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'Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby' bonus pre-order pocket monster revealed

'Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby'
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

The bonus pocket monster has been announced for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS exclusive titles, "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby." According to a report from VG247 on Aug. 11, Nintendo revealed that players will be able to acquire a shiny version of Beldum for a limited amount of time. The special iteration features a unique look not found in the common pocket monsters from the same species.

To acquire the Shiny Beldum, players have to either pre-order or buy "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" early. Although Nintendo did not revealed when the distribution event will be ending, the promotion should go on for a few months. The company did something similar with Torchic in "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y," as players can download the fire-based creature from Oct. 12 of last year until Jan. 15 of this year.

Shiny Beldum also comes with a mega stone, which won't be useful initially. Players will need to raise the Beldum until it evolves into Metang, which should occur at level 20. They then have to raise Metang long enough to become Metagross, which evolves starting at level 45. With the aforementioned mega stone equipped, Metagross will have the ability to transform during the middle of battle into Mega Metagross, resulting in higher stats and newer abilities. An artwork featuring the new mega evolution can be seen near the top of this article (via the official "Pokemon" Twitter site).

"Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" are launching a little bit later compared to when "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" were released in 2013. The upcoming titles are slated to arrive on Nov. 21, just a week before Black Friday, in the United States. Both handheld role-playing games are also coming out on the same day in Japan and Australia while European countries should be getting the software products on Nov. 28. An official release date for Canada has not yet been announced by Nintendo.

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