The time has finally come – Pokemon fans have long hoped for re-makes of the 2003 Game Boy Advance games Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire, and those very re-makes appear to be headed to the Nintendo 3DS this November.
There were plenty of hints about the Third Generation games being re-made throughout Pokemon X & Y, which launched last October.. The Gen-III re-makes are officially titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and you can see the box art for each game below:
Here’s the official press release from Nintendo:
May 7, 2014- The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced today that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire will launch worldwide in November 2014, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS. Pokémon fans will collect, battle, and trade Pokémon in a new adventure.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are a fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favorite hits on the Game Boy Advance system. The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.
Here is an official teaser trailer as well:
We will have more on this story as it develops; I wonder just how much of a “fresh take on Pokemon Ruby / Pokemon Sapphire” these new games will actually be.
Suffice it to say, we will probably see some of the finest visuals and updates to the Pokemon series to date, as well as re-balancing of new mechanics that were added in X & Y, such as the Fairy-Type and Mega Evolutions (the versions of Kyogre and Groudon on the covers of Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire look somewhat “Mega”, don’t they?).
Of course, for now, this is all just speculation – all we know are the official titles, the worldwide launch date, and the box art designs.