It’s been a little while since any significant new information about Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire has been released. There’s still a sense of mystery as to what will change and what will stay the same. And though we’re not any closer to that answer, Nintendo has released a new Japanese trailer giving an overview of all the games’ features. There’s not much new stuff in there and none of it is exactly mind-blowing, but we thought we’d let the old Analysis Machine give it a look-over just to see if there are any secrets and hidden details to be found. So what did it find? Well, let’s take a closer look. One of the most common things seen in this new trailer is all of the new areas we can see. They’re not brand new of course, but it is our first look at places like Pacifidlog Town and the Desert Ruins.

We even get expanded scenes like the meeting with Maxie in Slateport City’s Oceanic Museum or the encounter with Archie at Meteor Falls. We doubt that the plot involving the two Teams will change much, but the presentation is definitely getting an upgrade. We do have to admit that seeing all the lines on Maxie’s face can make him seem a bit freaky though. Continuing on, we get a brief look at Mount Pyre as well as Mossdeep City. Then there’s Sootopolis City both in front of the Gym and inside it, showing a bit of its new puzzles. Along with those, we get to see the new Team Aqua submarine in action, this time redesigned to look like a Sharpedo. Even though we doubt it’s intentional, it is a bit of a nod to Team Rocket’s Magicarp sub from the anime.

Then there’s this new path that we think could lead to the members of the Elite Four, specifically Sid since the things falling from the sky look very similar to the ones that can be seen during the battle with Sid’s Shiftry. But the last new area is potentially the biggest as we can see the trainer using the Acro Bike to perform some bunny hops. And the area he’s doing this in looks a lot like a remade Safari Zone based on the nearby rails.

It would be the first indication that the feature is indeed returning for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. And along those lines, it is an intriguing thought that we have yet to see any of the locations introduced in Emerald such as the Battle Frontier. Maybe that will be a surprise when the game comes out, but we’d certainly like to see many of the post-game ideas introduced in Emerald carried over to these remakes. There is one more area shown that we’ve seen before, but we got a much better look at it. This is the one of Steven Stone standing in front of an ancient mural that depicts the cataclysmic events that will occur if the Legendary Pokémon are awakened. It mostly seems there to flesh out the story though it does seem that Groudon is much larger here than he actually is.

This could be a direct reference to his Primal Reversion form. Speaking of which, we also get to see both him and Kyogre awakening with the cutscene showing the surface of their bodies cracking. Could this be a part of Primal Reversion? It seems like it could be the case as eventually the two are encased in a jagged crystal before appearing in their new forms.

The process is very similar to Mega Evolution though with the cracking and jagged edges, it seems a lot more dangerous. Along with all of these hints to the story and locations, we also got a short look at the new diving animation. What’s interesting is that the trainer isn’t riding on some nondescript shadow of a Pokémon but a Wailmer. Is Wailmer the default Pokémon now like Lapras was for surfing in older generations? Or will the trainer actually ride the Pokémon that uses the move? At the very least, it’s neat to see all the little details when diving such as the trainer wearing a breathing device or the Corsola swimming past in the background. Later on though, we also get a look at the trainer surfing, once again on Wailmer. This still doesn’t answer our question, but it would be interesting to see them take the extra step. Then there’s perhaps the strangest scene in the entire trailer. The trainer is actually sneaking through the tall grass in order to presumably grab a Pikachu.

What exactly is going on here? We’re not sure which Route this is precisely, but we suspect it’s either on Route 119 near the Weather Institute or maybe Route 120. If it is 119, could this be an event related to the Weather Institute? Or maybe it has some kind of connection to a new Steven Stone encounter? Or maybe it’s as simple as another Pikachu-specific feature? We really don’t know. At the very least, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire seem to be sticking pretty closely to the originals while still updating features, visuals, and the story.

Even the opening cutscene seems to be reminiscent of the original games. We’re curious how the final game will turn out, but if we missed anything, be sure to let us know in the comments. If you liked this video, be sure to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at GameXplain to keep up with everything we do. Thanks for watching, and make sure to stay tuned to GameXplain for more on Pokémon and other things gaming too..

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