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Super-Secret Bases Confirmed for Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Online features take them to another level

With Secret Bases being a popular feature in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, the odds were always good that they'd have a presence in this years 3DS remake / remaster Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. The Pokémon Company has now confirmed their return, re-naming them "Super-Secret Bases" and announced a host of enticing new features.

A key benefit the 3DS entry will have over the originals, naturally, is online play. While you'll still be able to decorate and customise your base, the new entries will allow you to host online battles with rules that you set, and the description below — from the official website — outlines how robust the functionality will be.

Using communication features, it’s easy to connect with other players around the world to share your Secret Bases with one another. When you visit another player’s Secret Base, that base’s members will be hanging out there. You can talk to them or even battle them! If you find base owners that you like, you can scout them as one of your Secret Pals and bring them back to your own Secret Base. Once you’ve become Secret Pals with someone, you can continue to have Pokémon battles against them, and also have your Pal use “special skills” to support you on your adventure.

Another fun aspect of Super-Secret Bases is a capture-the-flag activity. Examine the flag beside the Secret PC in another player’s Secret Base to obtain it! You can take one flag per day from each base visited. Visit lots of Secret Bases and collect lots of flags to improve your team’s rank and get rewards, including increasing the skills of your Secret Pals. Flag colors will change based on a team’s rank, so you can tell another team’s rank at a glance—and others can tell yours!

You can share your Super-Secret Base with Trainers all over the world! Symbolize your Secret Base with a QR Code. With a QR Code, you can get the Secret Base of a particular player you’ve been wanting to visit.

It sounds like it could be a substantial part of the experience, while your in-game guide to the feature will apparently be Aarune — he and his Flygon are "world travelers, bursting with excitement about the Secret Base culture in the Hoenn region".

Are you excited about this announcement and these features? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks to Otto Petersen for the heads up.

[via pokemon.com]

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User Comments (42)

BLPs

#1

BLPs said:

Why is the Fairy Tale Girl there?

Last thing I want is those demonic creepy bug eyed abominations invading my personal space. 0-o

IKAY

#2

IKAY said:

You can join a team? "Visit lots of Secret Bases and collect lots of flags to improve your team’s rank and get rewards" Sounds a bit like Miiverse support.

But the best is, they get transfered with StreetPass!

torotoid64

#6

torotoid64 said:

Not so much of a super secret base if I can share it with the world c:< but really I might do this later on after I'm dead bored of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and I beated the elite 4 about 20 different times

TheWPCTraveler

#7

TheWPCTraveler said:

Secret bases! In 3D!
I can see character customization being cut for this.

Well, for the people who like character customization, here's to hoping that stays in. For me? I'm a purist :P

AyeHaley

#10

AyeHaley said:

There are loads of new poke dolls! :D They've released several screenshots showing the "secret" bases and I'm liking it so far.

Shotgunryugan

#14

Shotgunryugan said:

I knew this was going to happen, but being able to battle people as well is great.

Gen 3 is still my favorite gen, so I'm really hyped for this game after the disappointment that was the Gen 1 remake...I mean XY >_>

Iggly

#15

Iggly said:

Capture the flag? Oh snap, they brought that feature back from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum with online. I thought the secret bases were gonna be streetpass only, but this sounds awesome.

Smooching

#16

Smooching said:

@BLPs
Why not, don't you like deceptive women? :P

That said, I really liked this functionality in the original games so I'm looking forward to it. I'm just a sucker for customizability in the Pokémon games.

Lalivero

#17

Lalivero said:

Wow, I'm liking those screenshots and find it amusing how you can kinda turn it into your own little mini gym, with the taking players back to yours and being able to set battle rules for your base, among other stuff. I aligned items back in the originals to do this sort of thing.

I hope we see the return of TV events, like the roof top sale of Lilycove Department(for rarer secret base stuff), the Berry Master visiting the Contest Hall, etc. I remember getting excited when I saw a TV announce that those events were showing up in x days.

BLPs

#18

BLPs said:

@Smooching

I don't like women anyway! XD

I just...let me explain. I saw them on the overworld and thought cool, new trainer class. What they say pre/post battle is a little disturbing at times, but then I looked away as the battle starts and come back to a close up of that, and jump out of my skin.

They just look bloody freaky! >.<

Remisio

#19

Remisio said:

I hope character customization is still available... Because I may be over thinking it but: If the people in the base are meant to be other people you've encountered and added to your base, their appearance as trainers that one would normaly encounter in the game is more similar to how in the older games you'd be assigned as an Ace trainer or Hiker or whatever the game decided you could choose from and that would be your sprite when interacting with others. Rather than having your own character, which would be different enough in XY due to customization.

PKNoUsernameHere

#22

PKNoUsernameHere said:

I'm extremely meh about this. It's okay I guess, but I never really used my Secret Base in R/S/E/D/P/PT anyway so maybe this time I'll care. :P

AVahne

#23

AVahne said:

Sounds just like the old games where the location of your friends' bases will appear in your game with an NPC representing them when you mix records with them, except now it is online. Glad that this feature is returning; I would always use my friends' NPCs to help grind. Fighting lv100 Mewtwos and Ho-Ohs works very well.

bluecat

#24

bluecat said:

I wasn't crazy about them in the original GBA games, but with added wireless features they could be pretty fun now. Excited.

Darkness3131

#27

Darkness3131 said:

I spent so much time on my base in emerald when I was a kid, but I didn't have anyone to share it with. I'm super excited for this.

ColdingLight

#29

ColdingLight said:

I've got to be honest, I thought the feature was pretty pointless in the original. There was never an incentive to make a secret base in R/S/E

PvtOttobot

#31

PvtOttobot said:

Awesome! So psyched for this, it might finnaly convince me to get this remake. I've still always loved DandP's underground bases better than any other side-feature!

Smooching

#32

Smooching said:

@BLPs
Well, that's what they were going for with that trainer class if you ask me, so they did a good job in your case, haha. So I can imagine your feelings toward those "demonic creepy bug eyed abominations" :P We should have a chat conversation about this sometime .. ;)

GamerZack87

#37

GamerZack87 said:

The capture-the-flag feature sounds similar to the one from the Gen IV games. :)

I'm happy that Secret Bases are back! There's one (two?) other thing I hope is included, and that is ports of the Gen III Kanto remakes (unlikely, but less-likely things have occurred in the Pokémon series). They could either be a main menu option, a download voucher to use in the eShop or, better yet, an in-game key item which is essentially a Game Boy Advance for the player character; the latter option would thus allow for a choice of either FR or LG, whereas the former two would almost certainly restrict one version to each game.

AlexSora89

#39

AlexSora89 said:

I hoped for StreetPass secret bases, and we get something that's roughly ten times as awesome. Great news.

Skullcruncher

#41

Skullcruncher said:

@TheWPCTraveler I agree not sure why but I can see them removing customizable clothing in favor of these bases. Though I wish they wouldn't. By the way from what anime is your profile pic from? Just curious.

TheWPCTraveler

#42

TheWPCTraveler said:

@Skullcruncher Considering that they really can't half-ass the implementation of the secret bases, and that you have titular characters returning, yeah, I really see customization being cut.

(By the way, my avatar isn't from an anime, nor is she from a game. She's one of the Windows 8-tan twins (that Microsoft used to advertise with in Japan.) I can't distinguish between them, so....

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