(header image via zerudez)
It’s finally happening. After years of jokes, memes and speculation, and over a decade after its original release, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are coming to the 3DS (and 2DS, for the economical gamer)! I suppose it was bound to happen; Gen I and II got remakes, it was only a matter of time before it was Gen III’s turn, given its success and popularity.
There’s not much information disclosed so far, other than the titles of the games and the month of release. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are coming our way November 2014, as stated in this exciting trailer of box art and zooming text.
It’s likely going to be a Hoenn remake, however the trailer/teaser does say “explore a dramatic new world”, which Hoenn is not. I suppose in 3D it will look like a dramatic new world, or, as TheJWittz put it, maybe this is just “trailer jargon”.
I expected the next Pokemon game out to be Pokemon Z, but this is certainly a pleasant surprise. As someone who already owns X I’m definitely more excited for these RSE remakes; second to Gen VI (and remakes aside), I’d say the Hoenn games are my most played of the Pokemon franchise, and Sapphire was actually the first Pokemon game where I’d beat the Elite Four and Champion. I really hope the Trick House and secret bases make a return! They were pretty cool and unique features of the Gen III games.
This wasn’t a feature of RSE, but something else I’ve wanted to see again for a long time are walking Pokemon, first seen in Pokemon Yellow (Pikachu only) and Gen II remakes, SoulSilver and HeartGold. Little things that I appreciate, just throwing that out there. 🙂
All that aside, I do know that some people chose to hold out for Pokemon Z, and it’s likely the release date for that will be pushed back to 2015 now, so I wonder how those people feel about this.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are confirmed remakes of the originals, so Hoenn confirmed, indeed! After all the confusion and speculation of the game potentially not taking place in Hoenn, Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the games are full scale remakes.
“Following its reveal yesterday, there has been some question as to the actual content of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, as to whether they’re remakes or new versions due to the wording of the announcement. During the Investor Briefing today, Satoru Iwata confirmed that Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are full-remakes of the 2002 releases, Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire. We’ll bring more on these games as it comes.”
– via Serebii.net
Here’s a bit of a sneak peak at the game; Pokemon Get TV just revealed a bit of footage with Groudon and Kyogre in 3D.