Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team) are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, respectively. These games are the first two entries in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, an adaptation of the Mystery Dungeon games for Pokémon. These two games were developed by Chunsoft and were published by Nintendo. They were released in Japan on November 17, 2005, in the United States on September 18, 2006, in Europe on November 10, 2006, and in Australia on September 28, 2006.
In South Korea, Blue Rescue Team was released on August 30, 2007; Red Rescue Team was never released, because the Nintendo DS was the first console released by Nintendo of Korea. Nintendo of Korea also released a demo version of Blue Rescue Team for PC, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gold Rescue Team.
Both games were released for the Wii UVirtual Console in Europe on February 11, 2016, in Australia on February 12, 2016, in Japan on March 23, 2016, and in the United States on June 23, 2016. A remake of the games, titled Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, will be released on March 6, 2020.
All Pokémon from GenerationsI, II, and III are available in this game; all may be encountered and recruited as the player ventures across the land and through various dungeons.
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.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon starts with the player as a human who is turned into a Pokémon. A series of questions at the start of the game determines what Pokémon the player becomes.
When the player first discovers that they are a Pokémon, they will first meet their partner who happens to be there. The journey begins with the player going out to find a lost Caterpie. Once this first quest is done, the journey begins in earnest.
The player wakes up one day in the Pokémon world, as a human turned into a Pokémon.
This world is suffering an imbalance in nature, with natural disasters occurring everywhere.
The player and their partner form a rescue team after successfully rescuing Caterpie from Tiny Woods.
The player consults Xatu for an explanation of their presence in this world as a Pokémon at Great Canyon.
The player learns of the legend of Ninetales: one day, a human angered a Ninetales and was cursed, however, the human's Gardevoir took the curse upon herself to save her master. However, the human selfishly deserts the cursed Gardevoir. Ninetales prophesises that the selfish human would be reborn as a Pokémon, and when that happens, the balance of nature in the world would collapse.
Gengar convinces the Pokémon that the player is the selfish human in the legend of Ninetales, and they decide to run them out of town.
The new team is also defeated. The player goes to Magma Cavern themselves to rescue Team A.C.T.
After defeating Groudon, Xatu announces that a falling star is headed towards the planet, and that it is the meteor that is causing the imbalance in nature.
Gardevoir reveals to the player, in a dream, the true reason for their transformation: the player was destined to be the savior of the Pokémon world; the player decided to erase the memories of being a human in order to cleanse the heart and mind.
The player goes to find Rayquaza at Sky Tower in order to convince it to destroy the falling star.
Rayquaza's Hyper Beam destroys the meteorite. However, the player ends up in the netherworld in the aftermath of the explosion; Gengar helps them return to the Pokémon world.
As the Pokémon celebrate the end of the calamities, the player says farewell and leaves to return to the human world.
After the credits roll, the player decides to remain in the Pokémon world, and reappears at the Team Base.
Once the player clears Mt. Faraway and defeats the Mirage Pokémon, the player can go back to the Fields and Mt. Faraway to recruit the legendary beasts and Ho-Oh (if their Friend Areas have been opened).
If the player goes back to Pokémon Square and talks to Spinda, it will leave, encouraged to go exploring again.
After getting the Southern Island Friend Area and obtaining Surf from Solar Cave, a flying Pokémon steals the TMs from Kecleon Wares and flees to the Northern Range. The player follows it and defeats the Pokémon, revealed to be Latios.
Latios is revealed to have stolen the TMs because of losing Latias in Pitfall Valley. The player saves her there using the Teleport Gem. Both Eon Pokémon may join the player's team afterwards.
Medicham and Ekans go to the Wish Cave to try to grant wishes for themselves.
Ekans is defeated and places a rescue request for Medicham, who is still stuck in the cave.
After rescuing Medicham, the player is rewarded with the Wish Stone, which can be used to make Jirachi grant a wish.
Medicham and Ekans reveal that Gengar is trying to climb Mt. Freeze.
Gengar asks the player to escort him up Mt. Freeze.
Gengar reveals himself to be the selfish human in the legend of Ninetales, and is the master of Gardevoir.
Ninetales gives Gengar the Nine Tail Crest, and sends him to Murky Cave.
