Parents' Guide to

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun, gratifying Pokémon tale in new adventure setting.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2015
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 9+

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This is the latest installment in the spin-off crossover series of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and it's one of the preachy ones. In this game you are turned into a Pokemon and must discover why you were turned into a Pokemon and also why Pokemon are mysteriously being turned into stone. A mild spoiler alert is that negative emotions are destroying the Pokemon world and in the end good triumphs over the negativity because even though you cannot rid the world of negative emotions like feeling doubt and anger and sadness, acknowledging that those emotions exist but not letting those feelings control you and have power over your life in a bad way, but instead growing and becoming positive about things is what saves the day. I would say that while the game is not my favorite in the spin-off series overall, it's still a very good game with a wonderful and much needed lesson about letting negative emotions control your actions and the value of friendship and never giving up. I love this game so much. In many ways the Mystery Dungeon spin-offs are far better than the main series games because they are story driven and teach a moral lesson while also having fun game play.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Though it doesn't mess with the formula that made its Mystery Dungeon predecessors so popular on Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance, this role-playing game won't disappoint. Gamers should love the sheer number of Pokémon available, to find, talk with, work for, and battle alongside. Because of the huge cast and randomly generated maps, there's a lot of content to keep fans glued to the portable device. The turn-based combat is fun and challenging, with a variety of offensive and defensive plays to use up per turn to emerge victorious, and you can collect items to equip ahead of battles to help you in the heat of the fight.

A giant map called Connection Orb connects you with other Pokémon and shows you new quests to complete as you work through this large adventure. The 3-D effect for the game works well, and compliments the catchy music, but be aware there will likely be some frame-rate issues when you advance quickly through areas; at least the choppiness ends quickly. With its intense turn-based battles, huge cast of characters, and high replayability, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is highly recommended for fans of the franchise.

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