Pokemon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby Trailer Reveals New Features, Evolutions, & More!

I didn’t think I could be much more excited for the new Pokemon games…and then I saw this new trailer.  Some of the new features coming to the game look amazing and like thigns fans have been asking for, for a long time.  Yes, you can actually FLY your Pokemon this time around!

Obviously more Mega Evolutions (they’re not going anywhere people) are coming and continue to look really cool, but what’s really exciting is the return of PokeNav in PlayNav Plus:

PokéNav Plus is a new tool designed to help players navigate their journey across the Hoenn region. PokéNav Plus is packed with applications to help players find hidden or specific types of Pokémon in tall grass via the DexNav, check all kinds of Hoenn region information via the AreaNav, and view news from around Hoenn and from other players whom you¹ve passed with BuzzNav.

The PlayNav function offers three popular features that first appeared in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y – the Player Search System (PSS), Pokémon-Amie, and Super Training. The PSS allows players to trade Pokémon and battle with others nearby or around the world with a Wi-Fi connection. Trainers can play with their Pokémon and feed them treats called Poké Puffs in Pokémon-Amie, and the bond between Trainer and Pokémon will grow. Super Training is a fun way to prepare your Pokémon team for battle. PlayNav also allows players to manage their O-Powers, special advantages that can be kept or shared with others as the game progresses, and view announcements via the Holo Caster.

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This will make hunting down rare or hard to find Pokemon even more thrilling, adding in an extra layer to the gameplay itslef.  I’ve long wanted the ability to sneak up on Pokemon and find them rooting around in the wild, instead of waiting to see what my random encounter would turn up.  For me, this is a great step in the right direction, and something I hope gets incorporated more into future installments.  You know what’s cooler than that?  Freaking flying a Pokemon around the map!

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced that the Legendary Pokémon Latios can be discovered in Pokémon Omega Ruby while Latias can be discovered in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire when the titles launch November 21 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. These high-flying Dragon- and Psychic-type Pokémon can Mega Evolve fly freely through the skies of the Hoenn region. Trainers can hop on the back of their Mega Latios or Mega Latias and navigate the region through the air at high speed while performing midair tricks and hairpin turns. This brand-new method of travel, called Soar, takes a player¹s Pokémon adventure to new heights and provides access to Mirage spots, where rare Pokémon – including Legendary Pokémon – and valuable items may appear. 

It was also revealed today that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire players will be able to obtain the Eon Ticket later this year, granting them access to the Hoenn region¹s Southern Island where they can encounter and catch Latias in Pokémon Omega Ruby or Latios in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. This is the only way players can catch these Legendary Pokémon in-game, as they cannot be caught during normal gameplay.

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This is just neat.  In X & Y, they introduced the ability to ride certain Pokemon around for travel, offering up way more interesting ways of travel than doing everything via animations (like Fly).  Seeing this addition has me eager to try it out….which may come a little sooner, as a special demo of the game is inbound: 

Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS owners can soon embark on a series of special Hoenn adventures by downloading the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version. The Special Demo Version gives players a glimpse of the adventure coming on November 21, including the chance to battle with Sceptile, Blaziken, or Swampert and seeing their Mega-Evolved forms in action!

To obtain the Special Demo Version, players first need to obtain a serial code and head to the Nintendo eShop on their Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 2DS device to download the Special Demo Version.

Pokémon fans who have a Pokémon Trainer Club account and have opted to receive the Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter will receive a serial code for the Special Demo Version when the newsletter is emailed to them on October 21. Get a Pokémon Trainer Club account at no cost at Pokemon.com by October 19 to receive the October 21 newsletter and Special Demo Version serial code.

Lots of great new Pokemon information today, and I couldn’t be happier.  While I’ve always loved the franchise, I’ve been yearning for something more and new.  They made great strides with X & Y, and don’t show any signs of slowing down.  What do you guys think about these new additions? 

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby hit the 3DS systems on November 21, 2014.