Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire is a bit of a big deal, bringing back and remastering two of the franchise's most beloved titles with all of the bells and whistles that the 3DS and the new 3D graphics engine allow. As it could be a title that's enjoyed on a daily basis, it may also be a good candidate for an eShop download as opposed to a physical cart.
You'll need a fair amount of space if that's your choice, however, as images of the download cards in Japan show that the titles will be roughly 1.8GB in Japan; we imagine they'll be a similar size in the West, potentially a little larger due to additional languages and localisation details. This is only around 100MB bigger than Pokémon X & Y, which was also sizeable. For context, that'd barely fit on the default 2GB SD card with a standard 3DS model, and would demand a little under half of the provided 4GB card in a 3DS XL. Nintendo, clearly aware of such issues, will include a 4GB micro-SD card with both the XL and standard 'New' Nintendo 3DS models.
Also recently released in Japan is an excellent new trailer for the titles, which includes plenty of lovely footage. If you want to play a fun game count how many times Pokémon is said in the video — quite a challenge.
Let us know what you think of this file size and the footage below.
@SanderEvers Does that work? I thought you can only use upto 32 GB SD card......
That's more like it! But now i fear for the remastered soundtrack
I've a 16GB SDXC card, I actually thought I had a 32GB one in my 3DS but surprised myself the other day when I looked at it. I usually go digital on most of my game purchases, but the Limited Edition steel box Alpha Shapphire must be mine!
@Artwark It works. You just need to reformat it to FAT32. Using a 128gb card myself.
I am glad I waited with buying a new 32/64GB SD card, now I can get one that works on the New 3DS My 16GB has been full for a while now and I already had to delete 5 full-sized and 13+ eShop games.
@Punished_Boss: don't worry, both the physical and digital versions of the game have the same high-quality soundtrack just like XY.
@AyeHaley No I fear for the soundtrack, some of it is faithful, some it is just making me fear. And don't mention XY to me, that just increases my fear!
There is so much beauty in this trailer, what with Mt. Pyre, Mossdeep, Sootopolis(wish we could've seen more of it), some of Dive, and the cutscenes like the submarine takeoff and Groudon/Kyogre obviously.
Looks like Japan is getting some nice figurines, too. )-:
That's fine with me. I have a 32GB card. I'm going to be downloading one of the games and the other one will be a physical copy. I have two kids who like Pokemon as much as I do.
i always get physical copies of games if possible so huge file size isnt a big deal for me. and i counted 18 pokemons! was i close?
I prefer physical copies for games such as Pokemon as well, so this isn't an issue for me- but I do hope it is indicative of a large amount of content. From what we have seen already it seems to have more content than XY. I'm glad my favorite Pokemon region to date is getting such an amazing overhaul. Mega Altaria looks amazing and can finally be used without that crippling 4x ice weakness!
Especially with the steelcases, I'll go asalways with physical copies.
One question though: is it entirely in 3D this time, or just parts, as with X and Y?
I have an XL with a 32GB SDHC Card
So I guess we're back to Japan getting it early? It's better than it was, but still.
Pokemon X was my first game that was Pokemon. I still have a hard time understanding the game and everyone's strategy differs from mine. Anyways I'll get either game.
@CaviarMeths I still don't think its really that safe to use. What SD card you have?
Its also the fact that because Nintendo warned users to use only upto 32 GB cards, a lot might just miss the chance of using 128 GB cards.
While I think digital is the future, the file size is why I still choose physical if available. I like the pretty boxes and the way you can borrow games from friends as well.
Japan gets it the same day ad the US, Nov. 21st
Could you guys use a microSD with SD adapter on the 3ds? You might consider getting it if you'll get the New 3ds later.
A Female wrestling Pikachu...
@Shambo I share your query. Will this actually be in 3D this time?
That footage's frame rate was wayyyyy better than X and Y. I'll bet they've been showing it running on 'New' 3DS for the trailers.
After watching this trailer, I am very pleased with my decision to preorder Alpha Sapphire while I was at GameStop getting the Pinsirite yesterday.
The game box talks about it having limited 3D again, so don't get your hopes up.
With that said, if the framerate is more stable this time around, that is a step in the right direction.
Not sure why but the video isn't loading. Might just be me but I thought'd I mention it. The trailer looks really good. I love the scene where the protagonist is sneaking up on a Pikachu. That wasn't in the original right?
The game looks great is this trailer.
