Pokémon Omega Ruby (ポケットモンスター オメガルビー Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby) and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (ポケットモンスターアルファサファイア Pocket Monsters Alpha Sapphire) are the primary paired Generation VI games that are enhanced remakes of the third-generation titles Ruby and Sapphire. The new games were revealed in a worldwide announcement on the official Pokémon websites on May 7, 2014 and were released on November 21, 2014* in Japan, North America, South Korea, and Australia. It was released on November 28, 2014 in Europe.
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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is a remake that adds new life to many concepts from the original Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games. Several things are remodeled, as can be seen in the trailers.
Several Pokémon now have a Mega Evolved form. The most notable ones are the region's starters. Sceptile and Swampert are now capable of Mega Evolution, along with Blaziken (who has already recieved a Mega Evolution in X and Y). In addition to that, Sableye, Metagross, Salamence, Altaria, Lopunny, Slowbro, Audino, Camerupt, Sharpedo, Gallade, Rayquaza and Diancie can also Mega Evolve. Players can use Mega Bracelet to Mega Evolve Pokémon.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the first remakes to feature a 3D gameplay. The player can now move in all 8 directions. Some areas are also in 2D.
The starters are the same as they were in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Grass-type Treecko, fire-type Torchic, and water-type Mudkip. The player has to choose one of them at the start of his or her journey.
Secret bases make a return in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as Super Secret Bases. Everything from the previous Pokémon games’ Secret Bases returns. The player is able to share secret bases using Street Pass or QR Codes, and can also make people his or her "Secret Pals" if he or she visits another person's base.
Sky Encounters are a new type of encounter introduced for the first time in Pokémon. This encounter can be achieved while riding Mega Latios or Mega Latias in Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire respectively.
Changes from Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
- Mega Evolutions and Mega Stones are added to the remakes.
- Brendan and May have completely different attires; Brendan has an updated look and May has a bow instead of the bandanna she originally wore in the Generation III games.
- Team Magma and Team Aqua have been given new designs. Team Magma Admin Tabitha appears to be huskier than he appeared in the Generation III games and Courtney has purple hair instead of brown hair. The Team Aqua Admins have dark skin tones. Team Aqua Admin Shelly has black hair with accents of blue instead of red hair and Matt is more muscular than he originally appears in the Generation III games.
- Steven Stone has a Mega Metagross, while his plot has been expanded to include his search for the secrets of the Mega Stones.
- The Trainers and Hoenn Gym Leaders have the VS. artwork used for battling from X and Y, instead of using the VS. Sprites used for Gen IV and V.
- Courtney can fight against the player again since she was unable to be fought against in Emerald.
- Groudon and Kyogre have Primal Reversion forms.
- Completely new characters, such as Aarune, Lisia, and Zinnia appear in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Secret Bases have been completely upgraded, becoming Super Secret Bases in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Features include, sharing other player's bases, inviting other players as secret pals, capturing flags, and customizing the player's own Gym.
- The Hoenn Pokédex has been redesigned in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and the design appears to be similar to the original Game Boy Advance system.
- Five new special costumes for Pikachu are added to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. These costumes can be accessed through contests only. This Pikachu can acquire a special move when it is dressed, such as Flying Press for Pikachu Libre.
- Pokémon-Amie from X and Y is added to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Steven Stone is now the Champion again in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, unlike in Emerald, in which Wallace takes Steven's place as the Champion.
- The Hoenn Gym Leaders and other trainers boast new get-ups in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Horde Encounters from X and Y return in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Horde Encounters are also used in trainer battles, meaning trainers may sometimes battle in a 5 vs. 1 battle.
- Sky Encounters are introduced in the games.
- Mirage Spots are added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- Legendary Pokémon Regigigas, Heatran, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Palkia, Dialga, Giratina, Virizion, Terrakion, Cobalion, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, Raikou, Suicune, Entei, Tornadus, Thundurus, Landorus, and Cresselia are obtainable in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The Battle Resort and Battle Maison are added in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, while the Battle Tower and Battle Frontier have been removed.
- Deoxys is located in Sky Pillar after defeating it with Rayquaza. Ho-Oh and Lugia are located in the Sea Mauville instead of being located at Navel Rock.
- A special post-play quest called the Delta Episode was added to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The player can now fly to Routes using Fly and the Eon Flute, which summons LatiosOR or LatiasAS and can mega-evolve them in flight.
- Some trainers that can be rebattled, seen on Trainer Eyes, have Pokémon from other regions, i.e. Chandelure, Jellicent, Haxorus, etc.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the first of their kind to have a demo. This demo contains a mini-story of its own where the player, named Orlando, is in Mossdeep City and visits Mirage Spots with Steven Stone.
