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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
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Explorers of Darkness
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Darkness Exploration Team) is a Generation Ⅳ Pokémon spin-off game developed by Chunsoft and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company on Nintendo DS in 2007. The game also received a definitive edition entitled Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 空の探検隊, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Sky Exploration Team) on the same platform in 2009. Alongside its paired and sister game, they are the second set of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series.
Explorers of Time, along with Explorers of Darkness, are the successors to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team. They introduced Pokémon from the Generation Ⅳ mainline games, granting the amount of Pokémon available previously from 386 to 491. Shaymin and Arceus were excluded from the list as they were yet to be officially introduced in the mainline game Pokémon Platinum. Along with it, more features that take advantage of the Nintendo DS's dual-screen capabilities were put to the game featuring gimmicks used for Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (game) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. The community refer to this game by the short name Explorers.
On the morning after a stormy night, you're awakened on a strange beach by a talking Pokémon! And you discover that you've been turned into a Pokémon yourself! After becoming friends with the other Pokémon, you, as the hero, partner up and join a guild made of many exploration teams. With your trusted friend, you go on a grand adventure in a world full of Pokémon chock full of mysteries and fascinating challenges. Playing as this team, you'll search for treasures, solve mysteries, recruit new members, and rank up your team! Along the way you'll investigate why you turned into a Pokémon and uncover the truth surrounding the mysteries of time and darkness in this Pokémon world. Get ready to explore the far reaches of this world with your Pokémon friends and unravel its many secrets.
While the games had a successful selling score, the rating for both games were generally underwhelmed by the media.
Following its selling, multiple anime adaptations, manga, goodies and strategy guides books were produced during the post-release of the games.
The success of the Explorers games held them in the record of the most sold games in the Mystery Dungeon series with a total of over 6 million copies worldwide: over 4.50 million from Explorers of Time & Darkness and over 1.40 million from Explorers of Sky. It is followed by Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team (over 5.23 million copies worldwide) and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (over 1.17 million copies worldwide).
- For this subject's image gallery, see Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Titles.
English Darkness cover art.
Japanese Darkness cover art.
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