New Pokémon Survey Hints At Mystery Dungeon's Return

A new survey suggests that Nintendo could bring back the Pok√©mon Mystery Dungeon spin-off series. In contrast to the Pok√©mon franchise‚Äôs usual turn-based battles and monster-raising formula, the Mystery Dungeon games were top-down roguelike dungeon crawlers that had players control their favorite Pok√©mon directly. These players would then join special Pok√©mon ‚Äúrescue teams‚ÄĚ to navigate through randomly-generated dungeons and complete various missions, ranging from finding lost Pok√©mon to retrieving special items. Players could also recruit new Pok√©mon to their Mystery Dungeon teams, including Legendaries.


The first two installments of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series were 2006’s Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team, which were released for the Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advance respectively. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness would follow in 2008, adding Generation IV Pokémon to the dungeon-crawling gameplay. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky would be released the following year as an update to the previous games in a similar vein to Pokémon Yellow. A Japan-exclusive Pokémon Mystery Dungeon would also be released in 2009, followed by Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity in 2012 and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon in 2015. Lastly, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX would launch on the Nintendo Switch in 2020 as a remake of the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games.

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According to GamesRadar, Nintendo is sending out an online survey to ask players what kind of new Pok√©mon games they want in the future. This survey was sent out randomly to players who signed up for Nintendo‚Äôs mailing list via email, but Reddit user SpaceEV shared a copy of it on r/MysteryDungeon. One of the options on this survey mentions ‚Äúa new entry in an existing spin-off series‚ÄĚ like Pok√©mon Snap or Pok√©mon Mystery Dungeon. Naturally, this has a lot of fans excited about the possibility of Nintendo releasing a new Pok√©mon Mystery Dungeon game, even though its inclusion in Nintendo‚Äôs survey doesn‚Äôt necessarily mean it‚Äôs going to happen.

Nintendo Could Bring Back Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Nintendo is asking in a survey to see if there is demand for a new Mystery Dungeon game. from MysteryDungeon

This recent Nintendo survey offers up several other possible options for players to help shape the next big Pokémon project. Such options include remakes like Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, an open-world title like the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violent, a more traditional Pokémon installment set along a linear path like Pokémon Sword and Shield, or even a completely different style of game altogether like Pokémon Go.

It is worth repeating that this survey is simply meant to gauge what fans would be interested in seeing in the next Pokémon game rather than any indication of Nintendo’s plans. However, if enough people ask for a new Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, then perhaps The Pokémon Company will consider bringing the popular sub-franchise back. Meanwhile, players can look forward to exploring a brand-new era of monster-wrangling fun when Pokémon Scarlet and Violet launches on the Nintendo Switch this November.

Source: SpaceEV/Reddit (via GamesRadar)