2 – Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire (Nintendo 3DS)
Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire stand as brilliant remakes of admittedly the most meme-worthy of the main series games to date. Game Freak took the same engines and beauty that made Pokemon X and Y stunning, and applied them to the quirkiness of Gen 3, trumpets and all. Though no major changes in systems from X & Y were implemented (and admittedly a bit was lost in the form of trainer customization), the reintroduction of “endgame” content such as the Delta Episode and Mirage Islands was a welcome change. Online sharing of Secret Bases allowed players at last to share their well-decorated shrubbery hideaways with friends miles away, something players had been happily dreaming of since wireless communication first arrived on Nintendo handhelds.
Hoenn is beautifully reworked into 3D, with gorgeous shots particularly at the Elite Four and locations such as Meteor Falls, plus completely reworked maps and storylines for places such as New Mauville and the Abandoned Ship. Laudable, too, was the reworked dialogue for Teams Aqua and Magma to make them more believable villains, where before they had come across as ludicrous. ORAS also added further characterization to your rival, Wally, plus some stunning new musical themes for both him and newcomer Zinnia. Easily the best of the remakes and better than its original, Pokemon ORAS is a polishing of what made X & Y truly great.
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