Beyond all the enthusiasm, there’s a generally good question revolving around the Pokémon remakes of Sapphire and Ruby. Why replay the game? The only thing that’s different, are the visuals right? And this was quite possibly true. For a short while. But according to the latest rumours, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby won’t be your standard remake. They’ll be throwing a ton of new content back into the series as well, with Mega Evolutions being the tip of the ice-type berg apparently.
Update: Check out Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie, via NeoGAF:
Over on Reddit, there’s a massive list of spoilery material and whatnot. As usual, take all of this with a pinch of salt-type thrown over your shoulder:
- Mega Lunatone and Solrock with feature in the demo, and you receive one Megastone depending on the demo you get
- Mega Flygon and Jirachi are programmed in
- Mega Milotic is a high-chance, with Water/Fairy and increased SpDef
- Shiftry, Ludicolo, Butterfree, Zangoose, Seviper, some more gen 5, Raticate, Torkoal, Slaking, Exploud, Tropius, Azumarill, Ninetales and Mightyena were all talked about as possible Megas sometime during development and may be in
- Items (including Lunatone/Solrock megastone) will transfer to ORAS from Demo
- Johto starters back, but some people say they have megas and some don’t
- Character customization back in Pokecentres. Pokecentre in CoroCoro was the Elite Four one possibly.
- Skintone back
- More diverse encounters, so more like XY variety
- Battle Frontier possibly back
- Groudon/Kyogre still version exclusive atm
- Contests revamped and very “beautiful”
- Contests staying a secret, apparently will be very surprising and amazing
- Canada will get demos
- Pentagon currently stands for all Gen 6 Pokemon now, not just Kalos born
- MOVE TUTORS BACK
- A lot more post-game
- Gym Leaders will get roster changes from their RSE counterparts
- No new double megas like Mewtwo/Charizard at this stage
Mega Evolutions are pretty much a core staple of the game now, but it feels like everybody is getting boosted over 9000. Still, there’s plenty of other great info there. Pokémon diversity, and the fact that the demo actually has content that transfers over to the core game sound like winners in my book.
Hell, I was on the fence about taking part in the demo myself, and was ready to give my code away on Twitter. Now, I’m clutching it tight against my chest, because dammit that Mega Solrock shall be mine oh yes. It shall be mine. Game is out in November. If you want to trade, c’mon on over to my place and ignore the massive pit in my living room that is filled with empty lotion bottles.
Last Updated: October 14, 2014