The player and Gengar go rescue Gardevoir. Gardevoir then offers to join the player's rescue team, but it has lost all its memory relating to Gengar.
Once the player goes back and recruits Ho-Oh, a cutscene will be shown showing Blastoise and Charizard being KO'd by an incredibly strong Pokémon in an extremely tough dungeon.
When the player goes through the dungeon, the Pokémon is revealed as Mewtwo.
If the player has the Friend Area Cryptic Cave, Mewtwo will ask to join the player's rescue team second time through the dungeon if the player defeats Mewtwo.
After recruiting Lugia, Xatu will appear outside the Team base. After that, Blastoise will come and say that he saw a cave and saw "weird things". Xatu will then name the place Meteor Cave. Then, the player will gain access to it. The player may recruit Deoxys in the Meteor Cave.
What if you woke up one day, and you were a Pokémon? What if all of a sudden you find yourself in a NEW world, where you can speak and interact with other Pokémon? The adventure begins when you and your partner Pokémon set out on rescue missions in a world ravaged by natural disasters. But what is your true purpose and destiny in this Pokémon world? That's the REAL mystery....
In the beginning of the game, the player takes a quiz. The answers to these questions determine a nature that decides which Pokémon the player starts with. Certain characters are only available to players of a certain gender.
After the player's character is determined, they then choose their partner Pokémon. The partner can only be any of the Starter Pokémon from the first three Generations, including Pikachu. However, the partner cannot be the same type as the player (although Eevee can evolve into the same type with a Stone).
A player with Blue Rescue Team can go to an Unknown Dungeon (found as an option on the main screen) through wireless communication with another player. When both players have contacted each other, they should close their DS and wait till they automatically finish a random dungeon and return an item and sometimes recruit a Pokémon. The player can open their DS whenever they want even if the other player has already opened theirs. Items received are usually rare. The player can go to the Unknown Dungeon however many times they like as long as the player has another player to communicate with.
The player can also go rescue another player who has fainted in a dungeon and prefers to await a rescue. The player can rescue from the title screen, or through Pelipper Post Office. The player should receive an SOS Mail from the other player through Wireless Mode or through a Password. When the player has received the SOS Mail, they can go rescue anytime they want. The player can go rescue by talking with Pelipper in the Post Office. The player who's awaiting rescue can cancel the wait, but the player who has already gotten the SOS Mail can rescue the other player and get a reward from Pelipper instead.
When the player faints in a certain dungeon, they can choose to send an SOS Mail to another player. While awaiting rescue, the player can explore on their current unlocked dungeons and can store items and Poké after completing the dungeon. The player can also organize their team members. The player is rescued when they receive an A-OK Mail. The player then may continue their exploration from the spot where they fainted. All items and Poké are restored. After the player completes or escapes from the dungeon, they may optionally (but are recommended to) go to Pelipper Post Office or the title screen to send a Thank-You Mail in thanks for the rescue. The player may also choose whether or not to reward the rescuer with one of their items.
The wireless communications function can be used to communicate with Pokémon Trozei! along with other copies of Blue Rescue Team. Prize coins are awarded to the copy of Trozei! while an item is awarded to the copy of Blue Rescue Team.
Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team a score of 35 out of 40. IGN rated the games an "Okay" 6.5/10. Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team hold a rating of 70.82% and 64.01%, respectively, on GameRankings.
As of March 31, 2007, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team have sold 5.23 million copies worldwide, being 2.20 million from Red Rescue Team and 3.03 million from Blue Rescue Team.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team sold 236,454 units on their first week on the Japanese market, being 112,898 from Red Rescue Team and 123,556 from Blue Rescue Team, with a sell-through of 51.38% and 48.99% respectively. By December 31, 2006, the end of their 59th week, they had sold 1,458,314 copies, being 714,324 from Red Rescue Team and 743,990 from Blue Rescue Team.
In the original Japanese release of Blue Rescue Team, a bug would wipe data from any Game Boy Advance game in the Nintendo DS's second slot that was not Red Rescue Team. This was fixed in all subsequent releases.
These are the first games that allow the player to understand what Pokémon are saying.