Hey, great! The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is coming out March 24, 2013. Wait, but it has DLC. Oh, but the DLC appears to be extra dungeons. Well, I’m not quite sure how to feel about that, given the “catch’em all” mentality of the game. If recruitment works the way it did in previous games, it could mean trouble.
See, in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, players end up recruiting new companion pokemon for their party via beating enemy pokemon in dungeons. Sometimes those pokemon have a change of heart and then join your team, which means they can end up being AI partners when dungeon crawling. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is now guaranteed to have at least four DLC Mystery Dungeons. Since part of the appeal of the Mystery Dungeons is each has a different look and pokemon, it could mean people may have to buy all DLC to get all possible companions.
On the bright side, the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity DLC will be temporarily free, just like Nintendo’s doing with Fire Emblem: Awakening. People can get Poke Forest Mystery Dungeon between March 24 and April 30, 2013. I’m sure exploring that will provide answers like, “Do I have to buy all the Mystery Dungeons so I can befriend all the pokemon?”
Nintendo also decided to briefly touch on multiplayer in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity DLC announcement. Perhaps it was to soften the blow that we’ll all probably feel compelled to maybe buy a dungeon with our favorite pokemon in it. There’s StreetPass, naturally, where passing apparently revives fallen pokemon, and there will also be a Companion Mode where up to four players can explore Mystery Dungeons over local wireless. No online multiplayer, unfortunately, which would have been a really awesome addition. It’s also a bit odd, since the standard Pokemon games wholeheartedly embrace online multiplayer. Oh well, we’ll live.