Once again heading into a world completely populated by Pokémon, players take a Personality Quiz to determine which Pokémon they will become. Will fans become their favourite Pokémon from the 16 potential Pokémon alter egos, including four Pokémon from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, available? Players must also choose a Partner Pokémon to support them through the rollercoaster adventure ahead as their trusty sidekick. Accompanied by their loyal friend in this strange world, players embark on an epic journey through limitless and randomly generated dungeons, uncovering mystery after mystery to find out why they’ve become a Pokémon.
The unpredictability in these titles is not limited to the Mystery Dungeons as Pokémon fans soon find out that the undiscovered treasures hidden in the deepest and darkest Dungeons are not the only secrets in this world! As players search and battle Pokémon in the dungeons, they discover that a Pokémon has travelled back in time to steal the precious Time Gears hidden in the farthest corners of this world. It is up to the player to build an Exploration Team brave enough to take on this enemy and prevent Time from stopping and the whole world plunging into Darkness!
As players settle into their new Pokémon form, their Partner Pokémon will urge them to join Wigglytuff’s Guild to create an Exploration Team. Once initiated into the Guild the newly formed team is allowed to run simple errands, but very soon the Exploration Team will head out on grander adventures, seeking lost items and capturing wanted outlaws. At the Guild, players will be well looked after by a host of Pokémon who are always ready to help players with their adventure!
Players take on the responsibility of Team leader as they enter the dungeons, collecting items and challenging enemy Pokémon standing in their way. As the game progresses, victory will sometimes see fans able to invite the defeated Pokémon into their team. Also, a useful new option in these Pokémon titles is now available to those who faint in the Dungeons. They are able to send out an SOS mail to friends via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or the Nintendo DS wireless function or as a password!
Choosing the Friend Rescue option allows any player who is defeated in a dungeon to issue an SOS mail to friends or other Exploration Teams, calling for them to enter that dungeon and make a rescue attempt. If the rescue attempt is a success, the defeated Exploration Team will not lose any money or items and continue the exploration from where they fainted. Along with the Friend Rescue requests, players can also access Wonder Mail to share dungeon missions and view any requests for advice from other players. Fans can also swap items in Trade Items and even trade team members in Trade Team.
Already available in North America, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness, rated E for Everyone, launch across Europe on 4th July 2008.
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