‘Pokemon Ruby’ & ‘Sapphire’ Remakes Hinted at in ‘X’ & ‘Y’?

Oct 16, 2013 by  

Pokemon Ruby Sapphire 3DS Remakes

At long last Pokemon X and Y have landed on the Nintendo 3DS, and some fans have likely been going crazy in an effort to catch all 718 monsters in the new pair of games. There’s plenty of major upgrades to the titles (read Game Rant‘s review for more information pertaining to those upgrades) and players should be more than content with them for quite some time. While venturing through the new versions, however, gamers have discovered multiple pieces of dialogue that appear to be hinting at potential Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire remakes at some point down the road.

Spotted in large by a Twitter account known as Operation Hoenn, the fan-run handle has been tweeting evidence taken from Pokemon X and Y supporting hopes that Game Freak will remake the Game Boy Advance classics. It turns out that a number of characters from the games talk about Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire‘s Hoenn region, and off-handedly mention a few of the recognizable landmarks that can be found throughout.

Much of the dialogue could just be taken as a nostalgic bonus for those familiar with the series and corresponding games, but there’s one conversation in particular that seems to hint strongly that the games are en route to the Nintendo 3DS. When speaking with a traveler who’s checked into one of the many hotels featured throughout X and Y‘s Kalos region, the weary traveler informs players that the area isn’t nearly as nice as his home region – before teasing that users “will see it in due time.”

Provided that he is indeed referring to the Hoenn region, the facility that the man is likely talking about would be none other than the Battle Frontier. Those familiar with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire will recall that the Battle Frontier is unlocked after players are crowned Pokemon League Champion, allowing them to continue battling stronger opponents long after the need to defeat the Elite Four has been put to rest.

Fans began clamouring for remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire shortly after the arrival of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. Given that the originals accumulatively sold more games than any other title on Game Boy Advance, there’s very little reason for The Pokemon Company not to begin working on the games. At this point, remakes of the games appear to be more of an inevitability than anything else, although, whether or not they’ll tie into the confirmed design changes of franchise mascot Pikachu remains to be seen.

Do you think the dialogue is strong enough evidence to suggest that Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes are on the way? Would you buy the games if they are released?


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Source: @OperationHoenn (via Kotaku)


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  1. yes!! cant wait for the remakes

  2. DUH!!!! Who wouldn’t? everything about that game was amazing.

    • Ikr, they were like drugs, just not as bad but more addicting. (Damn was i addicted)

      • I had the same problem. it was like second grade and my parents confiscated it for a couple years :P

  3. Makes sense…a lot of the Megas are Gen 3, which could be a hint too I guess

  4. remake it in 3d, like x and y and i’ll be fine, but tack on 3d for the sake of making money and i’ll rage ’til the end of time :P played the s*** out of ruby when i was younger, so awseom :)

  5. Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen (GBA) = Pokemon Red/Blue (GB)
    Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver (DS) = Pokemon Gold/Silver (GBC)
    Pokemon AlphaRuby/OmegaSapphire (3DS) = Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire (GBA)

  6. This my though, remake ruby and sapphire and then actually have the player go into space. I mean that is where series is heading.

  7. Sorry, but the guy in those pictures states later on that he is not referring to any of the previous regions, it’s on Serebii.

  8. Ruby/Sapphire didn’t have battle frontier. They had the Battle Tower. Frontier was introduced in Emerald. Lol. Ofc if there would be remakes then frontier would definitely be included (maybe even revamped!).

  9. It would make sense. I mean, the Gen II remake was released shortly after the fourth gen. Doubles, you know? So that could mean the gen III remake will happen after gen VI but before gen VII.

  10. lets hope this is real!

    • I personally hope for Emerald, it had my favorite battle frontier, and it brings back memories!! The look on my friends face when he predicted my set pokemon to be swampert (he had sceptile) only to face Charizard!!! Few friends of mine and me we had battled all the time, we had rule that we can only use pokemkn level 50, fun times…

  11. I love the idea!!

    Question am I the only one that wishes they made Pokemon DLCs and sold them in 3ds store, I would love to be able to download diffident regions.. They could do downloads for original games or create new smaller regions with 5 badges and sell it as add on for Pokemon x and y…

    I hope they will make Emerald remake, it was among my favorites:
    1. Red/fire red
    2. Emerald
    3. Platinum

  12. That is wrong. The hiker goes on to say specifically that it is not Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, or Unova.

  13. Ruby is my favorite out of them all the pokemon games, but I think they remade theses two they would slaughter it! Nintendo and GF should just realse them in the eshop!

  14. Also in hotel richissime an old couple says 40th anniversery is the ruby and the 45th is the sapphire

  15. in the champion batlle a bit of the music is also the same ass the campion music in ruby and sapphire (stefan).

  16. Sooooo… what about when you are talking to him he says a list of regions it “isn’t” and Hoenn.

    • If they do a remake of Ruby/Sapphire, I hope they bring back secret bases those were awesome.

  17. Nintendo e shop should just add all the gameboy Pokemon in case they dont have time for remake and if they do add a mega to these legendary pokemon

    all so i think if there is a remake they should make it compatible with pokemon bank!!!

    • It would be as any remake would potentially use the XY engine. No-one would buy Ruby/Sapphire remake if it wasn’t using the XY engine, Nintendo has kinda painted themselves into a corner with this.

  18. There’s also a very small piece of dialogue. An old man on 2F of the Hotel Richissime comments on wedding anniversaries stating: “The 40th wedding anniversary is the ruby anniversary, and the 45th is sapphire.” Now most people only bother with Silver, Gold & Diamond, so this might be a hint at possible remakes of Ruby & Sapphire.

  19. I would totally buy remakes of the Hoenn games

    I will always love the originals, but Hoenn is definitely my second favorite region so far. Johto was a fine region but even with the remakes there was something about it that just couldn’t quite capture my love of the game like Kanto did and I cant even remember the name of the fourth gen region or even played the fifth and sixth gen games (mostly because I wanna buy a 3DS first) but Hoenn definitely recaptured my love of the games and I still often start my Nuzlocke challenges on Emerald when I’m feeling nostalgic.

    I find it insulting that they havent remade Hoenn yet but they already released “sequels” for Black and White, which was unnecessary.

    So bring on the Hoenn Remakes already damn it!

  20. Omg i cant wait! Latias is my favorite pokemon of all time, so I am SO READY to play ruby once again!

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