Nintendo revealed today that two more Pokemon games are coming in 2014. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will arrive in November on the 3DS.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are enhanced remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. Those games originally launched on Game Boy Advance back in 2003. Ruby and Sapphire took players to the Hoenn region, an island located far from Kanto and Johto. The player becomes the region's Pokemon Champion and stops Team Magma/Aqua from using a weather control device.
Today's announcement from Nintendo is slim on details. However, it promises that the two games will "take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world." They may have ditched the whole weather machine plot, in other words.
Nintendo and developer Game Freak are really keen on Pokemon remakes with clumsy names. They released Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, enhanced versions of Blue and Red, back in 2004. Pokemon Platinum was a 2008 revamp of Diamond and Pearl. A year later they remade Pokemon Gold and Silver as HeartGold and SoulSilver.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be the second set of main series Pokemon games released exclusively for the 3DS. The first two, Pokemon X and Y, debuted last fall. Presumably Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will incorporate many of the same innovations as X and Y, such as fully 3D graphics and mega evolutions. Will we get another Pokemon to ride, too?
While Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are designed for the 3DS, they can be played on 2DS as well. The 2DS is a tablet-shaped handheld that can play all 3DS games. It comes with a lower price tag but doesn't support the stereoscopic 3D of the 3DS. Nintendo launched the 2DS on the same day as X and Y. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will launch on November 14th. Like X and Y, the game will be released worldwide simultaneously. The staggered launches of previous Pokemon games, where North America and Europe had to wait several months more than their Japanese counterparts, are gone for good it seems.