Autumn has always been my favorite season. Kids go back to school, weather is perfect, leaves start to change, it's holiday time ... and it's Pokemon season!!
Last year, Pokemon X/Y gave us a new region to explore, mega evolutions, updated game mechanics, and of course, new Pokemon (my fave, Talonflame <3)! It was also the first core Pokemon game to be in 3D. This fall Gamefreak is continuing the tradition of re-releasing the OG versions of Pokemon with Omega Ruby and Ultra Sapphire.
There's enough new content for the old timers.
With a late November launch, there will be a time and place for Nintendo and The Pokemon Company to host a Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire blowout. For now, details are scarce, but we already know that new Pokemon will receive powerful Mega Evolutions (these first appeared in Pokemon X and Y), joining the likes of Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise. For now, Nintendo officially confirmed Mega Evolutions for Sceptile, Swampert, Sableye and Diancie.
In addition, Game Freak will unleash the all-new Primal Reversion, extreme transformations that affect Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon, which adorn the covers of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, respectively.
That sweet Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire graphical upgrade
Look for a huge visual jump as Nintendo transitions to the Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby remakes. Keep in mind that the original games are in 2D, whereas the new games will be in full 3D, similar to Pokemon X and Y. In a way, it makes these games somewhat new for longtime fans, since they've never experienced the content-rich Hoenn region (its many islands and very active volcano) in the third dimension.
This is what Ruby and Sapphire look like on Game Boy Advance.
Now compare it to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for 3DS.
It's a huge jump in graphics, and a rarity to see a 2D game receive this kind of treatment, where instead of worrying about preserving the original games' legacy, Nintendo chose to aggressively update the formula, and that's not all. We also expect a full suite of online, StreetPass and SpotPass features that'll make these the most connected Pokemon titles in history. Of course, you can expect even more Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire news leading up to release.
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