Another year brings with it another installment in the beloved Pokemon franchise for the Nintendo 3DS. After the core series made its anticipated debut on the portable in 2013 with Pokemon X and Y, fans were delighted to learn that (after much demand) remakes of the Game Boy Advance classics Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire would be arriving on the 3D-enabled handheld.
After being rebranded as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire, gamers immediately began anticipating the games’ arrival later this November. The only drawback that consumers have encountered during the series’ long and illustrious history, however, is that they’ve been unable to capture all of the Pocket Monsters without owning both versions.
Admittedly, this tactic is a strong business strategy for Nintendo – leading to each core entry selling millions of copies as a result – so the company has announced plans to release a “Dual Pack” that includes both games. This special bundle marks the first time in the series that both titles can be purchased in a bundle, and the house of Mario is marketing the product with an incentive for anyone that planned on buying both games anyway.
Set to arrive at a suggested retail price of $79.98 USD, the added value of this bundle doesn’t come in the form of additional savings – which is disappointing for dedicated Pokemon Masters that plan on investing in both iterations. Instead, those that pickup Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in the newly announced Dual Pack will receive a pair of download codes that will award players 100 in-game potions apiece.
This exclusive offer may not be as enticing as the currently scheduled Shiny Beldum that’ll be made available the month following the titles’ launch, but it is still a fun incentive for those that will be picking up both games.
The Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Dual Pack is only being made available through Best Buy and Amazon, so it’s an appropriate choice for gamers that haven’t already pre-ordered both games. While the potions don’t have the same appeal as something like a Shiny Gengar, dedicated trainers will see their worth in the early goings as they train to become the very best – like no one ever was.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire arrive exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS on November 21, 2014.
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