A bunch of information on Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has been revealed on the official Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire website this morning, elaborating on what was recently revealed in this month's Japanese CoroCoro magazine. Additionally, the Japanese and Korean demos have revealed two completely new Mega Evolutions, Mega Steelix and Mega Glalie.
Last, but not least, the availability of the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo codes has been revealed for the US and Canada! North American trainers need to have an account registered on Pokemon.com by October 19th in order to receive a special serial code sent via the Pokémon Trainer Club newsletter (e-mail) on October 21st that enables players to download a demo version of Omega Ruby and/or Alpha Sapphire.
In the trailer above, you can see Mega Latios and Mega Latias both being revealed, the new Soar function, which allows you to find strong legendary Pokémon from previous games, such as Dialga, Palkia, Zekrom, and Reshiram, plus you can even see the new PokéNav Plus in use. Not only that, but in the trailer, you get a brief glimpse of another two new Mega Evolutions — Mega Pidgeot and Mega Beedrill!
New Mega Evolutions
- Mega Latios receives a buff to both its Special Attack as well as its Attack, while Mega Latias receives boosts to its defensive stats.
- Mega Pidgeot has the No Guard ability and has increased Special Attack to help ensure moves like Hurricane and Air Slash hit all the time, and for heavy damage.
- Mega Beedrill gets the Adaptability ability, which increases the power of its STAB moves (Same Type Attack Bonus) from 150% to 200%, meaning its Bug- and Poison-type moves have a nice increase in power. That combined with its explosive increase in Attack and Speed means it could be a potent threat.
- Mega Steelix supposedly gains the Sand Force ability, to increase the power of its moves during a sandstorm. Stat changes are presently unknown.
- Mega Glalie apparently has Refrigerate for its ability. Stat changes are presently unknown.
Soaring Across Hoenn
- By using the Eon Flute, which is received during an in-game event with Steven Stone and either Latios or Latias (depending on your version), you can summon the respective Eon Pokémon and Soar across the Hoenn region!
- While in the air, you can do tricks and fly freely, riding around on either Mega Latios or Mega Latias.
- You can fly to and from just about any location in Hoenn, even landing in otherwise inaccessible areas.
- You can fight against wild Pokémon in Sky Battles while in the air, such as Taillow, Wingull, Pelipper, and Swablu.
- There are special Mirage Spots which you can find while soaring or in certain areas accessible only by soaring. These Mirage Spots contain powerful legendary Pokémon from previous games, such as Ho-Oh, Lugia, Dialga, Palkia, Reshiram and Zekrom.
- The PokéNav has been upgraded to the PokéNav Plus in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, plus it appears you get it much earlier in the game.
- There are several different modes of the PokéNav Plus, which get unlocked throughout the game. These include the DexNav, the AreaNav, the BuzzNav, and the PlayNav.
- The DexNav helps you complete your Pokédex by scanning the area around you for new Pokémon. This can even include other NPCs Pokémon to register them in your Pokédex.
- You can also use the DexNav to search for hidden Pokémon, which may have hidden abilities or moves. The DexNav can also be used to restrict your encounters to a certain species.
- The AreaNav is like the Town Map of previous games, except not only can you look up information on each area, but there are several different modes available.
- The AreaNav: Places mode is the one most like the Town Map, but you can fly to any location directly from the map assuming you have a Pokémon capable of using Fly (and the required Gym Badge).
- The AreaNav: Pokémon mode shows you available Pokémon in the selected area, while the AreaNav: Trainer's Eye mode is similar to the Match Call feature of the old PokéNav, where you can find out about Trainers on certain areas as well as see whether they're ready for a rematch or not.
- Lastly, the AreaNav: Berries mode allows you to keep track of the berries you've planted in the different areas in Hoenn.
- The BuzzNav shows news about the Hoenn region and TV shows, plus it can also update you whenever you StreetPass with people.
- PlayNav is basically your gateway for the bottom-screen features for Pokémon X and Y, giving you access to the PSS (and, by extension, O-Powers, Wonder Trade, the Holo Caster, and the GTS), Pokémon-Amie, and Super Training.
- The Eon Ticket has been announced for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which allows you to get the Eon Pokémon unavailable in your game to complete the pair of Latios and Latias. Details on how and when this will be available have yet to be announced.
- The Special Demo Version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Sapphire can be played an unlimited number of times and give you the ability to Mega Evolve either Sceptile, Blaziken, or Swampert. These Pokémon also will come with their special Move Tutor move — either Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn, or Hydro Cannon — earlier in the game than they're normally available.
- Mega Rayquaza is also confirmed to Mega Evolve in a rather unique way compared to other Pokémon and that all will be revealed when Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are available.
- According to two separate interviews, Pokémon X and Y will not be patched to include ORAS Mega Pokémon and Trainer Customization is unavailable in ORAS.
As for pictures and screenshots? Well, there's a whole bunch behind the Read More break (if you're viewing this on the front page), so check 'em out: