It’s official; the second Pokemon video game for the Nintendo 3DS is yet another spin-off. As revealed in the Japanese magazine CoroCoro, the latest installment of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is getting the 3D treatment and bringing some nifty AR-related gimmicks along for the ride.
The official title of the game – Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagates and the Infinitely Great Labyrinth – reveals something about the gameplay. Apparently, the “magnagates” are portals that allow your in-game Pokemon to enter new dungeons. These magnagates can be opened up using the AR function and the 3DS’s dual cameras; essentially players can look at any circular shape in the real world, and that shape will become a magnagate to enter in the game. Interesting.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon actually doesn’t slouch with its visuals this time around; based on the scans of CoroCoro, the game uses 3D models similar to the ones found in the Pokedex 3D app. Also, the environment appears to be fully rendered and detailed, so perhaps the game won’t look so same-y after an hour of playing.
Finally, it has been confirmed that Magnagates and the Infinitely Great Labyrinth will feature Pokemon from the upcoming Black 2 and White 2 versions – though I’m not sure how this is surprising, considering that the Unova Pokemon are the only ones without an appearance in the Mystery Dungeon series. Confirmed Pokemon include Pikachu, Oshawott, Tepig, and Axew.
What do you think? Will the 3D graphics and AR features be enough to pull the Mystery Dungeon series out of “mediocre” territory? Stay tuned for more about this one.