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First Footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire To Air In Japan This Weekend

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Who wants to see it?

This week's announcement of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the 3DS caused plenty of excitement, with many of you sharing your views on the news. The Pokémon Company stated that the "new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world", and Satoru Iwata said in his recent financial results briefing that they'll be "full-remakes". Unsurprisingly, there's a little confusion about whether these are new takes on the Ruby & Sapphire universe or actually remakes of the original games.

We should find out in the days and weeks to come, and the Japanese media is likely to be an important source of information. It's exciting to hear, then, that the first footage will be shown this weekend on Japanese variety show Pokémon Get☆TV. It will air on Sunday 11th May at 07:30 Japanese time, which is 18:30 on Saturday Eastern time / 15:30 Pacific; that's 11:30pm Saturday night in the UK and 00:30 Sunday in central Europe.

As has been the case with previous Pokémon-related broadcasts in Japan, it's unlikely that streaming outside of the country will be allowed, but we can expect screengrabs and possibly YouTube uploads to bring us those first glimpses.

Are you excited about having a first look of Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire?


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Tops said:

Cool! This is actually sooner than I thought they'd show game footage. I honestly wouldn't have been surprised if they saved it for E3 but the sooner the better!



absuplendous said:

I don't see how there could be confusion about the nature of these games after the declaration that they're "full remakes," not to mention precedent. I'm sure that they'll be in the same vein as their predecessors.

I'm more interested in Groudon and Kyogre, as their box art iterations were referred to as "never before seen Pokémon," terminology used for new twists on existing Pokémon (see Serebii). And, of course, the names Alpha and Omega have some interesting implications...



Discipledoctor said:

Hoooolllllyyyy crap! I was going to have a life tomorrow, but I don't need. Childhood revisited, here I come!



sillygostly said:

This came as no surprise, really. Main series Pokémon has been an annual franchise since 2009…

2009 - Pokémon Platinum
2010 - Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
2011 - Pokémon Black and White
2012 - Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2
2013 - Pokémon X & Y
2014 - Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

I'm more curious about what Game Freak has in store for the Pokémon franchise in 2015...



MysticX said:

@TopLaytonsHat I think Nintendo moved it up the ol' production-queue due to the bad sales figures for last quarter, nothing quite says "Fire up the money-printer!" as a new Pokémon game

I'm looking forward to the footage though, i'm hoping that Pokémon-amie is staying in some form or other...



Savino said:

@sillygostly didnt notice that, since I am not a fan.... But now I dont get when ppl here complain about those yearly franchise like CoD or NFS!



Serebii said:

@sillygostly Would it not be more logical to use initial releases? Let's go the last 10 years. November 2004 - November 2014

September 2006: Diamond & Pearl
September 2008: Platinum
September 2009: HeartGold & SoulSilver
September 2010: Black & White
February 2012: Black 2 & White 2
October 2013: X & Y
November 2014: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

There are gaps. You didn't see them here due to localisations and the now shift to worldwide launches. If they hadn't done that. X & Y would have been out this year for us, creating another year gap.



Kyloctopus said:

I go to Cuba for one week, without internet, and I miss the announcement of Hoenn remakes?!



3dcaleb said:

all i know is getting to see actual gameplay footage is going to be so awesome!!! i didnt expect this until e3.



Trikeboy said:

I love that Gamefreak is a second party studio to Nintendo so they can do reveals without waiting for a Nintendo Direct.



Lalivero said:

Saw this on serebii yesterday and am glad that we will be able to take a first look at the games real soon! I was panicky that we'd have to wait 'til like even later in the month before hearing anything. D:

@Serebii Thanks for posting that because the Japanese release dates, going back, are more accurate to go by. If you go back to '04 like you said, that would've been 2 years from Emerald to DP. Even then, the remakes are more filler so you could argue that they are even more spread out(the 'new' main games) than what it seems.



LtAldoRaine said:

This is going to be so awesome. Even though FR/LG and HG/SS obviously looked a lot better than the originals, that's nothing compared to the visual upgrade R/S will receive. And I hope we'll get new Mega Evolutions, altough I think on this one we'll only get some for the legendaries, and new ones for other regular Pokémon only on Z.

