Nintendo sent over a press release announcing that Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, a spinoff of the Dragon Quest core series, is now available, exclusively for DS. Players scout and collect monsters in order to build a team to battle enemies. When a player's party encounters other monsters in a battle, they can try to recruit those monsters with their scouting skills. A meter on the top screen indicates the chance that players can scout a monster. The higher the number, the higher the chance the monster will join a player's party. More than 300 different monsters are available to scout and synthesize. By synthesizing two different monsters, players can create new, more powerful monsters. These monsters can be customized using more than 240 skill trees. Some monsters return from previous Dragon Quest games, while others are new.