The demand for the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version has been truly extraordinary, with our own UK giveaway drawing numbers of applicants well into five figures. We produced a guide on how to grab a code in different countries, though options in North America have been limited.
There's good news for 'mon fans in the US, however, as a substantial range of additional distribution details have now been issued by Nintendo of America. It'll be possible to grab codes at a variety of venues and events, and even as a bonus for downloading upcoming Pokémon Virtual Console releases. The full details from the official website are below.
- Codes will be distributed at select cinema locations nationwide from Nov. 7–Nov. 13 (while supplies last).
- Check with your local retailer during the holidays to find out about special demo code giveaways (while supplies last).
- Get a code with your purchase of the new Pokémon Art Academy game (out Oct. 24) when you buy from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system.
- You’ll also get a code with your purchase of one of two classic Pokémon games coming to the Virtual Console service on Nintendo eShop: the Pokémon Puzzle Challenge game (out Nov. 6) or the Pokémon Trading Card Game (out Nov. 13). You'll find your free demo code on your eShop receipt (download codes available while supplies last).
- Codes will be emailed the week of Oct. 31 to select Nintendo customers with Nintendo Network IDs who have signed up to receive promotional emails from Nintendo.
- Codes will also be distributed during the holiday mall tour from Nov. 24‒Dec. 21 at 16 different locations throughout the nation. Talk to a staff member to try out Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire or any of the featured Nintendo 3DS games to receive two codes—one for you, and one for a friend (while supplies last). Check back soon for a list of tour locations.
Plenty of opportunities before and after the release of the full games, with the unique items and 'mon picked up from the demo being fully transferable to the main titles.
Are you a US 'mon fan that'll be jumping on a chance to grab one of these demo codes? Let us know in the comments below.
Thanks to Chase Armstrong for the heads up.