Nintendo Remakes a Classic Game With New Features
By Matthew McKenna
Pokemon fans franchise were overjoyed to hear that one of the franchise’s best games was getting a full makeover for the 3DS and 2DS. And now it’s finally here.
Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire gets redone just as Pokemon Silver and Gold did in 2010, this time being called Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The game is accompanied by new graphics, gameplay, and even more mega evolutions.
The plot follows the original games with a few additions such as new characters.
The journey begins with the choice between a boy or girl, making your name, and moving to a new home in the Hoenn region. You get to choose your starter Pokemon when you need to save a human under attack from a wild pokemon. You are given three options: Treeko the grass type, Torchic the fire type, or Mudkip the water type.
As you make your way through the game you train, evolve, discover and catch new Pokemon along your journey to collect the eight gym badges across the Hoenn region and defeat the Pokemon League. You also have to stop an evil plot from a mischievous organization.
For Omega Ruby, you fight Team Magma and have to stop them from creating more land with the help of Primal Groudon, Groudon’s mega evolution. Alpha Sapphire pit you against Team Aqua and you have to stop them from flooding all of Hoenn and the world with the help of Primal Kyogre, Kyogre’s mega evolution.
After defeating the Elite Four and the Champion of Hoenn, you are given a new journey that requires the help of the legendary pokemon, Rayquaza, in order to save the world.
After defeating the main plot, you can continue your journey and catch more pokemon from the other regions or use PokeBank to transfer pokemon from any previous games. You can collect all of the mega evolution stones for all of the pokemon that have mega evolutions from Pokemon X & Y, including some new ones such as Salamence, the starter pokemon, and many more. You can also still play against the Elite Four and Champion as many times as you want to level up your pokemon.
With every game, there are pros and cons. The pros for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are that the plot is the same as the original, there are plenty of new mega evolutions, exciting graphic innovations, and improved gameplay. One new feature is using an item known as the Eon Flute, that calls forth Latios or Latias in which you are able to fly on their back and choose where you wish to go.
The main con is the excessive need for hidden moves such as Surf, Rock Smash, Strength, and others, just to get from point A to point B and having to deal with the big bodies of water, which can be painstakingly long and annoying obstacles.
Overall, gamers that are new to Pokemon and fans of the franchise will enjoy these games. There is also a remake for Pokemon Emerald on the way, so try to savor this while you can. This gamer gives Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 9 out of 10 Pokedexes.