The pre-order pages for "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" have been listed. According to a report from Breathe Cast on May 19, Newegg is now taking reservations for the handheld video games. The listings mentioned that the both products are priced at $39.99, which is the same as most new releases for the Nintendo 3DS including the recently-released "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y."
A release date of Nov. 30 was also provided. However, it is most likely a place holder since not many titles are launched during a Sunday. Furthermore, it wouldn't make any sense to release "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" right after Black Friday. Nintendo usually benefit more than other gaming companies during the popular shopping day as parents would stock up on Christmas gifts for their kids. The publisher did previously confirm that both items should be coming out sometime in Nov. of this year.
"Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" should be combining the elements from the original "Pokemon Ruby" and "Pokemon Sapphire" releases with some of the new features added in the sixth generation. For example, the new graphics engine and mega evolution feature from "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" will apparently be used again with the upcoming titles. You can find a screen showing one of the new mega evolution transformations, Mega Charizard X, from the official series' Facebook site with the image attached near the top of this article.
The original versions came out in 2003 exclusively for the Game Boy Advance. Players will be able to explore the Hoenn region as the areas should be completely remade with 3D graphics. A representative from Game Freak also recently teased that some alterations are going to be made to the combat system. As a result, "Pokemon Alpha Sapphire" and "Pokemon Omega Ruby" will eventually replace "Pokemon X" and "Pokemon Y" for official competitions. The change should not occur until next year, however, as Nintendo has several tournaments already set up for the first two installments of the sixth generation.