Nintendo announced this morning that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will come out for the 3DS in November of this year. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are updated versions of the Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon releases that debuted on the Game Boy Advance in 2003.
Since Pokémon is Nintendo’s most-popular and lucrative franchise, it is a no brainer as to why they are preparing new additions to the franchise. Nintendo reported a $457 million loss in the last fiscal year. In 2012, the company launched Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 for the Nintendo DS, and X and Y hit in October. With the additions of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, this now marks the third consecutive year that Nintendo adds to the franchise.
Pokémon games are always among the best-selling releases whenever Nintendo releases a set. That’s likely one of the major factors prompting the company to release more games in the series only about 13 months after the X and Y.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will likely feature upgraded visuals based on the 3D engine developer Game Freak employed in X and Y, which was the first fully 3D entry in the long-lived series. X and Y also featured detailed battle animations that will likely spruce up the familiar combat in Alpha and Omega.