CoroCoro's first images have been released detailing the newest addition to the dungeon crawler Mystery Dungeon series. Though not many details are known yet, some pretty decent info's been leaked.
Firstly, the name. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth. Bit of a mouthful, but hey, that's direct translations from Japanese to English for ya. Secondly, the game will be released on the 3DS. Just as Ninty has said, BW2 will be the last major release on the DS, and as such a first party title like this is to be released on the most recent console. Since it's on the 3DS, the game will also make use of that processing power and the graphics will not be 2D any longer, as a few in-game screenshots from this image signifies. It's nice to see handheld Pokemon games transition from 2D to 3D now that they've got a competent handheld, and I hope they nail it properly rather than pull somethin' similar to Pokepark or spin-off garbage of that sort. Perhaps the next mainstay RPG will also be in 3D... ... ... An ambitious thought, ain't it?
Two more important details: Magnagate and the Infinite Labyrinth (from now on to be shortened as PMD: MatIL) will be released in Japan this Winter, which means the US release; I'm assuming there will be one; won't be too far behind, possibly some time around Spring 2012. Lastly, this game will be standalone: there will not be multiple versions of the same game. No more version exclusives, no more money-grubbing hassle. While we can't say it won't get a Platinum or a Sky in the future, this won't be another Red/Blue or Time/Darkness conundrum. Everyone gets the same damn game, and gets everything you should receive for a full-priced game.
There's still a bit more news of course, though mostly minor details. The story begins with you, as a human, "falling into a dream wherein you turn into a Pokemon". MatIL will also have an augmented reality feature via the 3DS' cameras, used to open dungeons (among other things), just like how the Dream Radar uses it. It's pretty obvious this gimmick will either have somethin' to do with the Dream World, whether it'l be connected to the GTS and other Dream World stuff or not.
Many Pokes in the game have also been revealed via this image, both ones you play as and NPCs. Pikachu, Axew, and the Unova starters are confirmed to be playable (can't say I'd mind playin' as a Haxorus). Those Unova Pokes aside, plenty of other Unova 'mons have been confirmed as well, so it's pretty obvious this is a Gen 5 Mystery Dungeon.
Finally, that image also details the starting town, typically the hub of your non-dungeon activities, as well as revealing many of the services and Pokes running said services in the town. A Kecleon once again runs the general Item Shop; though, it doesn't seem to be the Kecleon Brothers... A Cofagrigus runs another store. A Dunsparce will be the one t' give out Quests (I miss quirky ol' Wigglytuff already). A Rampardos runs the "Treasure Store", which will probably be the store that opens locked treasure chests for ya, though it may have new services as well.
That's all the news so far. As I did with the BW2 News thread, I'll keep all the details in the second post within spoilers, chronicling all the news as it's announced. While I'm honestly quite wary of the shift to 3D; what with my disdain for other 3D Pokemon RPGs; I'm certainly excited. I love the Mystery Dungeon games and I feel that, besides Black & White, they're the best Pokemon games that have been released. The fact I don't have to choose between version exclusives is even better.
Anywho, what's y'all's take on this announcement? Excited? Couldn't give a flyin' **** (don'tchu go 'n postin' that ¬_¬)? Questions? Throw up a post.