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Pokemon RSE Remakes: Will they become a reality?

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by , 16th July 2013 at 10:47 AM (2274 Views)
Ever since the remakes of Pokémon Red/Blue, (Or Red/Green in Japan) also known as Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen, many fans were dying for remakes of older games. People wanted a remake for the games Pokémon Gold/Silver, which became a reality in 2009, known as Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver. Right after that, fans now want a remake of a much-loved game by the name of Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire. But due to the fact that Pokémon Black/White is drawing to a close due to the all-new Pokémon X/Y, it may seem unlikely that we'll ever get a remake of these memorable games.

Now before I theorize on whether or not they get remakes, I'll give out my opinion on it. Ruby is the first Pokémon game I owned (Not played, but owned.), and it indeed brings back memories. Personally, I find it the second most nostalgic Pokémon game I played. (Next to Diamond/Pearl, believe it or not. And I will admit that I have played Yelllow before getting Ruby.) Hoenn itself is a decent region due to the unique climate (Minus the surfing.) and introduced some nifty mechanics such as double battles. Heck, I have been actually playing Pokémon Emerald lately. And speaking of Emerald, I love the Battle Frontier, more so than the one in Sinnoh.

On the flip side, however, I think that Hoenn is rather limited in terms of Pokémon choice. Yeah, I do know that Hoenn has 135 Pokémon, which is the 3rd most large region, but it is probably because of bad typing or the amount of gimmicks they have. Not to mention that some Pokémon, even some fully evolved ones (I'm looking at you, Delcatty. >_>) have crummy stats. Not all Hoenn Pokémon are horrible though. There are still decent ones, such as Flygon and Manectric that can get the job done well. Besides the Pokémon though, there is a tonne of surfing and is always annoying to encounter Tentacools and Wingulls all the time. (I guess everyone is tired of it, though.) I do also feel that starting from the 2nd badge to the 5th, thing feel rather long paced, but that is probably me. Everybody thinks that R/S/E has the best soundtrack, but I don't find it great. But that's all I got to say. I have neatural feelings for these games.

Now back to my theory. Since FR/LG were released for Gameboy Advance whereas HG/SS was released for the Nintendo DS, it may seem unlikely that these R/S/E remakes will ever release on the 3DS, or maybe even the DS. And why do I say that? Well, both R/B/Y and G/S/C were made for the original Gameboy, whereas R/S/E is made for the Gameboy Advance. Now as I am thinking about it, both FR/LG and HG/SS were made for either marketing or to make completing the National Pokédex easier, though I'm leaning towards the latter more. Since the Gameboy didn't have many features compared to the Nintendo DS and such, it was made impossible to transfer your precious Pokémon from R/B/Y/G/S/C. You can transfer your Pokémon from R/S/E to D/P/Pt and B/W/B2/W2, however. The Gameboy Advance does indeed have the same plug-in for connecting with games as the Gameboy, but you couldn't connect R/B/Y/G/S/C with R/S/E due to glitches and all. (e.g., trading Gen III Pokémon to G/S/C causes glitches and vice versa for items.) R/S/E can also connect to D/P/Pt due to migration, so it isn’t hard.

Also, Junichi Masuda, the director of Pokémon games, replied to a person who questioned about R/S/E remakes at one point. Just a heads-up, Mr. Masuda played a large role when working on R/S/E, more so than the others. His answer is that he loves the games a lot, which tells me that it is unlikely that they'll get remakes. Because you know, remakes usually don't feel the same than the originals.

Lastly, I'll point out some things in Black and White, as well as their sequels. There is a lot of content that screams R/S/E, such as diving underwater, a Team Magma and Aqua grunt in Iccirus City, the Dive Ball returning to its original mechanic and the return of the exclusive items, the Shoal Salt and Shoal Shell. To me, they seem more like shout outs than hints for a R/S/E remakes since, like I said, B/W/B2/W2 is drawing to a close.

In conclusion, I have strong doubts that GF will develop R/S/E remakes. If they were to, it will be enhanced graphics and new, gimmicky mechanics. While it would be wonderful for GF to remake R/S/E, it is very unlikely that it will become a reality.

