It's that time of year that a new Pokemon game is about to grace our handheld consoles, and the 3DS is about to receive it's second Pokemon game with Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.
As has been the trend of trading off new generations for remakes of the old ones, this year, 3DS gamers are able to head back to the Hoenn region to re-explore the high volcanic peak of Mt. Chimney and the depth of the sea around Sootopolis. This remake of Pokemon ORAS features all of the additional updates that Kalos in Pokemon X and Y received.
It wouldn't be a Pokemon game if you didn't get to explore the region and collect as many Pokemon as possible (without going over the 6 Pokemon carry limit of course), but this time, in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you will be able to have all 719 pokemon to play with either by catching them, trading them or even transferring them from Pokemon X and Y or your Pokemon Bank.
Not only will you be able to gain access to pokemon from newer generations, we will experience the addition of a whole slew of new mega evolutions in addition to those already present in X and Y. New Megas include: Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert (to join mega Blaziken), and also more randome Pokemon like Mega Slowbro, Mega Salamence and even Mega Metagross. The most special of these new mega Pokemon is Mega DIancie, the first mega legendary Pokemon.
Since the first Pokemon Blue and Red versions, you were able to connect and battle with your friends. Pokemon ORAS features, not just battling, but lots of other additions to multiplayer to keep you and your friends occupied.
Like in Pokemon X and Y, you will be able to battle with a friend in person or even over the internet in matches. For those who played the original Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire for the Gameboy Advanced, they might be pleased to hear that two new features are returning that can be participated in with friends. Pokemon Contests make their stunning return, allowing for you to challenge a friend to show off your Pokemon's special talents in a contest. In these contests, factors like how your moves look or whether you've repeated a move, are taken into account as judges rate you on your pokemon. A new addition even allows mega evolutions to participate in showing off just how well you've groomed your pokemon.
The secret bases are also back (renamed as Super Secret Bases). You can create these bases around Hoenn (inside trees or caves) and outfit them with decorations worthy of a Pokemon master! By using QR codes or by streetpassing other players, you can even share your base with friends and invite them to see how you've decorated. One of the coolest new features of these bases is that you can set specific battle rules and set them up as your own personal Gym with you as the Gym Leader! Do you think you could do a better job than Lance or Flannery?
By far, one of the biggest changes to the world of Hoenn is how much better the world looks with the new generation graphics! Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire has been given the full 3DS treatment.
This includes a full 3D world for you to explore, along with battle sequences with dynamic camera angles which show off all angles of the battle - not just your pokemon but your opponents as well. Your character will be able to have a customized look allowing the player to personalize their avatar's hat, shirt and pants giving each player their own identity.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be released on the 21rd of November in North America and the 28th of November in Europe. People who get the game in the first week will also be able to download a special shiny Beldum with a mega stone allowing it to evolve into Mega Metagross.