- According to the press release that announced the games, the new titles will take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world.
- According to Nintendo-Insider, Shingeki Morimoto states Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will bring another change to battling in the Pokémon World.
- Corocoro June issue revealed the new information about the remakes. Swampert, Sceptile, Diancie and Sableye are given a Mega Evolution. Kyogre and Groudon have ability to devolve into their new Primal Forms. Steven Stone seeks the secret of Mega Evolution. On the 10th of June, CoroCoro leaks were confirmed by Pokémon officially through a trailer.
- Corocoro July issue leaks showed off Mega Metagross, which can be taken as confirmation of Steven being the champion, redesigns for Gym Leaders and Elite Four, redesigned Pokédex, the return of Pokémon Contests, and the return on Pokémon-Amie. On the 14th of July, July CoroCoro leaks were confirmed by Pokémon officially through a second trailer.
- Corococo August issue leaks showed Mega Altaria, Mega Lopunny, and Mega Salamence. It discussed Pikachu receiving unique moves for putting on certain contest costumes. The new in-game character Lisia was revealed to be a Contest Idol and will give you clothes that you can wear for Pokémon Contests. Players can get a shiny Beldum with its Mega Stone via an event upon the game's release. On the 10th of August, Everything in the August CoroCoro leaks were confirmed by Pokémon officially through a third trailer except for more information about Lisia.
- September CoroCoro leaked on 10th of the month and revealed Mega Sharpedo, Mega Gallade and Mega Camerupt. A September Trailer showed all the previous leaked Mega Evolutions, underwater battles, and Rayquaza. Mega Rayquaza was unveiled via trailer on October 2nd.
- November CoroCoro unveiled even more Mega Pokémon such as Pidgeot, Beedrill, Latias and Latios. In addition to that, Eon Ticket also makes a return.
- On October 25th, the Pokémon Get TV showed off Exclusive Legendary Pokémon for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Yveltal, Primal Groudon, Reshiram, Ho-Oh, and Dialga are exclusive to Omega Ruby and Xerneas, Primal Kyogre, Zekrom, Palkia, and Lugia are exclusive to Alpha Sapphire.
- On October 26th Nintendo unveiled a bundle that contains both Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It also has codes for 200 potions in both games so you can keep your Pokémon's health high.
|Version||Release Dates||Size (blocks)||Fixes|
|1.1||November 25th 2014||271||Various Bug Fixes|
|1.2||December 3rd 2014||271|| A glitch that may cause the game to freeze when entering the Hall of Fame|
Various Bug Fixes
|1.3||April 2nd 2015||271||Various Bug Fixes|
|1.4||April 23rd 2015||271||Various Bug Fixes|
- Main article: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
This is an in-depth walkthrough of the games and has steps to finish the game and the Delta Episode.
- These are the first remakes in the series to feature 3D graphics.
- These are the first games and remakes to have introduced new Mega Evolutions after its introduction in a previous game.
- These are the only remakes to not come with a peripheral device. FireRed and LeafGreen came with the GBA Wireless Adapter, HeartGold and SoulSilver came with the Pokéwalker, and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! was released alongside the Poké Ball Plus, which can optionally be purchased bundled with the games.
- These are the first games since the introduction of the Trainer Customization where it isn't included.
- These are the first games since HeartGold and SoulSilver to have Pokémon Centers and Pokémarts separate from each other.
- These are the first games since HeartGold and SoulSilver where Elite Four battles must be battled in a sequence.
- These are the first games since Platinum to have Pokémon Contests.
- These are the first games within the franchise to show a new type of Pokémon Evolution: Primal Reversion.
- These are the first games to allow Pokémon to be caught in the sky.
- These are the first games to be released as a single game (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire separately) and bundled together (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire together in one case) on a Nintendo handheld. In 2003, Nintendo released a similar bundle containing Ruby and Sapphire for the Nintendo Gamecube.
- These are the first remakes not to receive all-round updated artwork of Pokémon- the only Pokémon from the original games to receive new artwork is Rayquaza.
- These are the first games, not including those from Generations I-II, in which the National Pokédex can be acquired before entering the Hall of Fame or defeating the Elite Four and Champion for the first time.
- These games mark the last appearance of the National Pokédex in a main series game. Starting in Generation VII, the National Pokédex is instead found in Pokémon Bank and Pokémon HOME and is unavalible in Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, and Pokemon Sword and Shield.
- These are the first and currently only games where the player character can be seen walking around in socks, though it's restricted to Petalburg City Gym (a dojo-styled building) and certain houses. Ironically, while Pokémon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor expansion will feature an actual dojo, the player character keeps their shoes on in it.