Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Announced - Update

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Announced - Update

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are a "fresh take" on the original Game Boy Advance titles.

Update: Nintendo president Satoru Iwata clarified in a financial results briefing that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are "full remakes," meaning the pair of games will not be a spin-off or a sequel to the original Ruby and Sapphire.

Original story:

Nintendo announced today the 3DS titles Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, set to launch in November worldwide. They are remakes of the Game Boy Advance titles Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. While the new titles are remakes, Nintendo stated they are a "fresh take" on Ruby and Sapphire.

Ruby and Sapphire are set in the Hoenn region where two crime syndicates are trying to use Pokemon to change Hoenn's climate to either increase landmass or water levels. The starter Pokemon include Torchic, Mudkip, and Treecko, and the legendary Pokemon are Groudon and Kyogre. Ruby and Sapphire were the two games in the series to introduce double battles.

What Nintendo will add to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is unknown at this point, but the artwork of legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre on the box art for the 3DS titles differs enough from the original artwork to make it look like they could be Mega Evolutions, a system Pokemon X and Y introduced.

Nintendo has remade past Pokemon games twice before: Blue and Red were remade to FireRed and LeafGreen and then Gold and Silver were remade to HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Source: Pokemon Company

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I played the hell out of Pokemon Emerald so i'll remain cautiously optimistic about these

Things Nintendo considered saying but didn't:

"Yeah, we know what everybody really wants is a game that lets you explore all the regions in one game, but that sounds like too much effort."

"Features still not included: Multiple save files. Features still intentionally omitted: The ability to use the 3DS's built in backup save file feature to create multiple save files. Features definitely included: Intentionally breaking saves if you try to use multiple memory cards with a digital copy to dodge the one-save-file restriction/"

"Why yes, we are still clinging to the pointless 'two versions of the same game' thing. Isn't rolling around in piles of money fun?"

Not that it matters a ton. Pokémon is Pokémon is Pokémon. It'll do well because it does well and the core gameplay still all works. Hopefully we'll see at least a handful of changes that have been long requested like more content in the endgame besides grinding whatever the Battle Tower is called this year.

I really enjoyed the Looker sidequest set from the post-game of X/Y. If they took queues from that to add more story-based things beyond the usual "go from town to town punching people and taking their money with the end goal of punching all the Gym Leaders" that would be cool.

Well that's one way to get people to forget about the bad financial results you also released today, Nintendo.

Still, I know I'll buy this. Kyogre :D

Hurrah for more cool underwater sections and sunken ships! I'm a little put off by terms like "fresh take" and "epic new" but I can only see this is a good thing.

Aww yiss!

I loved the 3rd gen games as a kid, and I've really liked their older gen remakes so far (Soul Silver is the bomb). Hopefully this game lives up to that!

Falterfire:

"Why yes, we are still clinging to the pointless 'two versions of the same game' thing. Isn't rolling around in piles of money fun?"

While I tend to agree with most of your points, I have to say the dual game thing is something I've always loved. Encouraging the social aspect that makes the games so much fun and is at heart what they were created for in the first place.

And very very few people will buy both versions. We're talking fans so hardcore they buy a load of merch anyway. THAT's where they really rake in the extra money.

Is it really going to be a 'fresh take' on the games or just 'updated visually'? I'd consider a 'fresh take' as doing something new, like giving people a choice in how the story unfolds (join the bad guys for instance) or to just give the finger to the plot and go on your own adventure whilst roaming freely.

It's about damn time they remade the 3rd gen games. Personally my favorite gen in the series. Sooooooo much nostalgia.

Epic "new" adventure, eh? And then you show the box of a remake, eh?
I don't think that word means what they think it means.

(Reads about how there are going to be remakes of Ruby and Sapphire.)

YESSSS!!!Finally I get to play some of favorite pokemon games in 3D.:D

I wonder if they're just doing Ruby and Sapphire or going to do another Red and Blue remake as well?

Cool, I was a huge fan of the Third Generation and am interested to see how this goes. This does go a long way to helping Nintendo's financial woes right now though I'm not sure announcing a 3DS game when your Wii U console is floundering a great idea. Also, Nintendo, please release another Pokemon Colosseum game for the Wii U, please? It might just shut up the people wanting a more story driven Pokemon game and help with Wii U sales.

