It’s like sailing in an endless ocean with a brass quintet
It was only a matter of time, and lo and behold they are finally here, remakes for Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. What’s on the wishlist for the Inverseman in anticipation for these games? Find out!
You really know you’re a longtime Pokemon fan when your underclassmen back in college played Ruby and Sapphire as their first Pokemon games. After many years of clamor and constant badgering, the remakes are finally among us. It makes sense too, considering how off the radar Hoenn and the generation 3 legendary Pokemon have been. That said, these are five things that I personally look forward to in the games.
Also known as the only reason to even use Secret Power, Secret Bases in generation 3 were an amazing customization for players. You could collect decorations and totally trick out your own treehouse, cave, or shrub with traps, plushies, and more. If you had someone to link up with, you could visit your friend’s base anytime and challenge him or her to a battle. This was great, but it was vastly limited by wired connections. However, twelve years later, we now have access to the internet, which means the bases can be brought back in a big way. Now imagine instead of having only one or two friends to invade, the whole internet full of strangers to dominate and communicate with. And of course it’s all going to be in 3D.
4. Return of Contests
Woefully absent from generation 6 thus far, steadily phased out in generation 4, and severely downgraded to Pokemon Musicals in generation 5, hopefully Contests will return this Fall. This actually isn’t a guarantee since we haven’t seen the Contest stats in the Pokemon programming data for some time and Feebas still evolves by trade at the moment. That said, the old Contests were a new dimension added to Pokemon raising and quite skillful to boot. Do you use a move that gains high appeal but leaves your Pokemon vulnerable to enemy jamming moves? Do you interfere with your own jamming moves? And have you kept your eye on the audience hype meter. Game Freak doesn’t really even need to bring back dress-up and the simplistic rhythm game like in generation 4. Plenty of fans will be happy getting back into the coordinator’s seat but now with new Pokemon, new moves, and new ways to play online with friends.
X and Y had a good start, but remakes are where Game Freak can really flesh out a lot of missed opportunities from the first time around. Trainer customization can be vastly improved this time around. For starters, dudes can actually get more hairstyles and fashions. While I don’t expect the developer to go crazy a la Dynasty Warriors with maid, schoolgirl, and masked wrestler outfits, there’s still a lot that can be done. As an almost inevitability we can expect more Mega Pokemon. Sure people who missed Mega Blaziken will likely get another chance, but it’s time for Mega Swampert and Mega Sceptile to shine. In a way, Blaziken was a forerunner for these remakes as well as the hacked data on Mega Latios and Latias. Maybe we’ll get Mega Groudon and Kyogre too? While the first two games in a generation usually don’t go all the way with features, I anticipate OR/AS to go the full mile.
Truth be told, Team Magma and Team Aqua had the least convincing motivations for the typical evil team of Pokemon. We’ve had the mafia, the mafia again, a cynical man with a God complex, evil PETA, and a downright nihilist for villains so far. Somehow making more land/sea doesn’t really fit with any of those. What I look forward to in OR/AS are versions of Magma and Aqua that actually have a brain. Perhaps awakening the land god or sea god is but a means to an end? Maybe there’s a deep set connection between the team and the legendary Pokemon? HeartGold and SoulSilver greatly fleshed out Silver and Giovanni’s stories to make them more than just throwaway villains, so I’m counting on Game Freak to add a little bit more effort into Archie and Maxie. Also, bring back more gym leader and elite four involvement. They were so engaging in generation 5, it was sad to see them take the backseat again in X and Y.
Now instead of MIDI trumpets we can have higher sound quality trumpets befitting the 3DS. Isn’t technology wonderful? And that’s my list of what I want to see most in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. As the generations of Pokemon players keep growing, it’ll be very interesting to see how far we’ve come. Join me next time when I look out a window.
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