This morning, Nintendo announced via press release that 2014 would see the release of a pair of new Pokémon titles for the 3DS.*
In November, the bling-fully titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are on the way, according to the publisher.
Both are effectively updates (Nintendo’s calling them a “fresh take”) of 2003’s Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, two pretty big-deal titles for the Game Boy Advance back in the day. The press release promises a new world to explore in both games, so expect the slow reveal of new (and modified) Pokémon in the coming months.
Those games were set in the Hoenn region which contains underwater areas for Pokémon champs to explore.
Nintendo has been mining Pokémon remakes on the regular: back in 2009, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver gave gamers a second look at the pair of 1999 Game Boy Color titles. Seriously, this isn’t even the first remake of Sapphire and Ruby – those games got a “Director’s Cut” back in 2004 with Pokémon Emerald on the GBA.
*Is Pokémon becoming Nintendo’s Madden? It’s not like the sales are flagging and remains the only game in town if you want to catch and battle monsters on your handheld. But is the series due for a shakeup at this point? Especially when we’re a couple of years into the life cycle of the flagging Wii U, which has a solid lineup of hardware, but could really use something disruptive like a connected Pokémon to bring gamers to the platform the way Monster Hunter did (kind of) for the PSP.