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'Pokemon Ruby' & 'Pokemon Sapphire' remakes on the way

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Nintendo has announced that there will be remakes of Pokemon Ruby & Pokemon Sapphire heading to the 3DS and 2DS handhelds coming this November named Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. This coming off the back of a financial report showing Nintendo's has had it's third annual loss seems like an attempt to pump up the base of Nintendo fans and move some units. Pokemon X & Pokemon Y were the fastest selling 3DS title to date with more than 12 million copies sold and it looks as the company is embracing the need for Pokemon from fans.

It isn't really a surprise to see Ruby & Sapphire getting a remake. Fans of the series have already seen remakes of Pokemon Red & Blue as well as Pokemon Silver & Gold editions of the game. There is no gameplay footage and nothing is really known about the remake to date. Will it just be a re-release for the new handhelds, or will it be completely overhauled in a 3D world in the style of Pokemon X & Y?

Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire originally launched in 2003 for the Nintendo Game Boy Advanced. The title in the series of Pokemon games introduced a brand new region for fans to run in called Hoenn. The starters were Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip with the rival in the game starting with the psychic type Ralts.

It's most likely a safe bet that the original starters, and the legendary Pokemon are going to be relatively untouched, but as one of the lackluster games in the series it would be nice for fans if something was done to touch them up. Nintendo has seen a lot of old games get remade in interesting and caring ways. With remakes of The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64 on the 3DS where both critically loved for their attention to detail. Also, on the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker saw a complete overhaul giving it the style and high definition needed for today's video game climate.

No hard facts are known about the game other then the name, the title and the release date that will be sometime in November. There is sure to be more information coming up at Nintendo's E3 Nintendo Direct broadcast that is just around the corner.

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