Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is the fourth installment in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon franchise and the first to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. The game was first released in Japan on November 23rd, 2012, and was subsequently released in North America on March 24th, 2013. Europe and Australia received the game two months later, on the 17th and 18th of May, 2013, respectively.
Gates to Infinity features a roster of 144 different species of Pokémon, predominantly made up of Generation V Pokémon. It is also the first Pokémon game on a handheld to ditch Pokémon sprites in favor for 3D models.
The game's biggest new feature is the ability to use your Nintendo 3DS Camera to point at circular objects, creating Magnagates. The ability to explore these special dungeons is offset from the main plot of the game.
Unlike previous games, there is no personality quiz featured at the beginning of the game, rather the player is able to freely choose their character.
There is an element of customization implemented into the gameplay, through the area Pokémon Paradise. Players are able to fill their Paradise with a variety of different shops, such as Berry and Seed crops, and dojos. This area is first established by the main character and their partner.
Hunger is also absent in the majority of dungeons, but however features in dungeons introduced in the post-plot. Players are able to purchase food items in these dungeons, as well as certain DLC dungeons.
IQ is also dropped from this game in favor for Team Skills. The main difference between these two mechanics is that Team Skills affect all of the player's Pokémon, rather than one specific Pokémon. These Team Skills are able to be obtained in Treasure Boxes.
The EXP system has also been altered. Instead of the player's Pokémon currently in the dungeon gaining EXP from defeated Pokémon, all Pokémon that the player has recruited will now gain EXP, whether they are in the dungeon or not.
Players have the choice to use two of the following Pokémon, with one being the player's character, and the other being their partner:
There are a number of Pokémon you will meet in the game. These characters are all non-playable characters, or NPCs. However, you have the option to play as a certain few characters a short time after joining your team.
NPCs that can join your team:
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