Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team - hands-on

As there's a Red version coming out for the GBA, you won't be surprised to hear that the game really doesn't take advantage of the Nintendo DS's unique properties. The dual-screen use is pretty perfunctory, while the stylus use is almost laughable. While you can control the game with the stylus, it's faster and more accurate to stick with the D-pad and face buttons.

From what we've played of the nearly-final version of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, it appears that fans who want a fulfilling Pokemon experience for the Nintendo DS will be a bit happier, but will ultimately be left wanting. This dungeon crawler has many elements of a Pokemon RPG, but it's so far, we're not seeing the same care or skill as the titles that made the series a worldwide phenomenon. Dial your expectations to "average" for this one.