Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX review: Adorable adventure into nostalgia

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company’s newest main series spinoff, is an adorably fun time with plenty of content to keep fans and newcomers entertained.

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publishers: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo Switch (reviewed)
Release Date: March 6, 2020

Nintendo does some of their best work when they are bouncing back from a flop or mistake: the Wii U led to the Switch, Skyward Sword (The Legend of Zelda‘s most divisive title) led to Breath of the Wild, Mario Sunshine led to Mario Galaxy, and Metroid: Other M was swiftly followed by Samus Returns. Nintendo is one of the best publishers when it come to properly assessing their mistakes and learning from them, typically utilizing the lessons they learn within only a few years to give fans what they want.

Nintendo’s most recent mistake came in the form of Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Rushed production led to a game with problems in everything from the graphical department to story. More then half of the national Pokedex was cut in favor of developing better animations for the Pokemon that made the cut, and those new animations are few and far between. The game offered little to no challenge, especially for longtime fans of the series, and offered the most annoying hand-holding present in a Nintendo game yet.

Fans remain extremely divided on Sword and Shield, with the announcement of a thirty dollar DLC and a  new paid service (Especially the fact that it is the only way to get most fan favorite Pokemon that will not be making their way to Sword and Shield) not helping. Fans expect a certain level of content and polish from a Pokemon game, and that is not what the community received from Sword and Shield.

Before the announcement of that thirty dollar DLC, however, came a much better received, much more joyful announcement.

Nintendo opened the Pokemon Direct on January 9 of 2020 with the reveal of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, a remake of the original games in the beloved spinoff series. Originally, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue/Red Rescue Team were handheld titles on the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, but the remake would be finding its way onto the Nintendo Switch on March 6th.

Nintendo took the lessons they learned from Pokemon Sword and Shield and utilized them in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (henceforth shortened to Mystery Dungeon DX), making an extremely pleasant looking experience with loads of content and story to keep fans playing for hours on end.