Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
|Pokémon Omega Ruby
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
The cover art for Alpha Sapphire featuring the legendary Pokémon Kyogre in its new Primal Kyogre state. Omega Ruby 's cover art features Primal Groudon.
|Publisher(s)||The Pokémon Company|
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ポケットモンスター オメガルビー&アルファサファイア Poketto Monsutā Omega Rubī & Arufa Safaia?) are two 2014 role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. They are part of the sixth generation of the Pokémon series, serving as enhanced remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance titles Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. The games were announced on May 7, 2014, in a teaser trailer released by Nintendo. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released in Japan, North America, and Australia on November 21, 2014, exactly twelve years after the release date of the original Ruby and Sapphire; the European and Indian release was one week later on November 28, 2014.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are role-playing video games with adventure elements, presented in a third-person, overhead perspective. It is the third Pokémon game to have 3D functions. The player controls a young trainer who goes on a quest to catch and train creatures known as Pokémon, and win battles against other trainers. By defeating enemy Pokémon in turn-based battles, the player's Pokémon gains experience, allowing them to level up and increase their battle statistics, learn new battle techniques, and in some cases, evolve into more powerful Pokémon. Alternatively, players can capture wild Pokémon, found during random encounters, by weakening them in battle and catching them with Poké Balls, allowing them to be added to their party. Players are also able to battle and trade Pokémon with other players using the Nintendo 3DS's connectivity features. Like in previous games in the series, certain Pokémon are only obtainable in either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, or can only be found in prior editions in the Pokémon series, with players encouraged to trade with others in order to obtain all Pokémon from both versions.
Setting and plot
The setting and plot of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are mostly the same as the original Ruby and Sapphire games. The game begins as the player is seen riding in a moving truck. The player character starts by moving to the Hoenn Region with his/her mother, as their father Norman has been hired as a Gym Leader for the region. The player character begins their Pokémon Trainer journey by saving Professor Birch from a wild Pokémon, choosing either Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip as their first partner Pokémon. They then travel around the Hoenn Region to complete their Pokédex and battle the eight Gym Leaders of the Hoenn Pokémon League. Along the way, the player character encounters the antagonist group Team Magma in Omega Ruby or Team Aqua in Alpha Sapphire who wish to use the power of the Legendary Pokémon, Primal Kyogre in Alpha Sapphire and Primal Groudon in Omega Ruby, to change the world to suit their desires. Team Magma wants to use Groudon to dry up the oceans to make the world a haven for terrestrial Pokémon while Team Aqua wishes to summon Kyogre to flood the lands to suit Water Pokémon. With the help of Steven Stone and the Gym Leader Wallace, the player character defeats Team Magma or Team Aqua and then captures the Legendary Pokémon to prevent a global drought/flooding, and thus ensuring the teams' mutual reformation. The player then advances on to the Pokémon League, challenging the Elite Four and then the champion Steven to become the new Hoenn Pokémon League Champion. The player also has the option of participating in the various Pokémon Contests throughout Hoenn, using their Pokémon to put on a performance for an audience and judges.
A new side quest featured in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is called the Delta Episode. The player character must work with the new character Zinnia, Steven, and Professor Cozmo to find a way to stop a meteor from crashing into the planet, which requires capturing the Legendary Pokémon, Rayquaza, in order to stop the meteor which contains the Legendary Pokémon Deoxys.
Speculation about remakes of Ruby and Sapphire had been going on for years, most notably references to the games and their region, Hoenn, in the 2013 predecessors Pokémon X and Y. In fact, "Hoenn Confirmed" became an internet meme that accompanied speculation.
Nintendo announced the remakes in a press release on May 7, 2014. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released in Japan, the Americas, and Oceania on November 21, followed by Europe on November 28, 2014. As with X and Y, the games include all official translations, unlike previous generations where each game contained only a single language. The only detailed information given before released was that the games would "take the players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world". Following the announcement, it was initially unclear if Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were remakes of Ruby and Sapphire or entirely new games, due to the wording of the press release. In a financial results briefing that occurred a day after the reveal, the president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, confirmed that the new games would be full remakes of their 2002 counterparts.
During Nintendo's live Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 video on June 10, 2014, (and later produced in print in Japan's CoroCoro Comic) a trailer for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire displayed new gameplay footage, including the new playable character designs and new Mega Evolutions for Sceptile and Swampert that were not featured in X and Y as Blaziken was. A press release from Nintendo hinted that other Mega Stones (in-game items required for Mega Evolution) could only be found in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire 's setting of Hoenn. The press release and official websites for the video games also announced that the new forms of Groudon and Kyogre featured on the games' box art were their Primal (ゲンシ Genshi) forms, accessed through a method known as "Primal Reversion" (ゲンシカイキ Genshi Kaiki), which in the games' story is theorized to be related to Mega Evolution.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have received positive reviews from video game critics. GameSpot's Peter Brown praised the 3D visuals and the super training mechanic, but believed the game failed to fully resolve general issues in the game formula. IGN's Kallie Plagge also praised the game's 3D reinvention of Hoenn and online functionality. Plagge was critical of the over-abundance of HMs needed to play the game as well as the perceived imbalance favoring Water-type Pokémon (she played Alpha Sapphire which features Team Aqua as the villains) and the reliance on water-based routes. She remarked that while the Dive feature was novel in the original release, it had since become tedious.
The games sold 3,040,000 copies in their first three days of sale. Of the total sales, 1,534,593 copies were sold in Japan, the rest were sold in North America and Australia. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had the biggest launch in the series history in the United Kingdom, beating the previous record held by Pokémon Black and White. At the end of 2014 the games have sold 2.4 million copies in Japan. As of March 31, 2015, the games have sold 9.94 million copies worldwide.
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