As these portable Pokemon games start to look better and better in full 3D it just makes me wish even more that there was a full HD 3D Pokemon game just like this on home console (specifically the Wii U in this case), with all the small but important graphical flourishes that would bring, like perfectly smooth edges to all the polygons and proper shaped shadows for example.
It really would sell Wii Us.
@Shambo @RainbowGazelle Only certain parts of the game is in 3D like in Pokemom X and Y.
I do have a 32gb card on my XL but I never use, only physical games to me.
The graphics are certainly smoother here compared to X and Y, which showed so many polygons at times it really ruined the immersion for me.
@Ralizah I think we can still hope with new 3DS, it's possible that there'll be an update later that enable 3D in all area on the new machine. (Well, we don't know excatly how much improvement of the new 3DS, so it's only something possible).
Hardly what I would call big. SD cards are much cheaper now than before, so there's no problem with these sizes.
Now on the Vita side....
Can't wait <3
I wish I could play it on the new 3DS XL but naaah. I hate how small and bad the original 3DS I own is. ugh.
I don't know if I'm going to get this game, I didn't care for Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire when I was a teenager, the game felt to me like a downgrade at the time compared to Pokemon Gold & Silver which had Night and Day, and two regions to explore.
Also I hope this game breaks it's self away from the Pokemon X & Y game design, because I hate how constricted X&Y's overworld felt, it's to zoomed in, and to the little areas in the game that allowed exploration simply felt to confining. Lastly Pokemon X&Y was just to easy, no challenge what's so ever.
Hmm, it's actually not that big. However, if we get the steels cases here in NA I might get it physical, they're beautiful
@Meaty-cheeky The game runs X & Y's engine, so it will be similar
@BLPs The idea of Pokémon is for it to be portable, to take with you and trade. It's a large part of why it's popular with both the younger audience and in Japan. If they were to remove it, it would damage the franchise.
1.8 gigabytes is considered large? Some games (admittedly not handheld) are well over 20 times that! The fact that they can keep it under 2 gigs is a testament to their skill at compression.
@BLPs That's easy. It'd have an incredibly increased budget, for a game that, even if the Wii U was selling well, would sell far less than its portable brethren.
It does not make good business sense.
@Serebii Those who choose not take risks will never know victory. If everyone lived with your mindset, a mindset of absolute caution, all amazing achievments in history wouldn't have happened. If you don't take the risk, you'll never shine. Sometimes a reckless action can bring far better prizes than relying on reason and paranoia. That's where the most classic of franchises started, from a risk.
@BlatantlyHeroic It has nothing to do with my "mindset", it has to do with me knowing Pokémon, the userbase of Pokémon, the fandom of Pokémon and the demographics of Pokémon.
@BLPs, I'm not saying the Wii U doesn't need it, I'm saying that, even if it was doing well, it'd be a horrific business decision. It would have a massively inflated budget and, due to the removal of a core aspect of Pokémon, would have severely diminished sales.
It's also not Nintendo's decision. While they own part of the franchise, they don't control the direction of it. That is done by Game Freak and Game Freak are the ones who have decided that, based on how Pokémon is, it will forever remain handheld for the main games. It's how the franchise is designed and a large part of why it sells.
Also, there has been nothing about a Conquest sequel other than a producer saying it would be nice.
@Serebii So in other words, you're claiming to be omniscient.
You don't have to be omniscient to know that putting Pokemon on the Wii U or any home console would not do nearly as well as it does on handhelds. Putting a main Pokemon game on a home console would ruin one of it's biggest selling points.
@RainbowGazelle We can only hope that such pointless gimmicks are abandoned in favor of making the game look and run as good as possible.
Talking about file size and all... I've been wondering, can the 3DS XL read and recognize micro SD cards in a SD Adapter? And, knowing that I only plan to download e-shop and download only titles (like senran kagura burst and phoenix wright dual destinies) how much space do you folks recommend me of getting?
P.S.: Pretty much basic stuff, I know, but I only own a 3DS for 6 months now, sorry Damn taxes and others fees make the wondrous thing be too much overpriced where I live, unfortunately...
@LawRulesALL yes it can, I use an 16gb micro SD in an adapter, in my 3ds.
I do not do a lot of downloading so 16gb is enough for me but it sounds like you may want to go larger. Although cost is always an issue.
@Redrex Thx buddy, this helped a lot!
@mjc0961 Maybe it's pointless to you, but the 3D is the whole reason I bought the 3DS! Unlike you, I don't think innovation is pointless. Take your arrogant comments elsewhere.
The hype is strong with me for this game.
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