Though Gen II was probably my favorite overall since you were able to visit two regions, Hoenn is still probably my favorite single region.

Still its hard to want to invest in the series again when there is no end in sight.

I can't wait.

Wow, this came out of nowhere, we're far enough into the year I assumed lack of announcement meant we wouldn't get a game this year. These were the first Pokemon games I ever played, I literally shed a manly tear of joy when I saw this newspost, can't wait!

This is exciting. I can't wait to get lost and confused around the overpass area again. Seriously, the map in this game caused me crazy trouble, and as far as I can tell, only me.

P.S. Thanks

Hopefully they make them suck less. Gen III was the worst.

Well, I'm pretty excited for this! While Gen II will always be my favourite, I actually really liked Gen III a lot.

I'm curious what will be the name of the 4th generation reboot. Cause it seems to me that they are running out of options. Colors, metals, gemstones, more colors, more metals and gemstones, heart and soul + metals, even more colors, even more colors but with innovative mechanic of numbers, letters and now back to gemstones but with other letters. Guess soon we'll get Pokemon C-nickel-blood-opal-brown, or something like that.

On topic - I'm happy that they are making Hoenn reboot. But I would rather prefer Nintendo to find word "new" in the dictionary and find what it means. And after that go for "improvements" in the same dictionary.

I wonder what people would say if Activision or EA did this with one of their franchises? To each their own i guess.

Jesus Christ. So many incredibly pessimistic reponses, how depressing are all of you people?!

loa:
Epic "new" adventure, eh? And then you show the box of a remake, eh?
I don't think that word means what they think it means.

They showed literally NOTHING about the game, and the only feature of the box are the legendary Pokemon of Ruby and Sapphire.

It could easily be a sequel to Ruby/Sapphire in the same way Black 2/White 2 are sequels to Black and White.

Shalok:
I played the hell out of Pokemon Emerald so i'll remain cautiously optimistic about these

Granted there's nothing wrong with your post, I just don't understand the 'cautiously optimistic' part. Pokemon is Pokemon. The games are generally all the same, with just improvements made in the later generations. Zero Punctuation's rules of hype doesn't apply to Pokemon. It's very predictable with what the game will be like.

Falterfire:
Things Nintendo considered saying but didn't:

"Yeah, we know what everybody really wants is a game that lets you explore all the regions in one game, but that sounds like too much effort."

"Features still not included: Multiple save files. Features still intentionally omitted: The ability to use the 3DS's built in backup save file feature to create multiple save files. Features definitely included: Intentionally breaking saves if you try to use multiple memory cards with a digital copy to dodge the one-save-file restriction/"

"Why yes, we are still clinging to the pointless 'two versions of the same game' thing. Isn't rolling around in piles of money fun?"

Well first, exploring ALL of the regions in one game WOULD be too much effort. It'd mean that Gamefreak would have to design and model all of the different regions from every generation, all with different architecture and then cram it all onto one tiny cartridge.

The trading feature of Pokemon games exists for a reason. It was put in there because it was one of the few things that allowed people to play games with each other outside of their homes. Pokemon is like the original MMO, the games encouraged people to play with each other outside of their homes, instead of just playing by themselves. In fact, that feature is the core of the game. It's even what the game's slogan revolves around, "Gotta catch em all".

In fact, the only valid point you have is that there should be multiple save files on Pokemon games, but even then, it's really not a big deal at all. If you want another save, then just store your Pokemon on Pokemon Bank (which is ridiculously cheap), and just restart your game. Easy.

Why have new games when you can have your childhood in HD?

How do we know that these are remakes in particular? The trailer advertises a new adventure in a new land. Could be some kind of sequel to RSE.

Yay, a remake of the two most boring Pokémon games beside Black and White 2!

maximalist566:
I'm curious what will be the name of the 4th generation reboot. Cause it seems to me that they are running out of options. Colors, metals, gemstones, more colors, more metals and gemstones, heart and soul + metals, even more colors, even more colors but with innovative mechanic of numbers, letters and now back to gemstones but with other letters. Guess soon we'll get Pokemon C-nickel-blood-opal-brown, or something like that.

On topic - I'm happy that they are making Hoenn reboot. But I would rather prefer Nintendo to find word "new" in the dictionary and find what it means. And after that go for "improvements" in the same dictionary.

Okay...