And really, I hope the soundtrack is not ruined. I love the original, trumpets everywhere and all.



LtAldoRaine said:

@Lasermaster123 There is not going to be a Emerald remake. They never did remakes of the third versions. But if HG/SS are any indication, they will have elements of the third version in the remake.

And Z will happen, most definitely. Next year, I bet.



ikki5 said:


see, Pokemon is a little different and it isn't exactly a yearly release. However it is a new story, new adventure, new Pokemon along with updated graphics (except for B&W to B2&W2) and plenty of new features added. Where COD is... just more of the same. Take a look at the Modern Warfare series. They were all the exact same thing as the first with slightly enhanced graphics and new perks but over it it is the same repetitive, nonstrategic thing over and over.

Over all, an RPG can give you a different story and with Pokemon, you play for the Story and for collecting the Pokemon, raising them and then for a lot of people competing with their Pokemon which they have raised. CoD, you just pick up a gun, run around and shoot. There is no real time spend looking after you Pokemon, training and so forth which really gives a lot more depth to Pokemon where COD doesn't. I would assume this is why a lot of these shooters now have a Levels base system now as it give you more something to work for and strive for and give you that re-playability.



kevin1616 said:

@sillygostly Yeah but there is a two year differece between a new era or Pokemon. For example, I bought X Y, I dont have the need to buy the Ruby or Saphary Version because I can communicate with them. Fans of those versions will buy it. I only buy Pokemon Whenever a new Generation Comes out.



jpfan1989 said:

Pokemon amie and super training are a perfect new feature and I hope they are carried over



Ecto-1 said:


I think the confusion comes from the way the initial announcement described the games. The intial press release described them as a "fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire" and went on to say the games "promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world." The Pokemon website appears to have been edited to sound more like full remakes, but the original description can still be seen here:



sinalefa said:

I want to see them, but most likely I won't get them at launch. I am way behind in X, and I never beat White 2 and HeartGold.



retro_player_22 said:

I'm glad they are doing a remake of Ruby and Sapphire but for now I'm still on my way to completing Black and White 2 and X & Y first. Need to catch em up before I can go back and re-catch them all again.



MegaBeedrill said:

Ok, alright alright.. so I'm excited to see what type of phootage they have to offer.. but one thing...

Does anybody speak japanese so they can translate on here?

I'm more excited to hear about things added that x/y lacked (move tutors mainly..)

And then to offically reveal the eons as well (Megias/megios)



eaglebob345 said:

@Savino This may be the only remake I get at launch. B2W2, HGSS, FRLG, were all late pick ups. BWB2W2 shouldn't have even existed where they were, they should have been on the 3DS, XY on the next handheld, etc. @kevin1616 is right about the connectivity part, which is a large part of it. The other part is what @Serebii said: the main series have gaps in-between releases. Remakes are like filler, as @Chriiis said. The only reason someone would buy remakes of Pokemon game is because they were a die-hard fans or if they had never played them before. Remakes are filler games and can easily be skipped, even though they connect with every game in their generation, allowing you to play with your friends. For example, 2006's DP could connect with 2009's HGSS. CoD: Ghosts won't go with CoD: BLOPs 2 even though they are a year apart. That said, I do hope they don't make new generations into a yearly thing.



Rensch said:

Looking forward to this. I wonder how much I will enjoy this game compared to FireRed and LeafGreen or HeartGold and SoulSilver, though. I have played through the original Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald versions so many times, I wonder if I will enjoy it quite as much. I know Hoenn through and through by now, making it somewhat less exciting than playing Kanto or Johto again. I hadn't played much of those games in a few years when their remakes came out. I kinda hoped it was a sequel, rather than a remake, but I am satisfied with a Sevii Islands kind of situation.



absuplendous said:

@Ecto-1 That's all true, but the term "full remakes" that followed soon afterward clears up any confusion. Yet, this article insists that confusion abounds, despite referring the the clarification a single sentence earlier.

I enjoy your icon, by the way. And your username, for that matter.



antipop621 said:

I'm really interested to see what graphical style they use. A more traditional approach or 3D as in X and Y.



