You’ve probably heard by now that a new pair of Pokémon games are headed for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the long-desired Ruby and Sapphire remakes, and if you missed the announcement, here it is.
What do we know so far?
Currently, we know that it’s a ‘full remake’ of Ruby and Sapphire, as stated by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Plus, as the trailer states, we’ll get to see a “dramatic new world”, which implies there will be new content. And from the box art, the games can feature what I can only assume are new forms of Groudon and Kyogre. Plus, we know the games will launch worldwide in November this year, which is only 6 months away.
Firstly, since it’s been stated these are definitely remakes, these games will take place in Hoenn. However, the “dramatic new world” mentioned suggests otherwise. Most likely, there will be a new area to explore in addition to Hoenn as we know it, which may or may not be post-game content. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that this happened, as LeafGreen and FireRed included the Sevii Islands as part of the storyline. The two legendaries on the box art look stunning, and appear to be new forms of the respective Pokémon. These may be Mega Evolutions, or perhaps a different form – I wouldn’t put it past Game Freak to introduce Alpha Pokémon or something ridiculous like that.
What I want to see
Full 3D battle scenes and polygonal Pokémon models, first introduced in Pokémon X and Y, are probably going to be in these new games, which I’d much prefer to sprite-based combat, which was the standard back in the originals. Also, the Battle Frontier from Pokémon Emerald was much better than Ruby and Sapphire’s Battle Tower, so it’ be fantastic if it were included in the remakes. The new games will almost certainly have similar online capabilities as X and Y, but it’d be cool for some other features introduced in Ruby and Sapphire, such as Pokémon contests, berry blending, secret bases and the Battle Tower (or Frontier), benefit from these increased connectivity features. I’d like to see a lot of post-game content in these games, as some Pokémon games lack in this department. With E3 approaching soon, it’s inevitable that we’ll find out more concrete info regarding the new games, but for now it’s fun to play the guessing game. If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, leave a comment below.