What are your thoughts?
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  1. Reila's Avatar
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    I hope so, I think Hoenn fans deserve the remakes. I am not a big fan of RSE/Hoenn in terms of characters, region and music, but I really like the choice of Pokémon in these games, at least. I would gladly welcome the remakes. That said, people might hate me or call me a genwunner for what I am going to say, but I would also like another Red and Blue remakes. I love Kanto, I just don't like Kanto Pokémon that much, but I would be able to transfer better ones from X&Y anyway. The issue with that is that if they don't remake RSE and remake RB again instead, I don't see the possibility of DP being remaked in Generation VII. :x

    Anyway, I am fairly sure they didn't make FR/LG to help people completing the Pokédex. They made them and HGSS because remakes = easy money for the company, developing a remake when the game engine is already built isn't that hard and doesn't take as much time as developing completely new entries in the franchise. Lets not forget that Nintendo is really into remaking their games and the 3DS already have quite a few remakes. Yeah, Pokémon isn't developed by Nintendo, but the company still own a huge part of the franchise. So yeah, after X&Y, I strongly believe they will release remakes, be them of RSE or of RB again.
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  2. Yato's Avatar
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    The last part where you pointed out that BW and B2W2 had hints of RSE features, I'd say RSE has a strong possibility of making a return in a few years. Pokemon is now on the 3DS - and excluding Pokemon X and Y, what other pokemon game could possibly bring out the most potential of the 3D features? Imagine the weather crisis in 3D. The graphic is going to be stunning.

    Also, if Mr. Masuda loves RSE so much, why wouldn't he develop and improve the Hoenn region? It doesn't have to be a copypasta of the exact same RSE plot years ago. It could be a sequel, like how HGSS was to FRLG. Or, they could create the RSE story from a different point of view, for instance, create an enhanced Emerald with Wally as the protagonist. They could create an extra dungeon for the icy cave where it's the only place where you can catch Ice-types. Or, speaking of Ice-types, they could replace Glacia with another E4 who specializes in Grass or Bug, one of the types that were increased in numbers in the Hoenn region. Maybe Steven becomes the president of Devon, and the Underground feature from DPPt makes a return. There are millions of ways they could remake the RSE games as long as their creativity doesn't waver. It doesn't have to be a copypasta with just enhanced graphics and gimmicky mechanics. You never know what cards they'll play.
  3. Codface's Avatar
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    Tbh pokemon has enough new regions. With 3d tech they can make old regions totally fresh. Not quite remake but maybe set couple of years later.
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  4. Miss Mew's Avatar
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    I need a remake. I cannot get a game boy advance, nor a DS Lite.
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  5. Caseydia's Avatar
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    I'm glad they didn't make any remakes so far. I hope they don't in the future. RSE is my favorite games and there is no need to upgrade them unlike with FR/LG.
  6. Rainbow's Avatar
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    I really hope so. RSE had some of my favorite characters, and they just so happen to have the least amount of art as well. Of course a remake would fix that :D
    I need more Steven, Wallace, and Archie

    Plus, the time based events have stopped working on both my Ruby and Sapphire. My Emerald is safe for now, but I'd only give it another year or two :/
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  7. Reila's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caseydia
    there is no need to upgrade them unlike with FR/LG.
    Yes, they do need to upgrade them. Gen III games are already very obsolete compared to the Gen V games, now just imagine how poor they will look and play after the release of X&Y. You will be always able to play the originals, if you don't want remakes.
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  8. Shiny Celebi's Avatar
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    I think there is a possibility. At this point, they won't be on the DS, Game Freak has moved on to the 3DS. After X/Y, I think it has a pretty good chance.
  9. crystallineEntropy's Avatar
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    tldr

    I am in full support of RS remakes, of course, and I believe that they will probably happen.
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  10. TheMissingno.'s Avatar
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    I want to believe...
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  11. Tsutarja's Avatar
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    I definitely believe we are going to get either remakes or a sequel... eventually.
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  12. Kane Dunestorm's Avatar
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    Oh dear god I hope so. Hoenn holds a special place in my heart. I have many fond memories of when I was in High School and battled with my friends during Lunch. It was the first generation in which I truly did multiplayer, and where I got into competitive battling (I even knew the Gen 3 only formula for calculating EVs from a Pokemon's listed stats).
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  13. Seba's Avatar
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    I really wish they did, it's the only region I haven't visited yet, so it would be totally fresh for me.
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  14. John Understands's Avatar
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    There will most likely be RSE remakes, but not until sometime after X and Y (a year or so) will they be announced. They could, but I don't see it all happening just yet.
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  15. Zeb's Avatar
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    I wouldn't mind R/S/E remakes at some point, but I won't be bothered if we don't get them either.
  16. Bolt the Cat's Avatar
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    I actually think now is the perfect time for remakes. They couldn't have done it 5th gen because of the timing in regards to the 3DS, it launched around the same time as BW1 and they couldn't let it go too long because they needed to switch over to the 3DS soon (BTW, they won't be going back to the DS, it's pretty much dead at this point). The short duration of 5th gen combined with the fact that it remained on the DS (which older models could still support GBA games) meant that it was too soon for RS remakes to be released. But after XY they have a good few years of 6th gen to fill, so they could release RS remakes if they want. Whether or not it actually happens is up to Game Freak, but I think it could happen.

    I'd like to see them make the remakes more like BW2 style sequels, allowing them to make more radical changes (different regional design, enhanced regional dex with 4th, 5th, and 6th gen Pokemon, improved plot, etc.) to the game than they would with a straight remake.

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