AkinaChan said:

I wanna see it!!! (≧∇≦) I know a few YouTube channels that post these TV broadcasts... Usually raw... But I'm Japanese, so that's no problem. If I find this broadcast, I'll probably leave a loose translation of the details on the video I find it on ^^;



DanteSolablood said:

I just can't wait, I completed X&Y and filled my pokédex aaaaaages ago & RSE was my favourite generation by a complete mile.

@antipop621 It's almost certainly going to be in the same 3D style as X&Y, not only because they already have all the pokémon models completed & ready to go.. but because of the close release date, it's likely there was some overlap in development.



iescalie said:

I will buy the games as soon as they release. They should include a Battle Frontier and a powered up Rayquaza as well. The Mega Latios and Latias will no doubt show up.



AlexSora89 said:

I'm not gonna lie - I hated, loathed Hoenn because of the lack of retrocompatibility alone (that, and the unavailability of Johto and Kanto, as well as their Pokémon). A Generation VI remake, on the other hand? A lot more promising, because of the Pokémon Bank. Can't wait to rip Hoenn a new one with critters actually coming from Johto.



Aceboss100 said:

I want to see some sort of emerald remake or sequal because from what we know, its still unclear to determine weather or not these games are remakes or new guess is new adventure or sequal because of the box art. They look like mega evolutions.



Bolt_Strike said:

I think they're PR team should avoid using the word "new" in reference to a remake unless it's something they changed towards the original, because that's false advertisement. I am a bit curious as to how they're going to handle this, because I'm not entirely sure they're going to keep everything exactly as it was in the original in the same way that FRLG and HGSS did, especially considering how much the series has changed since the originals. I'm thinking they could probably edit the Hoenn Dex some. And not just to include the evolutions that they couldn't prevent you from getting outside of some convoluted method, or even cross gen evolutions in general, but actual new families that weren't in the original Hoenn Dex to add more balance to the game. Obviously we're getting some manor of new forms or Mega Evolutions as well for Groudon and Kyogre, maybe there's more Megas hiding in these games than just the Lati twins? Other than that, I think it'd basically be the HGSS approach, keep things similar, add in new mechanics wherever they fit, alter the game and storyline a bit to include Emerald elements, and throw in some new areas (the south side of Dewford Island could be an optional area, and they could use the islands to the southeast as an expanded post game area along with the Battle Frontier).



Obito_Sigma said:

lol I love it how, when writing the times for each country, you use the 24 hour clock for America and the AM / PM for UK. I'm pretty sure that it's reverse. I don't live in UK, but I always thought that YOU GUYS used the 24 hour clock.



ZenTurtle said:

Pokémon isn't quite a yearly release yet... But no doubt it soon will be. And how long will it be before there are over 1000 Pokémon? One or two generations at least, I'm thinking about 5-7 years... I remember when there were 150



Zombie_Barioth said:

I think for most people they just see 'pokemon' thats it, its black and white to 'em (no pun intended). To them its "just another Pokemon" just like its "just another COD".

I always find theses complains funny, since if you think about it a lot of the complainers likely have at least one series they love and have every release of. Its ok if its something like Persona or Dragon Quest, but if its a popular series then, yea, its a dirty cash-in or what have you.



ZenTurtle said:

It's funny, I know! But it's really no different from the US officially using imperial measurement (inches, feet etc.) but many states still using kilometers on road signs... Although, in Britain we do the opposite! All countries are weird...



GamerZack87 said:

"It will air on Sunday 11th May at 07:30 Japanese time, which is 18:30 on Saturday Eastern time / 15:30 Pacific; that's 11:30pm Saturday night in the UK and 00:30 Sunday in central Europe."

So...that's Something-O'Clock in Australia and New Zealand then?

@sillygostly Thank you for using the correct terminology for the sequels to Pokémon Black and White. That's really made my day!



MegaBeedrill said:


Haters gunna hate!

Whenever we have 1000+ pokemon.. no matter how long the fanchise goes thing is every new addition affects the metagame or increases strategies.. etc etc..

