember playing this title when I was younger and, having enjoyed it so much, I cried at the end. I think it was a shockingly good story, which isn't something the series is known for. So, while the price might be high, I'm still buying into this one.
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