Despite being remakes of an existing pair of games, fans of the Pocket Monster series are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire later this November. While some of this anticipation originates from the fact that these games are yet another core entry in the series, a major part of the intrigue spawns from the fact that each game holds a lot of new and worthwhile content.
The reintroduction of secret bases into the series shows that old can be new again, while the addition of new Mega Evolutions (such as Mega Slowbro) demonstrates that Game Freak isn’t relying solely on the appeal of discarded features from the original Game Boy Advance titles.
There are, understandably, a large number of other features that’ll be present in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but instead of listing them all in a yawn-inducing bullet-point list, The Pokemon Company has released a new trailer in Japan that recaps quite a few of the games’ highlights.
Whether it’s reminding fans that they’ll be rewarded with a shiny Beldum for picking up the titles early or the fact that Pikachu can be decked out in cosplay, the new trailer doesn’t skimp on the content it previews. Granted, the entire video is narrated in Japanese, but fans still get a good look at the adventure that awaits them in the Hoenn region.
Trainers also get a good look at the revamped map and locales that’ll be present in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, although criticisms that the region is covered with an nearly obscene amount of water still appear to be valid. Fans want to re-experience the land warts and all, however, and developer Game Freak has ensured that they’ll be able to do just that.
Team Aqua and Team Magma (the antagonists featured in each version) also look a lot more villainous thanks to the upgraded technology that the 3DS has bestowed upon the developers. Whether it’s the grimace of Magma’s Maxie or the gritty exterior of Aqua’s Archie, both evildoers now look the part of villainous commanders.
Last, but not least, it must be said that it’ll be rather unfortunate if North American fans can’t score those Mega Groudon and Mega Kyogre figures that are being made available as pre-order bonuses in Japan. Suffice to say, there’s a spot for both of those on any Pokemon fans’ shelf.
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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will hit the Nintendo 3DS on November 21, 2014.
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