Thoughts – Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo

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Earlier today, I received a code for the Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire demo. As soon as I got home from work, I opened up the email again to redeem it on my 3DS aaaaaaand

pokecodeHey! Where’d my code go? Rude!

Turns out I wasn’t the only one having issues with the code. Luckily, it seems like The Pokemon Company is on the case.

After reopening the email in a few different browsers, the code magically appeared. Next thing I knew, I was downloading a demo for a remake of a Pokemon game that I never fully appreciated.

When Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire were released in March of 2003, I was pretty stoked. I had been a fan of the series since the original Game Boy games, and absolutely adored the GBA hardware. It seemed like a match made in heaven, but just days after picking up my copy of Ruby at the game’s launch, I had completely lost interest. Thinking back on it, perhaps large reason the game didn’t click for me was the lack of a social experience. When R/S launched, my friends whom I had battled and traded with throughout high school were now in college, and things were a bit different.

Fast-forward over a decade into the future. As I’m typing this, my wife yells from the bedroom: “we need to go to GameStop this weekend!” “To get Shiny Gengar?” I respond, remembering an email I received from the store this afternoon. “Yeah!” I hop over to Twitter to see my friends, other grown-ass men and women in their 20s and 30s, posting impressions of this very demo.

I don’t think the social element will be an issue this time around- funny how life works out sometimes.

But yeah, the demo!

At first glance, the game looks an awful lot like Pokemon X and Y, right down to the lack of 3D on the overworld. However, little additions, like the new BuzzNav on the touch screen, help the game’s appearance feel fresh.IMG_2983[1]

This 24 hour Pokemon news cycle seems to primarily be fluff pieces, but subtly adds to the immersion in The World of PKMN.

What I found to be the most striking aspect of the presentation however, was the music. I don’t really remember the music from Ruby, so I’m not sure what’s new and what’s remixed here, but I really dug what I heard- absolutely lovely and catchy stuff!

The demo is short and linear, but still manages to feel substantial.

It’s like

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and like yeah totally

IMG_2991[1]then cute outfit

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IMG_3021[1]…and so on.

This demo was just enough of a tease to get me really excited about revisiting my “lost” Pokemon game. And this time, I won’t be alone 🙂

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