Being a remake of a classic roguelike dungeon crawl, it’s a pretty big departure from the main games in the iconic franchise. Instead of the RPG-focused team-building of the various Pokemon games, this is something new. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX recreates the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team.
Players have roles to choose from, but they don’t really get a choice. Players take a personality test when starting the game that will determine which team they join, and also have some impact on their path through the game. Spike Chunsoft developed the original games as a much more experimental series built around exploration compared to other titles. The Switch title will build on that legacy from 2006 and beyond by both including nods to longtime fans, but also pushing in new gameplay mechanics that tie into the platform.
These new mechanics include a full battle system where players can take a team of Pokemon into various dungeons, looking for loot and more. The battles encountered during this exploration will be much simpler though, as it’s an entirely automatic process based upon the weaknesses of each combatant.
There’s also a mildly cooperative element to this game. In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, players can rescue the parties from the dungeon that faint and fail to make it out. Which is pretty cool. Players who manage to overcome these additional challenges can earn unique rewards too.
The company is even pushing out a demo to interested gamers. A demo will be available later today at 7am PT / 10am ET / 9pm UK, and save data can be transferred to the full game. That full game will release on March 6, 2020 for Nintendo’s Switch.