Proving once again that the series is a license to print money, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sold over 1.5 million copies in the three days since the November 21 launch in Japan. This puts it at the fourth most successful title for the 3DS in Japan, behind Pokemon X/Y, Monster Hunter 4, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
Nintendo could not be reached for comment, though area residents report the gold-plated pyramid they’re building with the money is coming along nicely.
Nintendo has detailed a new story for Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, titled the Delta Episode, which “reveals the history of the Hoenn region and thrusts Trainers into a quest to save the world.” The plot involves a giant asteroid headed for the planet, stopping Teams Magma and Aqua from attacking the Mossdeep Space Center, a space battle between Rayquaza and Deoxys, and surely other shenanigans as well.
Other information was paired with the announcement:
- Eon Tickets, which grant access to the Southern Island and certain Legendary Pokemon, are distributed by the menu’s Mystery Gift function, and can be shared with other players once redeemed in the game.
- Legendary Pokemon from previous games can be found at special Mirage spots around Hoenn.
- Glalie, if obtained in the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby demo verison, can be transferred to the full game. Likewise for X/Y‘s Diancie.
Nintendo announced that a dual pack containing both Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available through Amazon and Best Buy on November 21. Price is set at $79 (the titles are $39 individually), and included with the dual pack are a pair of download codes for 100 in-game potions each.
The Pokemon Company interrupts this program to apologize for this interruption. Also, they announced a new Pokemon project is in development, to be formally announced next week on August 26; a livestream of the announcement will be available via Niconico. Naturally, no further details were given at this time.
The Pokemon Company has released more details about the upcoming Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Players can earn a Shiny Beldum containing a Metagrossite Mega Stone by purchasing the game at launch. The Shiny Beldum evolves into Shiny Metang, and eventually a Shiny Metagross; players can also use a Mega Stone to push it further along the line into a Shiny Mega Metagross form.
Other Mega Evolutions have been confirmed, including Mega Altaria (gains Pixilate, plus Attack and Special attack boosts), Mega Salamence (major Defense boost, gains Aerilate ability), and Mega Lopunny (gets the Scrappy ability, plus a large Attack and Speed increase). Horde Encounters from Pokemon X and Y have returned, and can include groups of up to five enemy trainers in addition to wild Pokemon.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launches on November 21 this year.
Nintendo has revealed a few more tidbits about Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, starting with a new Mega-Evolved Pokemon: Mega Metagross. Partnered with the current Pokemon League Champion, Steven, Mega Metagross is a massive Steel/Psychic-type, and possesses the Tough Claws ability (which increases attack power for physical attacks that land). Offensive and defensive stats also gain a significant boost from the Mega Evolution.
More details about the starting Hoenn region were also released. Players begin by talking with Professor Birch, head of the Pokemon Lab in Littleroot Town. This nets players their first Pokemon and Pokedex, whereupon they begin preparing to challenge the region’s eight gym leaders; the main character’s father, Norman, is one of them.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch on the 3DS worldwide later this year.
At E3 today, Nintendo announced that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set for a November 21 release in North America. Observe for yourself with a new trailer for the games, available on YouTube.
More information has emerged regarding Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As previously mentioned, the titles make use of dual protagonists, one male and one female, and the character not chosen by the player shows up as a supporting character. Some story elements will also differ between versions. For instance, Team Magma is the primary enemy in Omega Ruby, whereas Team Aqua opposes the player in Alpha Sapphire.
Mega Diancie, Mega Sceptile, and Mega Swampert join the list of Mega Evolutions, while a brand new evolution method, called Primeval Devolution, will be available. Details about this new feature are still coming, though Groudon and Kyogre have been confirmed for Primeval evolutions.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire hit the 3DS worldwide later this year.
Nintendo has lifted the lid on the next paired set of Pokemon games: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, for 3DS. According to the announcement trailer – available on YouTube – the duo is planned for a worldwide release in November of this year.
In a move that must be taken seriously on this, the first day of April, Google has taken to Youtube in search of their next Pokemon Master. Interested players who aren’t afraid of scaling a cliff face without equipment should observe the promotional video – available on the YouTubes – and begin the rigorous application process post-haste.
While you’re at it, ask for a pony.
Nintendo announced it will launch the Pokemon Bank, a downloadable service for Pokemon X/Y, on the 3DS eShop starting December 27. The application helps players to manage their Pokemon inventories, storing up to 3000 of the critters and facilitating trades between players; players can also transfer Pokemon from the Black/White series using the Poke Transporter, a feature linked to the Bank.
The service will carry a $4.99 fee per year. Users who download the app by January 31 will get a free 30-day trial.
The steady drip of Pokemon X/Y information continues, with new details on starter and mega evolutions, new Pokemon, and the Pokemon Global Link. Of particular note are the following. Continue reading ‘More Pokemon X and Y Information’ »
Nintendo has released additional details for their upcoming license to print money, Pokemon X and Y. Namely, the game will feature a new form of evolution for Pokemon during battle. The tellingly named “Mega Evolution” will alter the Pokemon’s appearance, increase their stats, and may add new abilities or change their type, though this is only applicable during battle. For instance, Mega Ampharos gains the Dragon type in addition to its existing Electric type, while Mega Mawile gains the ability “Huge Power.”
Additionally, players can put their Pokemon through Super Training outside of combat. These training regimens take the form of minigames, controlled via the touch screen, which allow them to increase their base stats and underlying values. Conversely, Core Training sets up training bags for Pokemon to practice on, which they can do on their own or with the player’s guidance.
New Pokemon were also introduced: Dedenne, an Electric- and Fairy-type that emits radio waves from its antenna-shaped whiskers; Bunnelby, a Normal-type that somehow uses its large ears to dig and as weapons; and Skiddo, a Grass-type that evolves into Gogoat and can carry people on its back.
Nintendo has released more information about Pokemon X and Y, particularly about certain Legendary types and some of the new additions: Continue reading ‘More Pokemon X and Y Details: Legendary Types and New Pokemon’ »
To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon X and Y, Nintendo will be releasing special edition 3DS XLs: “Xerneas and Yveltal Blue” and “Premium Gold”, each to the tune of 22,800 yen. Naturally, they’ll come with the download version of the game included, along with a 4gig memory card and other standard pack-ins. These will be released alongside the game starting October 12, though no North American release has been confirmed.
Nintendo has announced that Pokemon X and Y will launch for the 3DS on October 12. Shortly afterward, Nintendo plans to use the proceeds gold-plate their corporate headquarters, render it spaceworthy, and relocate to the moon.
Well, that’s what I would do.
Further details have emerged about Pokemon X and Y. In particular, four new Pokemon have been confirmed: Continue reading ‘Nintendo Unveils New Pokemon X and Y Details’ »
Nintendo will be releasing the Pikachu Edition 3DS XL in North America on March 24. Priced at $199, the package includes a 4gig SD memory card and launches alongside Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. While the game is not included in the package, players who buy both and register their system between March 21 and April 30 get a redeem code for one of five 3DS titles: Super Mario 3D Land, Star Fox 64 3D, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!