I get really excited when Nintendo does these Direct videos and just stealth announces a new game that you can be playing RIGHT NOW. I mean, this isn't really like Tetris 99 or anything. But, they went ahead and announced a new free demo. And that's SOMETHING. To be honest, I really appreciate demos in this day and age. Sometimes, I might play a demo and realize that a game I would have overlooked otherwise is something I really want to play. Other times, I might find out that my brief time spent with a demo is more than enough for me.
This weekend, I downloaded Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, which is both a demo and a mouthful. But let's be real: Nintendo has had a great streak of remakes going on Switch lately. It's not like anyone needed a remake of Pokemon Yellow, but dammit if Let's Go Pikachu wasn't glorious. And NOBODY expected a full on remake of Link's Awakening, but that turned out to be one of my favorite games of 2019. So here we are. There's a new old Pokemon on the horizon and a free demo to go with it. So why not?
Having never played the original GBA and DS Mystery Dungeon games, I was pretty excited to give it a go. All I knew was that it was a Pokemon roguelike, which is cool with me. And the art style is a pretty sort of watercolor looking deal. When I got to the product page, I saw the preorder price of - you guessed it - a full $60. Which seems a lot to me. I mean, look - I get that games are expensive to make. And Game Freak do make good ones. But here's the thing... right away I'm thinking to myself that if I like this demo, I'm either going to wait for a big sale, or even more likely, I'll just buy a copy on DS for less money. Probably.
But really all that is moot. Because y'know what? I'm actually pretty bored with this game. It's cute, yes. But man... I feel like even though it LOOKS awesomely modern, it FEELS sluggishly antiquated. Playing through the rather brief demo I wasn't fired up to get MORE content. Nope. If anything, I kept thinking that if was in the mood to play a roguelike, I'd more like pop Etrian Odyssey back into the 3DS or maybe consider checking out Persona Q2, which now seems like the 3DS' swansong. So eh. I don't know. I don't think I'm sold on this one.
OHHHH. But I did want to say that I found the little personality test thing cure when you launch the game. I don't know why, but I got a real kick out of the fact that the game decided that I'm a total Squirtle. So at least I got something out of this game, haha.