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Pokémon Contest Details Confirmed for Ruby and Sapphire Remakes

Posted by Alex Olney

For monsters who are lovers, not fighters

Nintendo is going all-out to make Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire as faithful to the original games as possible, as in conjunction with the return of secret bases fans will also be treated to the addition of the love-it-or-hate-it Pokémon Contest – rebranded as the Pokémon Contest Spectacular for modern times; it’s orchestrated by a new character – Lisia

The feature appears to function in a similar manner to the original, with the focus being on garnering the highest possible 'appeal' in order to make your monster the most popular and subsequently win the contest.

As in the original there are five different stats to consider; Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness, and each of these has their own category of contests. Every move in the game is assigned one of these five types in addition to the typical battle types, so using a Cuteness move in a Cleverness competition may not get you far. Each species of Pokémon has its own strengths and weaknesses within these stats and as such certain members of your party may be better suited to wowing the crowd than others in a particular kind of contest. Pokéblocks are back as well, so if your Piplup just isn’t cool enough to compete with the hardcore crowd get it to pop a couple of these and it’ll be sunglasses and leather jackets before you know it.

The system for participation has had a few tweaks here and there, such as the applause meter being replaced by the excitement meter. This functions in the same way as the applause meter in every way except name, and if you manage to fill it completely your Pokémon will Mega Evolve if it can, marking the first instance of these turbo-charged terrors appearing outside of battle.

As you progress through the early contests you’ll unlock higher difficulties in the same way as you could before. You’ll start off at Normal Rank and finish off with Master Rank. As you hone your skills and become better and better word will spread and fans of your antics will start to pop up throughout the land of Hoenn; these like-minded individuals will lavish you with Berries and cheer you on when you’re competing. There’s no word as to whether the latter will actually affect gameplay, but it’s nice to be noticed all the same.

When you enter a contest, you’ll be informed by the appropriate authorities to ditch your dirty dungarees and slap on a snazzy set of stitches. These outfits are very similar to two of the getups worn by Cosplay Pikachu and the defining factor is gender. There may yet be more outfits to choose from in a similar style to the character customisation from Pokémon X & Y, but that’s nothing more than speculation.

Were you enamoured with this feature on your GBA? Has your excitement been driven to five stars or are you as gripped by the news as a greasy Grimer’s grabber? Let us know, and the trailer along with a host of screens is below.

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Kyoto said:

I loved the contests in Emerald so I'm really happy that they kept and improved the same formula. Only thing that's keeping the hype from going over 9000 is that the Battle Frontier isn't announced yet!



ModestFan93 said:

Well there was no doubt that they wouldn't be back but I'm stoke to see all these awesome changes. Now I have more hope that the Battle Frontier makes it back.

@AlexOlney Natures attribute to what flavor PokeBlocks your Pokémon like too.



2Sang said:

More ribbons for my gallade! Maybe I can get his ribbon count to 100 now



HandheldGuru97 said:

Keeps getting better and better! I wasn't a huge fan of contests when I was young, I really had no idea what I was doing , I'll try them out here to find out what all the fuss is about!



Azikira said:

I loved Pokemon Contests, now all they need to do is tell me they left in Roulette and I will be entirely content~



Ralizah said:

It might be worth getting these games just to dress Pokemon up in stupid outfits.



DarkKirby said:

Further showing only Pikachu cosplay is pushing my dreams of cosplay Gardevoir down the drain!




HopeNForever said:

Anyone else notice all the Cosplay Pikachu are female, and all of them have black-tipped tails? I think someone should be concerned about these tiny details.



Yosher said:

@HopeNForever It's been confirmed that these are all the very same Pikachu. Only one specific Pikachu, which you will be able to obtain at some point, will be able to dress up; that one with the black tipped heart-shaped tail. No other Pikachu you catch in the wild or obtain otherwise will be able to dress up, only that one single Pikachu.

And @ those complaining about slow news; it's the weekend. News is always slow on weekends.



Cloud-San-VII said:

I hope character customization is a thing, cause I really dislike how May/Haruka looks, regular and contest. And while I'm okay with Brendan, he could be slightly more faithful to the originals (pants pants and hair-wise), but Brendan doesn't really bother me all that much.
I just want Character Customizations and for the original and Emerald designs to be options for the characters.
It'd be great if it was for both outside and Contests, but just outside would be enough... I guess (even though I really dislike May's new design).



3Daniel said:

I loved contests and was dissapointed by every attempt to emulate them since Gen 3. I'm torn as to getting these remakes tho as there are still 2 pokemon with no planned release for x and y. volcanion and hoopla. I would hate to have to plunk down more $ for omega and alpha to gain access to them if they ever see the light of day.



River3636 said:

I was not enamored I was annoyed. I just wanted to beat the game. I remember sapphire cuz I was on a road trip with my pops and 2 sisters. We were in a honda civic and my legs were so cramped in the back seat ,my sister was pretty big and there was no room in that car. From Miami to Arizona I managed to block out all three of those annoying Jabbas ( i do love them) and beat Saphire. They farted in the car. I still played, They were telling me how I need to be more responsible and yada yada. I still played. They managed to stop at every artery clogging jack-in-the-Box we pass. I still played. The great memories I have with that game. I even took a break and was awestruck by the beauty of the Grand Canyon. I love Pokemon Saphire and I won't be annoyed when I compete in that contest when this comes out.



ColdingLight said:

I wonder how all of these new features will be compatible with X/Y? Is there going to be some big update for X/Y before the release of ORAS



SphericalCrusher said:

Awesome trailer! I love how these games come out a couple days after my birthday. I'll be buying both versions!



SakuraHaruka said:

I have to wait, I have to wait, I have to wait, I.. have... to... wait!!!!
OK, are only about 4 months.



AyeHaley said:


scientist Pika....Mary had a lamb-Pika...oh man.



ollietaro said:

I love those Pikachu outfits! I know it sounds difficult to do for the developer but I would like them to extend outfit-wearing to all Pokemon.



Play-Doh_25 said:

I was starting to get scared they weren't going to announce contests, so know I'm even more excited for Ruby. Contests were my favorite and I can't wait to experience them again.



Phle said:

Awesome. I'll be getting both copies, one for my BF and the other for me. Super exited about contests and secret bases being brought back from the dead.

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