Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Review
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Box Art
System: 3DS
Dev: Spike Chunsoft
Pub: Nintendo
Release: March 24, 2013
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Mild Cartoon Violence

Your trusty partner, along with the hundreds of other Pokémon you befriend and enlist, will be controlled by the computer, and rather poorly at that. You can give them limited tactics such as following you, exploring on their own, and not using moves, but you have no direct control over them in combat. Since most encounters are a menial chore, quick executions are fine, but when surrounded by a large number of enemies or against a challenging boss, you'll sweat over the limited control you have over the outcome, especially since the death penalty is harsh. Should you faint in battle, you have two options: Either hope you have a nearby friend who also has the game and can use a Reviver Seed via the StreetPass to pick you back up, or restart the entire dungeon with some items and coin plucked from your backpack. To keep yourself healthy and give your team the upper hand, you should fill your bag with seeds, berries, orbs, and other useful items. But the space is limited and items do not stack, so choosing the proper loadout before embarking on a quest is key.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Screenshot

One of the few enjoyments on your dungeon exploits is the lively tunes that accompany you through the dank passages. Most of the jingles are quite perky, and though short, they’ll have you humming or whistling along as you dispatch the wild Pokémon in your way. Back in town the music is even livelier, and paired with the beautiful scenery, it’s always a warm welcome after trudging through the caverns.


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, the new features, wonderful visuals and sound, and engaging activities are far ahead of the previous games of the series. But on the other hand, exploring the mystery dungeons, where most of your time is spent, is still a tedious affair, and despite 3D visuals, it’s a recycled trek that needs a serious overhaul. If you enjoyed the past titles, then Gates To Infinity is definitely one you shouldn't pass up. If the limited combat controls are something you can tolerate, then the constant additions and upgrades available upon returning to the Paradise are an addictive pastime. My suggestion is to download the sizeable free demo from the 3DS eShop. It takes you through the beginning and really lets you get your feet wet. If you're still intrigued afterwards, you can purchase the full game and continue right from where you left off in the demo.

Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: March 25, 2013

The Pokémon look great in 3D. Everything above ground is nicely colored and whimsical. But the dungeons are drab, drab, drab.
Navigating menus and exploring the region is an easy affair. Not being able to control the entire team is very disappointing.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The melodies are short but endearing and memorable. The sound effects are a little dated however.
Play Value
There are so many fun improvements and interactive places outside the dungeons. It's when you enter those caverns that things get dreary.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Explore the infinite possibilities of Mystery Dungeons as they come to life with vibrant 3D graphics and detailed environments!
  • Become a Pokémon and travel through a fantastic land inhabited only by other Pokémon! Enlist their help as you build Pokémon Paradise!
  • Play as Pikachu, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig, or Axew, and talk with other Pokémon!
  • There's a new adventure around every corner as you battle and befriend Pokémon, collect treasure, and explore.
  • Use the Nintendo 3DS Camera to discover Magnagates in the real world that lead to new Mystery Dungeons!

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