The 3DS game library is expanding with an all new Pokemon game. It’s not a full entry in the main series though, as Nintendo’s latest announcement is the release of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. That’s the spin-off in which players control a pokemon, speak with other pokemon to take missions and recruit partners, then head into a dungeon to fight even more pokemon.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is still a RPG, but it’s a rogue-like, action RPG. That means when you enter the dungeon, everything happens in real time. Whenever you move, an opponent moves. Almost all dungeon areas are randomly generated. Also, if you faint in a dungeon, you start back at the beginning and all of the items you’ve acquired are gone. It can be pretty difficult. Especially since this entry has 20 story dungeons and side Magnagate dungeons created by scanning circular items around you with the 3DS’ camera.
As with all Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity starts with the player being turned into a pokemon somehow. This time, you can end up being Pikachu, Axew, Oshawott, Snivy or Tepig depending on the questions you answer when the game begins. Each has different abilities, naturally, but the story will be the same no matter which poke-identity you get.
Another good part of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity release doesn’t even involve us getting the game. Though that is a good bonus, because the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are surprisingly awesome. It’s that it proves Nintendo is commited to providing physical and digital copies of all of its games. When Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity appears on March 24, 2013, it’ll show up in stores and the eShop at the same time.
Now, if Nintendo could just work on its game pricing. I mean, a download should not cost the same as a physical copy. As is, all 3DS games from Nintendo are $39.99, whether you’re getting them on a cartridge or having them nestle securely in your 3DS’ memory. At least give us a $5 discount!