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More Pokemon! Nintendo Announces POKEMON OMEGA RUBY and ALPHA SAPPHIRE

This morning, Nintendo announced via press release that 2014 would see the release of a pair of new Pokémon titles for the 3DS.*

In November, the bling-fully titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are on the way, according to the publisher.

Both are effectively updates (Nintendo’s calling them a “fresh take”) of 2003’s Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, two pretty big-deal titles for the Game Boy Advance back in the day. The press release promises a new world to explore in both games, so expect the slow reveal of new (and modified) Pokémon in the coming months.

Those games were set in the Hoenn region which contains underwater areas for Pokémon champs to explore.

Nintendo has been mining Pokémon remakes on the regular: back in 2009, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver gave gamers a second look at the pair of 1999 Game Boy Color titles. Seriously, this isn’t even the first remake of Sapphire and Ruby – those games got a “Director’s Cut” back in 2004 with Pokémon Emerald on the GBA.

*Is Pokémon becoming Nintendo’s Madden? It’s not like the sales are flagging and remains the only game in town if you want to catch and battle monsters on your handheld. But is the series due for a shakeup at this point? Especially when we’re a couple of years into the life cycle of the flagging Wii U, which has a solid lineup of hardware, but could really use something disruptive like a connected Pokémon to bring gamers to the platform the way Monster Hunter did (kind of) for the PSP.



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  1. Hey everyone! I just found this amazing website where they have the recently leaked Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Roms + a working 3DS emulator. Check it out for yourself:

  2. Spencer S. says:

    I have played since the first games, I am 23, I have never wavered in my love of Pokemon, and this is easily my 2nd favorite gen. I am so excited. And the difference between Madden and Pokemon is that Pokemon is still fun

  3. Jen says:

    Would be funny to see a Pokemon/Madden crossover though.

  4. Chad says:

    All of the Pokemon remakes have a reason: they make catching them all easier.
    FireRed/LeafGreen and HeartGold/SoulSilver were made because the GBA and DS couldn’t link with the Game Boy. And now 3DS games can’t link to DS ones, and don’t have an Advance slot, so they’re remaking Ruby and Sapphire.
    It’s definitely an easy way to make money, but it’s also playing fair. And it’s not like they just re-release the same game on a new system; they add, change, and update a lot.

  5. will says:

    wheres emeralddddd

  6. SherbertFox says:

    I can’t wait! I’m pre ordering both of them as soon as the pre orders become available. 

  7. Boo says:

    As an old school Pokemon Red player, I’m starting to feel like the guys in this video.