Nintendo recently released a torrent of new info on Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, showing that while these may be remakes, they’ll have enough changes to the gameplay systems that it’ll feel like a brand new game. But you know us. We want to take an even closer look with the old Analysis Machine and while there might not be much actually hidden in the trailer, it will provide a better sense of what this new content entails. With that said, be sure to watch our previous analyses as we’ll only be covering the new content here. So like many of the recent Pokémon trailers, this one shows off some of the new Mega Evolutions. First up is Mega Pidgeot who will have a boosted Special Attack and gain the ability No Guard. Along with it is Mega Beedrill who gets a boosted Attack and Speed as well as the Adaptability ability. These two are exciting enough, but there were two more Megas unveiled that weren’t showcased in the trailer but in released screenshots; that being Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie. Unfortunately, we have no details on what kind of stat boosts the two will get, but Mega Steelix will have the Sand Force ability while Mega Glalie will have Refrigerate.
These all look like potentially great additions that could really change up trainer strategies, but arguably the two biggest additions are Mega Latios and Latias. And judging by the trailer it looks like Mega Latios can only be acquired in Omega Ruby while Mega Latias is exclusive to Alpha Sapphire. What’s strange is that the two look extremely similar when Mega evolved, but there are differences. It’s not immediately obvious but Mega Latios is larger and has red irises. The Mega Evolution also grants Latios greater Speed, Attack, and Special Attack as well as the Levitate Ability. Mega Latias is smaller than its counterpart and possesses yellow irises. It also gets a boost to Speed and the ability Levitate, but its Defense and Special Defense increases instead.
But the Mega Evolution for the two alone is not what makes them special. It’s the Eon Flute that the player can eventually obtain. Using it will allow you to be able to freely fly around Hoenn on either of the Megas. This new soaring ability has a similar style to flying around in airships in classic Final Fantasies and, like those games, this allows you to land on any route, island, or town. You can even perform tricks while on the way and the day/night cycle changes the look of Hoenn. Besides just flying around the region, you can enter battles with wild Pokémon. In the distance in the trailer, you can see a flock of birds. If you fly into them, it will start a Pokémon battle.
And thanks to the released screenshots, we have a better look at what the flocks look like as well as what the aerial battles will be like. Interestingly, you won’t be limited to just Flying Pokémon during these encounters. The biggest thing that you can do while Soaring though is find Mirage Spots. These dark passages can only be found in the sky or on previously inaccessible islands. However, even if you do find them, you won’t be able to enter until certain conditions are fulfilled. We still don’t know if the game will provide those conditions but we do know what the Mirage Spots contain. They give you a chance of catching past Legendary Pokémon like Ho-Oh, Lugia, Dialga, Palkia, Reshiram, and Zekrom.
One of the major ideas of the game is that the Pokédex can be completed simply by owning all of the 3DS Pokémon games. But even more than Soaring around Hoenn, the new PokéNav Plus truly adds to the game. First of all, it includes the DexNav which will allow you to see which Pokémon can be found in each area. From the trailer we can see the trainer has caught or at least encountered a Taillow and a Zigzagoon already, but there are shadows of other Pokémon as well. This will allow players to easily see if they’ve caught every Pokémon that can be found in an area. Additionally, it can find hidden Pokémon in the grass that then appear with their tails sticking out. The player can then sneak up on that Pokémon and start a battle specifically with it. But even better is that the DexNav will also provide details on that Pokémon. At its most basic, it can tell you what level the Pokémon is at.
But as you increase the DexNav’s search level by finding different species with it, it can also show the Pokémon’s first move, ability, and even what kind of potential it has. And if you want, you can set the Nav to solely search for that Pokémon that you’ve identified. Finally, just interacting with Pokémon in the overworld will register them in the DexNav whether they’re hanging out with their trainer or flying by on their own. There’s also the AreaNav which is essentially a refined map.
Not only does it show the region along with its towns and routes, but it can be focused to show Pokémon, trainers that you’ve battled before, your Secret Bases, and even berries. Going a little further, you can also use the AreaNav to quickly travel between towns if one of your Pokémon knows Fly. It may even be possibly to travel directly to one of your Secret Bases, a berry location, or a trainer once it tells you that he or she’s ready for a rematch. It looks to be incredibly useful for quickly visiting hotspots around the world. Next is the BuzzNav which is actually a series of in-game shows that provides info on various Pokémon, routes, and characters as well as potential in-game events.
It seems mostly useful for tips and hints to players, but there is StreetPass functionality where the more people you pass, the more programs you can unlock. The rest of PokéNav Plus is the Player Search System from X & Y. Everything that you could do in that game with the system carries over into Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. This of course includes Pokémon-Amie and Super Training. And while it’s not directly related, it has been confirmed that character customization is not returning for the remakes. The character you choose will forever stay that way. The new functionality that’s being added to Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire is truly exciting. Not only is it giving breadth and depth to the world by having locations off the beaten path, but it’s making it slightly easier for players to catch them all and even find the exact type of Pokémon they want for their team.
It won’t be long until we can see for ourselves as the game releases in a little more than a month. Of course, if we missed something, please 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. Thanks for watching, and make sure to stay tuned to GameXplain for more on Pokémon and other things gaming too..
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