Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX will give the 2006 classic, Red and Blue Rescue Team, a new lease on life with a remaster for the Nintendo Switch.
This fun and imaginative strategy game borrows a lot of mechanics from the original series with a few twists along the way.
The original games sold over 5.25 million copies, so it was a no brainer to give this game a much-needed facelift and add all of the awesome features that Pokemon has created since then, such as Mega Evolution.
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What Is Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX?
You can meet and recruit Pokemon in a dungeon-crawling adventure within their world.
Build a rescue team to take on mysterious, ever-changing dungeons and strategically plan your moves as you venture forth to make the Pokemon world a safer place.
The 'management sim' side of the game comes in to play when your trusty teammates need somewhere to stay - build camps to house, manage, and strengthen your Pokémon friends.
You’ll move a single square at a time or use Auto mode to speed up movement until you engage other Pokémon in turn-based battles—but don’t forget about Pokemon strengths and weaknesses!
The full game launched on the 6th March 2020.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX will only launch on Nintendo Switch systems and unlike the original game, it will not be split into two versions.
The game is not available for early release or early access, but it can be pre-loaded.
How Long Is The Game?
The game will take roughly 20 hours to complete the main story, however if you're a completionist it can take 150 hours.
Demo And Early Access
The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX demo is live on the Nintendo eShop for you to try out before buying the full game.
This snippet of the remaster allows you to play through the initial stages of the game and even allows you to transfer your saved data to the full game!
Although the game features no early access, your best bet to play the game early is to download the digital version and pre-load it ahead of launch.
If you're still unsure, you could utilise a ROM and Emulator to play the 2006 version of the game to get an idea of what to expect.
Trailer And Gameplay
The announcement trailer debuted during the January Pokemon Direct 2020.
You can catch all trailers and demo gameplay here.
Within the game you will be able to pick one of twelve starters and a partner:
You can check out our guide to each starter by clicking the name of the Pokemon.
Each starter Pokemon will come with a series of moves, to begin with, they will also learn new ones as they level up and can be taught via TMs.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX can be tough, we've created a series of guides to help you.
- How To Get Shiny Pokemon
- Tier List, Team Tier List And The Best Starter Pokemon
- How To Evolve Your Pokemon And Partner
- How To Mega Evolve
- How To Save The Game And Auto-Save
- Best Team Names
- How To Equip Items
- Wonder Mail
- Zero Isle
- Type Chart, Type Advantages, Type Disadvantages and Matchups
- Recruit Legendaries
- How To Restart The Game
- How To Leave A Dungeon
Changes And Differences
As this game is a remaster, it does include plenty of new features and changes.
- Ability to choose your starter Pokemon
- Watercolour graphic style
- Auto mode (Pressing the L Button will automatically move the player and their team until an enemy is approached or the button is pressed again)
- The A Button selects the best move against an opponent.
- Up to five additional team members can be added while in a dungeon, for a total of eight teammates.
- Some new items, like the Bank Orb.
- The Makuhita Dojo has been revamped. Only one Pokémon can enter at a time, experience gained is boosted, and there is a time limit, depending on which ticket the player gives to Makuhita.
- Gummies can no longer be taken out of the Kangaskhan Storage. Instead, they are eaten at a rescue camp.
- The names of the player's main character, partner, and rescue team can be changed in the main menu.
- TMs can no longer be Recycled - they are destroyed.
- Recycle now instead changes a Plain Seed to a different Seed or an Oran Berry.
- Friend Areas and the Wigglytuff Club are replaced by rescue team camps and Wigglytuff's Camp Corner.
- Shiny Pokémon can be recruited using the Friend Bow.
- A shortcut from the Team Base to the Pelipper Post Office is created by Diglett early on in the game.
- You can now have 8 Pokemon in your party
- Rarities are bonuses that affect your whole team
- You can now manage your team, items and money at the Dungeon prep screen
- You can recruit fainted Pokemon as long as you have the right camp
- Wigglytuff orbs will allow you to purchase Rescue Team camps while in a dungeon
As it is a Pokemon game, it does follow many similar mechanics you're used to. It also has plenty of new ones.
Traditional Pokemon Mechanics
- Base Stats (EVs or IVs are not used)
- Abilities (some differ to the traditional games)
- Status Conditions (some differ and are unique to the traditional games)
- Items (some differ and are unique to the traditional games)
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX features its own Pokedex with over 400 Pokemon, including those from Generation 4.
In the original game, Generation 4 was not included as it arrived in the same year as the game launch.
The Pokedex features all Pokemon from Generation 1-3, but only a select few from Gen 4 (which were datamined before release).
All of these new Pokemon are part of an existing evolutionary chain in the game and make for a natural fit.
The game will also feature 43 mega evolutions.
As it stands there are no multiplayer details to speak about, however, there will be an element of being able to save fallen Rescue Teams in dungeons.
Pre-Order, Price And Best Places To Buy
No special edition (such as a limited edition or collector's edition) exists for this game.
It also does not currently possess a themed Nintendo Switch.
The game will cost the following:
- UK - £49.99
- US - $59.99
- EU - €59.99
- AUS - $79.95
- JPN - ¥7,160.41
You can also check out the best places to pre-order and buy the game right here.
You can also get 600 My Nintendo Gold Points if you pre-purchase the digital version of the Pokemon Mystery DungeonDX through Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com.
Offer ends 3/5/2020 at 8:59 p.m. PT.