Yesterday, Nintendo surprised us all by announcing Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, remakes of the classic Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire games, which were released for the Game Boy Advance back in 2003. These games have been speculated by fans for years, to the point that after Pokémon X and Y came out, the “Hoenn Confirmed” meme had been flooding the internet. However, I thought they were just trolling for its own sake, and I never thought that Nintendo would actually make these games, let alone reveal them six months before their intended release.
These games are the next (and hopefully the last) in the line of remakes of older Pokémon games, which started in 2004 with Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and continued with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in 2010. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are my favourite Pokémon games, and I used to play Pokémon Ruby (my favourite game ever) all the time when I was a kid, so I’m personally hoping that they don’t fuck it up. If they do, then they’re basically spitting all over my childhood.
Because the games have just been announced, there’s not much we know about them, other then how long we have to wait to finally play them. The games are set to be released worldwide this November, but on an unconfirmed date. Is Nintendo planning to release it during the Christmas shopping season? Are they planning to release it on Black Friday?
They also promise to take players through a “dramatic new world”, possibly implying that it might not be set in Hoenn. This could be a good thing if it means a fresher experience, but I do hope that they don’t risk missing the point of remaking Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. If it doesn’t turn out to be a complete remake, maybe it’s because the developers know that you can’t exactly remake a game that was already perfect.
Over the next six months, I’ll be keeping a close eye on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (dibs on Omega Ruby), especially since Nintendo will start to press their marketing campaign when the summer is nearly over. I can only hope that it’ll be great, or at least better than Pokémon X and Y.