Three new Mega Evolutions have been confirmed for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as well as a special surprise for the games’ unique legendaries.
Thanks to information from Japanese CoroCoro Magazine (available for English readers here,) information is available on three new Mega Evolutions for the new games. Torchic’s Mega Evolution was previously revealed in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, but both Mudkip and Treeko will join their fellow starter with new Mega Evolutions of their own. The more recent Legendary Diancie will receive a Mega Evolution as well.
Some changes will come to the starters with the arrival of their new Mega Evolutions. Mudkip’s third form, Swampert, will gain the ability “Swift Swim” in its Mega form. Treeko’s max form, Sceptile, will gain the “Lightning Rod” ability as well as the addition of the Dragon type when in its Mega form. This will make many new tactics available to players with both starters once their Mega Evolutions have been obtained.
In addition to these new Mega Evolutions comes a brand new type of evolution. Currently called Ancient Devolution, the new type of evolution will affect both Groudon and Kyogre, granting both Pokemon new versions for players to experiment with. Primal, Prehistoric, or Primeval Groudon and Kyogre (English names are currently uncertain) will likely be quite different than their normal counterparts, with changes in the Pokemon’s designs on their respective game covers being used as a basis for the appearance changes to come with the evolutions.
Excitement has already been riding high for the remakes. With the introduction of Torchic as a bonus Pokemon available in X and Y, the rumor mill has been active concerning remakes of Ruby and Sapphire for some time. Now that Nintendo has officially announced the games’ existence, including intentions for release around November of 2014, fans have been clamoring for any information they can get.
The original Ruby and Sapphire made many great additions to the Pokemon series with their original release on the Game Boy Advance. By introducing elements like the running shoes and team battles the games helped to keep the series fresh, and many players are looking forward to seeing what the jump to 3D and addition of newer series mechanics will introduce to the classics in turn.
With E3 at hand it is almost a given that Nintendo will be releasing more information about the new Pokemon games. Along with their recent release of Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, 2014 is shaping up to be an excellent year for Nintendo, one that will hopefully help to recover some of their lost thunder with the Wii U.