After years of insisting that the popular third-generation Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire would not be remade (in the same vein as Fire Red / Leaf Green and Heart Gold / Soul Silver), Nintendo has finally announced restyled versions of the games. Titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the games are scheduled for release for the Nintendo 3DS in November 2014. Needless to say the Internet has erupted in waves of overflowing Poké-joy as many gamers have been clamouring for these remakes since the Heart Gold / Soul Silver releases in 2010.
Personally, Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald were not my favourite games in the Pokémon series. I tend to judge Pokémon games by the legendaries they introduce and Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza never quite got my Pokéballs tingling. That being said I do appear to be one of a small minority in this regard as hundreds of Poké-memes have sprung up as fans have taken to the Internet to express their excitement regarding the upcoming games. Some of my personal favourites are:
Nintendo has released very few details regarding the games (although I suppose they are generally quite self-explanatory being remakes). You can see the short clip of “gameplay” footage they have released, as well as the official announcement, below:
“Announcing Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems! Prepare for an epic adventure exploring a world filled with Pokémon!
Pokémon fans first enjoyed Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version when it launched in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. Now, a whole new generation of Pokémon fans will experience the dramatic storyline that unfolds in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.”