Keeping on track with their near-yearly Pokémon releases, Nintendo and Game Freak revealed today that remakes of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire were coming to the Nintendo 3DS family in November of this year. We were provided with a 32-second reveal trailer entailing non-final box art and a few choice words that got thousands of people worldwide pumped for the second coming of the Generation III games. However, as is Nintendo’s style, there’s more to be gleaned from what was given.
If you watch the trailer again, exploring outside of the ubiquitous “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” tagline, we’re offered the line of “An Epic New Adventure Is Coming!” What could this mean? Several of us previously played Ruby and Sapphire on the GameBoy Advance, so either they’re trying to advertise these old games as “new” games outside of being remakes, or (and this is more likely) we’re going to see expanded Hoenn region.
Remember when Gold and Silver came out and you could not only explore Johto, but also return to Kanto and collect another set of eight badges? What if we’re looking at something similar with Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby? For all intents and purposes, the Sinnoh region is outdated, and currently hailed as the weakest of the mainline Pokémon franchise, so what if there’s a retcon that somehow includes Sinnoh in this Hoenn adventure? A stretch, surely, but plausible nonetheless.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, however, the box art reveals the most important feature of our mascots. Mega Evolutions! Kyogre and Groudon have a fairly different aesthetic on their 3DS representations versus their original palettes. Presented below for a side-by-side comparison.
On the left, we have the Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby Groudon and Kyogre (more aptly, Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre). With the introduction of Mega Evolutions in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and no new Pokémon receiving this hidden power, it only seems apt to provide it to two of the most recognized legendaries in the franchise. In fact, even Latias and Latios are reportedly receiving Mega Evolutions, so it only seems appropriate to don new visages for the Ruby and Sapphire mascots.
Lastly, the short trailer advertises that you will “explore a dramatic new world.” With that in mind, and the advancement of writing in the series of games, it’s safe to say that we’re going to see a remastered version of the struggle against Team Magma or Team Aqua. Pokémon Black and Pokémon White brought a heavy-handed idealistic dream with N and Team Plasma, introducing a rather dark outlook to the world of Pokémon. X and Y continued the trend with the world-destroying goal of Team Flare.
Whatever the case is, we’re likely to see a slew of new and updated content to coincide with the latest revelations in the series.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby will be out worldwide in November 2014.
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