Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire – A game or a toy?

Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire

It’s cute, yellow and cuddly — and now you can talk to it! One of the games that we were quite frankly afraid of at this year’s E3 was the one that featured the cutest critter ever to grace Nintendo — Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. These game features a first in Nintendo gaming: a feature that lets players interact with Pokemon on a verbal level. And that’s simply frightening.

Not necessarily in the “we’re going to die” sense, but more in the “we’re about to lose our lunch and get hooked on something mortifying” sense. Because, truth be told, Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire rom are one of our heroes. And we’re pretty excited to get a chance to talk to the electric rat. No, we’re not wetting our pants in glee at the prospect — but it does look like it’ll be pretty cool.

The game has been out in Japan for some time, and reportedly Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire really does react negatively when someone says “Nintendo” (or more accurately, “Nintend” — seriously, that’s how you have to pronounce it to make Pika mad). The game really isn’t a game at all — it’s more of a toy. Those who wish to interact with the Pokemon simply hold down the trigger and speak into their Nintendo 3DS; when they let go a bubble of speech shoots out at Pokemon. Players can be nice or mean, and Pokemon will react differently. You can train the critter to perform tricks and even join in on the fun when Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire meets up with some buddies.

Ultimately, this isn’t exactly the most awe-inspiring game coming down the line. But Nintendo definitely knows how to capitalize on a good thing, and the Pokemon franchise has been very good to the company. We expect this product to sell like hotcakes on Pokemon’s looks alone — but we’re also assuming that there will be some pretty innovative gameplay. At least we can hope. We’ll find out when the title ships internationally. In the meantime, here are some pretty pictures of a 3D of the game.