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The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series is a series of games, currently comprised of nine different games. The series of games have been expanded into several mangas and several anime specials.
The first pair of games in the series, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, were released on the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS in 2005 and 2006. An anime special loosely based of the game aired first aired in the US on September 8, 2006. It aired in Japan on March 23, 2007.
The second pair, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, were released on the Nintendo DS in 2007 and 2008. Another anime special, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness, first aired in Japan on September 9, 2007. It aired almost a year later in the United States on September 1, 2008.
Their third version, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, were released in 2009, with several additions to the storyline of Time and Darkness. The most recent anime special, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness, aired in Japan on April 12, 2009, airing in the US a few months later, on October 9, 2009.
In August 2009, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Keep Going! Blazing Adventure Squad!, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Let's Go! Stormy Adventure Squad!, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Go For It! Light Adventure Squad! were released on WiiWare, on the Wii. Each game is slightly different from each other, with less story and background than other Mystery Dungeon games.
The most recent addition, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, was released in Japan on November 23, 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is an adaptation of the Fushigi no Dungeon games, except for Pokémon. Like the main Pokémon RPGs, it has two gameplay modes; unlike the main RPGs, battle mode and dungeon mode are not distinct. It is a semi-turn-based game, with each step, attack, or item use being counted as a single turn.
The size of a party is limited to four in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, compared to six in the main RPGs. Furthermore, players are only able to directly control one Pokémon: their own character (or, later in the game, any other befriended Pokémon). The player's teammates are essentially autonomous, with player control being limited to general strategy such as avoiding Pokémon battles or not moving and staying in one place.
Most of the gameplay takes place within mystery dungeons, with many floors and hostile Pokémon. Due to the many dangers, exploration teams prepare for the challenges by using the many services offered at Pokémon settlements such as Pokémon Square and Treasure Town.
In most of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, the player is a human who has mysteriously been turned into a Pokémon and fallen unconscious. Their partner awakens them, and together form a team of some kind that realize missions.
Red/Blue Rescue Team
- Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team → Plot
In a faraway land, a human wakes up and discovers that he/she has been turned into a Pokémon. After rescuing a Caterpie from a Mystery Dungeon, the human and the partner become a rescue team who decide to help other since there are so many disasters that affects other Pokémon.
During the initial run of the game, the main plot is the player's attemp to discover about his/her past as human. Then, a story about a human who gave the life of a Gardevoir up in order to be saved from a curse is spread, the player is believed to be this human. After becoming fugitives and learning the truth, the rescue team reassemble.
Just after the player's is discovered, Groudon awakens and threaten to worsen the conditions of the disasters. After saving Team ACT, a elite team found earlier in the story, and defeating Groudon, the player learns about being transformed into a Pokémon in order to fulfill a role that ends with a star about to get in collision with earth being destroyed by summoning Rayquaza. When the disaster ends, the player realize it's time for going back to human world and leave the partner behind. After a plea from the partner and a wish from the player the latter is allowed to live forever as a Pokémon.
After the main storyline is ended, the player is free to explore new worlds and recruit Legendary Pokémon. One of the main revelations is that Gengar, the leader of Team Meanies and a minor antagonist, is the one to blame for the curse of Gardevoir and asks help. With the help of the player, Gengar is able to lift the curse and save Gardevoir.
Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky
- Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness → Plot
- Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky → Plot
Gates to Infinity
- Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity → Plot