In gen 1-4 things were pretty steady and new moves were added which changed battling. Then black and white added major changes with hidden abilities, moves, and extremely interesting and usefull pokemon we overlook. Gen 6 didn't have much to offer with their 69 new pokemon.. but they introduced alot of new game mechanics and alot of other threats dominating and changing the meta game like gale wings and aegislash as well as mega evolving at any time. A remake of these games would only enhance even MORE changes with move tutors (if there are any) and more mega evolutions(again if there are any..) and who knows what else gameplay wise will be changed.

Pokemon isn't a story line changing game each time.. each and everything little change completely impact the strategy.. picture it as chess! if chess had 6 generations.. I'm pretty sure it's be extremely different than gen 1 with every new piece and strategy made despite the similar gameplay.

A cod game simply make one gun which is as usefull as all the others.. not perticularly nessecary nor most likely wanted.. and they just remake the campaign.. pokemon likes to try something new whether it's a small mechanic or change of scenery.

Blood, gore, and graphics isn't an on going successful franchise.. good innovation is.



ZenTurtle said:

I hope they bring back the same events from emerald- the Mew event, the Deoxys event etc- and Navel Rock... They were great... Oh, and if they balance the Hoenn to have less surfing areas, they should bring back the Sevii islands as well as add more islands post- credits.

  • And I know this will never happen, but I'd like to be able to travel between regions freely- and go to Johto, Kanto and even Sinnoh, (by train, I'd assume). And the Sevii islands...


Nintendo_Ninja said:

Hope you guys can give us footage. Considering Heart Gold is my favourite Pokemon game, I'm definitely getting this!



Gravedigga13 said:

@sillygostly I think this time around they want to mix things up. 2014 is all about the r/s remakes, and 2015 will be Pokemon z with a better story( sorry man,but x and y s story was bullcrap) and a few new cool features.



Lalivero said:

@ZenTurtle They don't need to balance out by making less surf areas; it's one of the main things that is refreshing about Hoenn, especially it being a tropical region and having a bigger sense of exploration because of it and the dive areas, etc. (not that they couldn't add a few more little islands here and there for new stuff) About the main thing they need to do with the surf areas is, hopefully, give us a little more variety in encountered pokémon.

It really bugged me how limited Surfing is in the gens after III; they might as well have taken it out of the dang games(until Azure Bay in XY). We have so many regions revolved around land travel, why can't we just agree to leave Hoenn's ocean alone? sniffle D:



Zombie_Barioth said:

Exactly, a lot of the hate comes from people who just take the games at face value, they only look at the storyline and it popularity among kids, thats it. The funny thing is their "mature" games are just as if not more popular among the "kiddies", so if anything the argument about whats made for who is moot. The series has gone through more changes than most ever do.

The water never bothered me, the only time it does is when its just a tiny little barrier that doesn't even need to exist. I just want them to smooth things out so the different areas don't feel like separate zones.



Ecto-1 said:


Yeah, it sounds to me like they'll be a lot like FireRed/LeafGreen and HeartGold/SoulSilver; for the most part they'll be just like the originals, but there may be a few tweaks (like the Ho-oh/Lugia fight from HG/SS) and additions (Sevii Islands in FR/LG). Hehe, thanks by the way!



Pinemeowth said:

Ooh~ gonna be counting down for this stream just like the ssb wii u and 3ds direct! Also, anyone know where I can find I a stream of this? I can't find one anywhere.



ZenTurtle said:

Personally, I did like the surfing and exploration- especially the island areas, but i know that many people hated surfing (especially if you ran out of repels). I think they should also bring back the skateboard from Gold, Silver and Crystal, too! And more ship travel and islands far away from Hoenn that aren't events...



Darkness3131 said:

After the newest Pokemon game I lost a bit of nostalgia steam but its amazing how the announcement of this has made me super excited once again. I wonder if they will bring back the sprite style though.



Hoerig said:

They should include the sevii islands again... in leafgreen and firered they were so mysterious and no important plot happened there



Ralphi said:

I really am excited about these, and equally interested to see what they mean by "full" remakes. Emerald was already master class, and if they can top that, mannnnnn.



MasterWario said:

I'm surprised how excited everyone is for this. Ruby & Sapphire was my favorite gen. but I'm still not feeling it as much as everyone else.

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