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Pokemon Ruby

Game Boy Advance
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone Everyone
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Pokémon Ruby's updated graphics with weather effects, amazing sound, more than 200 Pokémon with over 100 new species--as well as its faithful adherence to the existing series of Pokémon games--makes for a welcome evolution in the series.

First, the game has a lot in common with Pokémon games Silver, Gold, and Crystal. For example, players can choose to be a boy or a girl trainer, an internal clock sets events at certain times, and you’re the game's handy-dandy Pokédex helps players keep track of the many stats. You're main goal is still to beat all the Gym Trainers and become the Pokémon Master. If you've played the old games, you will be right at home. But not all is the same.

The most obvious change is in the battles themselves. Now that two Pokémon can fight on your side at the same time, you can tag-team them against an enemy by taking advantage of the strengths of your Pokémons while covering their weaknesses. For example, you can now have a water Pokémon watch your fire Pokémon's back. You can also attack more than one Pokémon at a time.

A whole new element to the game focuses on how berries are used in battle. And if you collect enough berries, you can take them to a Berry Blender and make a PokéBlock, which is a little super-charged candy that raises your Pokémon's "Condition" attributes. You can then groom your Pokémon for regional contests and compete for ribbons like "Best of Show," which will unlock additional contests. There's even strategy in how to best use your berries: pick too many and the berry tree will disappear; plant berries, though, and a tree will grow. You can also build a Secret Base in special areas of the game, which you can decorate just like you can your room.

And let us not forget that Pokémon Ruby has a kickin' multiplayer system, too. You can trade Pokémon, and link up to four players for incredible battles. The only downside is that you can't link up with the old Game Boy Color games. --Bryan Karsh


  • You can control two Pokémon in battle
  • Much needed graphic and sound facelift
  • Nice multiplayer feature (requires link cable and extra game cartridge)
  • Can't trade Pokémon with Game Boy Color

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Pokemon Ruby [Game Boy Advance] For the Game Boy Advance

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best pokemon games to date. July 8 2004
Format:Video Game
Yes this game is the old same old same old. Additionally, many of the best features of gold and silver are missing, however the game still stands tall above the rest!
Recommended for anyone who can read! Seriously it is that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a game worth waiting for. May 23 2013
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
It is everything we had hoped for, adventure, old favourite characters and a predictable plot line. We highly recommend this one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Sapphire Excellent Review May 3 2013
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
This product was a gift for somebody else and it was as advertised in like new condition. I was very happy with this especially since my gift recipient was thrilled with the excellent condition of the game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cool game July 4 2004
Format:Video Game
The only reason i gave it 4 out of 5 stars is it because it is sooooooooo easy game.I completed the game and captured many pokemons include the legendary pokemon(regirock,....etc) in 16 hours. But it is very intresting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Ruby Oct. 22 2013
By Peggy
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
My son was very pleased with the condition of the game, service, shipping time and enjoyment of playing the game.
Will definitely order again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Video Game
Pokemon 3 (Ruby and Sapphire versions.) The third installment in the Game Boy Pokemon RPG series.
Nintendo's Pokemon franchise became a massive success in its native Japan relatively quickly. Although it took the franchise a little longer to catch on in America, it finally did catch on, and when it did, it took the nation by storm. Pokemon games and products sold like crazy, despite the fact that the franchise was virtually unrecognized in America at its time of release. By 2003, the phemonenon was pretty much dead in America, but still, Nintendo went ahead and released the two latest adventures in the series, Ruby and Sapphire. How do these games up? Read on for my review.
-THIS GAME GIVES YOU MORE OF THE SAME MONSTER CATCHING AND BATTLING ACTION THAT YOU HAVE GROWN TO LOVE IN THE FIRST AND SECOND GAMES. To put it simply, if you liked the first game, it's quite unlikely that you won't like this one.
-THE GAME GRAPHICS ARE DRASTICALLY IMPROVED OVER THOSE OF THE PREDECESSOR TITLES. In this game, the graphics are not only improved, but the game is also optimized to make usage of the Game Boy Advance's thirty-two bit technology. It's nothing earth-shattering, but it's as good as a Game Boy Advance game like this can look!
-IT'S NOT JUST A REHASH OF EARLIER GAMES. Although the game uses the same general formulas, the game is entirely new, and the world is much larger this time around. Even after you beat the game, there is still a ton of stuff to do, like capture all of the creatures in the game and train new monsters. The game even introduces the concept of two-on-two battles!
-NINTENDO DESIGNED THIS GAME WITH PLAYER CONVENIENCE IN MIND. Remember how in the first games you had to go through all those menus just to use an item (like your bike or fishing pole?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sapphire Rocks!! July 3 2004
By Sableye
Format:Video Game
This is one of the best pokemon games I own (which is a lot). Pokemon Sapphire let's you choose to be a boy or girl and you choose your own starter pokemon. THe choices are Treeko (grass), Torchic (fire), or Mudkip (water). All of them are awesome although I started out with Torchic.
Pokemon Sapphire also has a 2-on-2 battle mode. Fighting with 2 pokemon can be lots of fun.
The graphics are much better than the other pokemon games.
Another cool feature that I like is the new attacks. They are simply awesome! Blaze Kick and Sky Uppercut are some of my favorite attacks in the game.
-Cool graphics
-New attacks
-2-on-2 battle mode
-New pokemon
-Can't trade with Red/Bluee/Yellow/Gold/Silver/Crystal
Well, that's all I can think of. I hope you get this game. It rocks!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought a Pokemon Ruby Oct. 7 2013
By Erika
Format:Video Game|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought a used version of Pokemon Ruby for Gameboy Advance from the dealer. Upon opening up the package, I discovered it is not what I bought but Pacman. Even though it is well used, it was noted by the seller it was used but in good condition, but this Pacman was not in good condition, but had scratches all over it.

Reached out to the seller to identify it was not the game that we ordered and provided a picture upon contacting them the first time. The seller then requested us to provide him more verbal description of the product. I then contacted Amazon.ca and they forwarded an email on my behave. Requesting a return with an exchange and the cost of the item to be shipped back. Mentioned as well, to the CSR at Amazon.ca, the envelop that was sent to us, seems to contain childs hand writing, concerned the seller is a minor and not the regulated age that Amazon.ca requires.

Today we received an email requesting us to return the item. That if he sent us the correct item, he would be at a loss of monies. Seems odd, all the seller would be at a loss of, is the coverage of the postage to return and send the correct item. We aren't asking to keep the Pacman and expecting another Gameboy Advance game ontop. I only want to exchange as he still has it advertised and confirmed by Customer Service now twice, that he still has it for sale on the Amazon.ca. While speaking with Customer Service today, I printed out the return label that I will have to pay for first and then get my return of monies for my item and shipping, I Facebooked the sellers name and it matched a minor in the same city and province. Expressed my concern to the the CSR for Amazon.ca, that minors are selling on the site. Pokemon Ruby
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