Nintendo have announced the development of two 'new' Pokemon video games for release later this year. Titled Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the latest instalments in the best-selling franchise of RPGs will take the form of remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance software products Pokemon: Ruby and Pokemon: Sapphire respectively, launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console.
What's new, then? As it happens, very little: the original versions of the beloved GBA titles tasked fans with taking control of a budding Poke-trainer who would go on to battle (no prizes for calling this one, folks!) eight Gym Leaders, the Elite Four and the reining global Champion in order to earn his or her place as the world's foremost expert on catching 'em all. Claiming that a franchise has made only minor progress over the course of an entire decade would be ignorant in most instances, yet as paradoxical as it may seem for a series which centres on the various evolutionary stages of its warring fantastical creatures, there really hasn't been a great deal of paradigm shifts for Pokemon since 2002 (and the seemingly predominant idiom 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' doesn't quite seem to fit the bill here, quite frankly). Nevertheless, the Poke-fanbase is as strong as ever, and if nothing else, this latest pair of remakes should at least offer up a fine greatest hits tour for the more nostalgic players among us.
Pokemon: Omega Ruby and Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire will retail for Nintendo 3DS this November.