The “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon” series of games by Chunsoft have developed quite a dedicated, but small following within the Pokémon fandom since “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team” for the Gameboy Advance and “Blue Rescue Team” for the Nintendo DS were both released simultaneously back in 2005 (2006 internationally). Since then it has spawned various other games and is now heading for the Nintendo 3DS.
This month’s CoroCoro Magazine in Japan has announced the existence of “Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth” (is it me or are Japanese game names getting weirder and weirder?). What is notable about this game is that it uses the full 3D models of the Pokémon from the “Pokédex 3D Pro” application, as opposed to sprites like previous games in the series, which goes to show the power this console has.
As with previous games, there are some stores that are ran by various Pokémon. Kecleon and its Goods Store returns, while Rampardos is in charge of Treasure Store, Dunsparce is in charge of Quest Requests (hey, that rhymes!) and Cofagrigus runs a currently unidentified store. One of the game’s new features is the use of Augmented Reality, which has players scanning every day things to turn them into “Magnagates”, which unlock paths to new dungeons.
The game is set to be released in Japan this Winter, with no international release announced at this time.