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If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to live the life of a Pokémon rather than just play as a trainer, the Mystery Dungeon games are absolutely for you. This spin-off series hasn’t been seen since the Nintendo DS days, but now it’s back to bring a colourful charm to Nintendo Switch for the very first time. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is actually a ground-up remake of the 2005 original, featuring an exciting new graphical style and improved features.
Whereas before there were two versions of Mystery Dungeon that boasted exclusive Pokémon, this 2020 rendition of the cult classic series brings the entire roster together. Unlike the mainline series, however, you actually control your choice of creature one-to-one, undergoing several missions that will see you traverse and explore a range of randomized dungeons. Just be sure to keep yourself alive so you can reach the light at the end of the tunnel in time.
A reimaging of the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon on Gameboy Advance
Much like 2019’s The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX seamlessly merges the old and new. It’s the same procedurally generated dungeon crawling action mixed with survival that players of the Gameboy original will love, albeit shushed up and improved with a gorgeous new painterly art style. The result is a fresh spin on the Pokémon series set to appeal to new and old fans.
The major difference between the Mystery Dungeon and mainline Pokémon video game series is that in the former you play directly as a Pokémon, rather than a trainer. This makes it easier for you to experience this cutesy world from the eyes of the collectible creatures that inhabit it, ready to explore a wide variety of locations never seen before.
Put together your dream team of rescue Pokémon
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX drops you into a version of the Pokémon world where the local population is in distress. That’s why it’s up to you to put your ideal rescue team together, training classic creatures like Bulbasaur, Pikachu and Totodile so that they’re prepared for the adventure that lies ahead. Fight to save the world from natural disasters in style.
Explore dungeons that adapt each time you enter
Rather than have you traverse a known land in order to catch Pokémon, Rescue Team DX sees you enter many a randomized dungeon. Who knows what you’ll find once you step inside? This forces you to prepare with the appropriate foods and items to guarantee that you’ll reach the end, only possible if your rescue team is strong enough to fend off all the wild Pokémon standing in your way.