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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers (Time/Darkness/Sky) for Nintendo DS

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#1 Ngamer01

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 05:33 AM

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Often referred by the fan nicknames, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon 2 or Pokémon Explorers, this generation of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon versions came out on Nintendo DS with the first two versions Time and Darkness following by an enhanced version, Sky.  Out of the three versions, Sky is the most popular version if not the most popular entry in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series and was the one brought to Wii U Virtual Console.

 

The Explorers games all start with the usual beginning:  You play as a human turned Pokémon with no memory of what happened to you or who you used to be outside your name.  You then meet your Pokémon partner and then set off on adventures trying to figure out what happened to you, figure out who you used to be, and as that mission goes on, the world comes under threat of a growing evil that you must stop.

 

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games are mainly known for their stories instead of gameplay.  The gameplay namely takes the form of three things:

1) You talk to Pokémon in the local town for information, to arm yourself, and then...

2) You're tasked to explore Mystery Dungeons and carry out missions.  These dungeons will change their layouts every time even if you reenter the same Mystery Dungeon.

3) Some Mystery Dungeons have bosses/events you must clear to advance the story.

 

Originally during the DS era, I didn't think much of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon due to unfavorable reviews (and later playing the Gates to Infinity demo on 3DS -- I did enjoy the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon animé OVAs though), but once I sprang for Explorers of Sky, I fell in love with the game even if the gameplay isn't that special.  The story is just SO GOOD.  The ending though...

 

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As I just mentioned I did beat the main game of Explorers of Sky and am currently working in the post-game.  The following pictures contain SPOILERS from the post-game (note I'm the Squirtle and Eevee is my partner).  Pics captured from Wii U VC via Elgato Capture HD:

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Edited by Ngamer01, 08 November 2017 - 05:37 AM.


#2 SuperTeeter64

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:52 PM

The DS Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games I honestly thought were the best. The 3DS ones looked kinda meh to me. But maaaaan. They really tug at your heart those DS and one GBA one. Pokémon can be way too emotional. XD I need to get back to Exploler's of Sky on Wii U. I was Charmamder and partner is Piplup.

#3 Ngamer01

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 02:35 PM

As evident by the avatar change, I beat Special Episode #5 of Sky today after starting it yesterday.
 
The following contain massive spoilers for Special Ep. 5, but also I have so many images, I cannot post everything directly.  All images will be linked to.
 
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Of course here's the image in full of my avatar:
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EDIT - I have a few more pics. Spoilers all around.

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Edited by Ngamer01, 12 November 2017 - 07:24 PM.


#4 Ngamer01

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:24 PM

Well today I busted my backside hauling Caterpie (a paltry Level 13) in an escort mission through a new post-game dungeon rated 5-stars in difficulty.  Escort missions are a pain in the ass when your client can't take a hit worth a damn.  Worse yet if it's an escort mission to a long dungeon (10+ floors -- this one was around 20 floors).  To add-on to the pain, how about plenty of traps and a monster house in your way?

 

This is why I drink.  Top me up, Spinda:

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Edited by Ngamer01, 13 November 2017 - 06:30 PM.


#5 Ngamer01

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:09 PM

PMD: Explorers of Sky game progress update:  I tried to take on another escort mission to a new unknown dungeon.  It ended in failure because the client is too weak and eats up too many damn Reviver Seeds.  This dungeon was a 6-star dungeon (mission/dungeon difficulties range from E or easy to 9-star or breaking your (3)DS/Wii U GamePad difficult).

 

On the plus side the 2nd major post-game quest to Shaymin Village has opened up.  If I'm succesful, I'll be able to unlock the Sky Jukebox (or the sound test if you will).  I just might skip over listening to the main ending and Special Ep. 5 ending themes.  They all are so sad.  ;_;


Edited by Ngamer01, 15 November 2017 - 12:12 PM.


#6 Ngamer01

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 07:37 AM

Well despite the posting woes, I do like sharing my experiences from gameplaying, but with Miiverse gone, I don't know how long I would be allowed to do this here before this thread gets locked if I'm the only one posting mostly here.

 

I played some more Explorers of Sky and finished another post-game quest.  The following will have spoilers.

 

How fitting for this time of year:

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Monster Houses suck.  Monster Houses that trigger when you spawn into a floor suck harder:

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...Ew.:  http://ngamer01.choz.../files/0029.png

 

Cleaning house:

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Now that's a 180:  http://ngamer01.choz.../files/0032.png

 

I'm sure it's beautiful, but I hate heights.  >.<

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Nice to get a lift down the mountain:

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One thing that surprised me on that mountain trip was I lost both Eevee and Lunatone to fainting up the mountain and didn't get a Game Over for it:

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I got the Sky Jukebox:

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#7 Ngamer01

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 03:58 AM

Well I opened up the next post-game quest recently in PMD: Explorers of Sky.  An expedition to Blizzard Island awaits.

 

I've got more pictures, but like always with everything in the post-game, SPOILERS!

 

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