Go and play Nobunaga's Ambition (Pokemon Conquest), Mystery Dungeon, Pokemon Rumble, Pokemon Ranger, Pokemon Trozei, Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness or Pokemon Snap.

There're your 'new' games, seeming as you don't want new core Pokemon games. Have fun.

Redworld13:
I wonder what people would say if Activision or EA did this with one of their franchises? To each their own i guess.

The whole point of the Pokemon games are that they're supposed to be connected, which Ruby/Sapphire hardly are anymore.

And HD remakes aren't a new feature. If Activision wanted to REMAKE (not re-release) Call of Duty 1 or 2, then people'd probably pay a lot of money for it.

Explain to me what's so evil about Nintendo funding a HD remake of Ruby and Sapphire.

Covarr:
This is exciting. I can't wait to get lost and confused around the overpass area again. Seriously, the map in this game caused me crazy trouble, and as far as I can tell, only me.

P.S. Thanks

no man the map was confusing as hell

You know, I could be pessimistic, but I'll buy the game, possibly both. I'm pleased I can play it :)

Hoenn... actually confirmed? It's as if thousands of bad jokes cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced...

Hopefully they reduce the number of needed HMs. 3 water HMs are ridiculous. 2 is workable. I'm betting Blaziken will get a second mega evolution like charizard, too. Hopefully Sceptiles Mega makes him look cooler. Treecko is cool. Grovile is awesome. Aaaand Sceptile is meh. Excuse the rambling, didn't feel like using proper English today.

Truth be told, I'm hoping that these games follow the story of Pokemon Emerald a tad more. I know that the pokemon story is hardly the main attraction to the games. I really found it obnoxious that ruby/sapphire would portray team magma/team aqua as the good guys when they were clearly "evil", just on different extremes.

xaszatm:
Cool, I was a huge fan of the Third Generation and am interested to see how this goes. This does go a long way to helping Nintendo's financial woes right now though I'm not sure announcing a 3DS game when your Wii U console is floundering a great idea. Also, Nintendo, please release another Pokemon Colosseum game for the Wii U, please? It might just shut up the people wanting a more story driven Pokemon game and help with Wii U sales.

In all honesty there's not really any point to the Stadium series anymore; when you got down to it the purpose of the series was just see Pokemon in 3D. And now with the 3DS allowing that anyway the point of the Stadium series is kinda moot.

Anyway, I'd like to see what sort of improvements they're going to bring over from X and Y. I would expect it'll be in 3D since there's little reason NOT to use the X and Y engine. Maybe some new Mega Evolutions, Pokemon Amie, Super Training, Exp Share, etc. I never played Ruby and Sapphire when they came out, though with a remake that updates the games and with X and Y reigniting my interest in the series I'll definitely give them a whirl

Never mind, I confused "Ruby and Sapphire" with "Red and Blue"-remakes and thought this would be a second round of remakes for "Red and Blue". Guess I was a bit too quick and too cynical there.

Aiddon:

xaszatm:
Cool, I was a huge fan of the Third Generation and am interested to see how this goes. This does go a long way to helping Nintendo's financial woes right now though I'm not sure announcing a 3DS game when your Wii U console is floundering a great idea. Also, Nintendo, please release another Pokemon Colosseum game for the Wii U, please? It might just shut up the people wanting a more story driven Pokemon game and help with Wii U sales.

In all honesty there's not really any point to the Stadium series anymore; when you got down to it the purpose of the series was just see Pokemon in 3D. And now with the 3DS allowing that anyway the point of the Stadium series is kinda moot.

Anyway, I'd like to see what sort of improvements they're going to bring over from X and Y. I would expect it'll be in 3D since there's little reason NOT to use the X and Y engine. Maybe some new Mega Evolutions, Pokemon Amie, Super Training, Exp Share, etc. I never played Ruby and Sapphire when they came out, though with a remake that updates the games and with X and Y reigniting my interest in the series I'll definitely give them a whirl

I'm not so sure, While Pokemon Stadium for the N64 and Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii certainly did that, Pokemon Colosseum was different from the rest of console Pokemon games. They had their own region and own story, compared to Stadium's play a bunch of tournaments again. It played more like one of Pokemon's side games like Pokemon Conquest or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon rather than a Stadium game, Colosseum just used normal pokemon rules rather than creating new ones. It also contained one of the more darker Pokemon storylines and actual bosses rather than gym leaders.

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