Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

The sixth generation of Pokémon games continues with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, remakes of Ruby & Sapphire from 2003. As with X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire will be released simultaneously wordwide.

Pokemon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire box art
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire box art

Details

Release date November 21st, 2014
Release date (Europe) November 28th, 2014
Platform 3DS
New Mega Evolutions 20
Primal Reversions 2

New features

3D

Like their predecessors X & Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are exclusive to the 3DS platform and use stereoscopic 3D for battles and certain overworld locations. The majority of the overworld, as well as double/triple/horde battles do not use the 3D effect.

Diagonal movement remains but without the Rollerskates, allowing the player to walk off-grid. In addition, moving the Circle Pad a small amount allows the player to walk more slowly. This ties in with a new mechanic called sneaking where the player can slowly creep towards rustling grass to encounter Pokémon.

New Mega Evolutions & Primal Reversions

As listed to the left, many Pokémon gain Mega Evolutions. As with X & Y they can Mega Evolve when holding an appropriate Mega Stone. However, Rayquaza is said to Mega Evolve using a different method.

Furthermore, the box legends Kyogre and Groudon have new forms known as Primal Reversions. They are in-battle form changes, similar to Mega Evolutions.

Secret Bases

Secret Bases from Ruby & Sapphire return, but this time they are not so secret as players can share their Secret Bases online and challenge others to battles.