When Nintendo announced “Pokémon Alpha Sapphire” and Pokémon Omega Ruby” as remakes of the original games for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, it seemed natural that “Pokémon Emerald” would get the same treatment. A trademark discovered Thursday appears to confirm that will indeed happen.
Nintendo trademarked the name “Delta Emerald” in Japan according to a post by the Japanese gaming blog Esuteru and translated by Gematsu. The trademark was originally filed on May 2 and made public on May 29.
“Pokémon Emerald” was originally released in 2004 in Japan for the Gameboy Advanced, two years after “Pokémon Sapphire” and “Pokémon Ruby.” The game featured a tweaked plot and characters from the originals. For example, Team Magma was the antagonist while Team Aqua was the protagonist side in “Sapphire” and “Ruby.” However, “Emerald” makes both teams the antagonists after they each awaken Ground and Kyogre. The two Legendary Pokémon refuse to obey and cause the weather of the Hoenn region to go haywire.
Another change with “Emerald” is that some second generation Pokémon are made available outside of the Pokémon Colosseum, the National Pokédex is available without trading and Battle Frontier is added so that players can enter different competitions in various areas. Also, the starting Pokémon were Tochic, Mudkip and Treecko.
“Pokémon Alpha Sapphire” and “Pokémon Omega Ruby” are both set to release this November. There’s no indication of how long of a lag there will be between their release and the launch of “Pokémon Delta Emerald” yet.
The new versions of the games are remakes of the original 2D games with the 3D game engine of “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y.” Aside from that, some gameplay changes have been teased as well. In a recent episode of the Japanese children variety show “Pokémon Get TV,” the hosts hinted that Mega Evolutions will be a part of “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby.”