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Pokemon Ruby - Game Boy Advance

Game Boy Advance
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)

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

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Great graphics and support for two-on-two Pokémon battles are just some of the exciting innovations in Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, the first Pokémon games for the Game Boy Advance. The main gameplay is similar to the previous Game Boy games--explore the games' towns solving puzzles and capturing, nurturing and training Pokémon to use in battles along your journey. The biggest gameplay breakthrough is that trainers can now take two Pokémon into battle instead of just one. Since each Pokémon offers a unique combination of strengths and weaknesses, doubling the number that can battle at once adds immeasurably to the games' richness and depth.

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire's graphics are greatly enhanced for the GBA. In the battle scenes, a rich palette and subtle shading gives both the trainer and the Pokémon themselves a great degree of realism, and the same meticulous attention to detail can be seen in the world scenes--artistic touches like ripples on a pond and intricate ironwork in a modern city bring the world of Pokémon to life like never before.

As with the previous Pokémon games on the original Game Boy, both Ruby and Sapphire include exclusive Pokémon, and you'll find that some species are common in one game and rare in the other--so trading with friends via the link cable is a must if you want to catch 'em all. As before, you can challenge a friend, but now you can also take part in two-on-two battles too. Link cable(s) and extra game cartridge(s) are required for multiplayer gaming.

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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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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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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST GAME I OWN!!!!! Feb. 7 2005
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
This is a GREAT game!!! Even if some people say it sucks, don't listen to them!But I still think that the latest game,Pokémon Emerald,is MUCH MUCH better.(Nintendo says it's gonna be released in english on April 2005!) OK,I WAS gonig to rate it 5 stars,but I took one away.Why? cause I wish it had more extras, like Firered,Leafgreen,and Emerald.The only extras it has are:
1.Catch or kill(lol)Groudon/Kyogre
2.Catch or beat the Regis
3.Beat the elite four(not realy an extra but whatever...)
4.Beat the battle tower
5.Catch or kill Rayquaza.
6.Become champ of contests
7.Chase and catch Latias/Latios
8.Get Jirachi with the colloseum bonus disk
9.Get Deoxys (don't know how)
10.Complete Pokédex and Nationaldex if possible
OK,I take back what I said earlier.That is a good number of extras. But if you want a Pokémon game with TOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNS of extras and stuff,get Pokémon Emerald. For more info on the games and lots of other stuff, check this AWESOME site:
Love this site. It's probably the best Pokémon site on the net!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cool! Nov. 21 2004
By sanim
Format:Video Game
Sapphire version is the same as ruby version.But you can't get some pokemon in each game's.It's far by better then the previous version.Graphics have improved,New pokemon contest's,2on2pokemon battle's,Pokemon ability's,Weather details,New HM and TM and more...The thing is with this game is that you can't trade with the previous pokemon game's.BUT!You can with Fire Red and Leaf Green versions.The other thing is that after the Pokemon league you can't do much stuff but there are somethings too do like: Battle Tower,The legendary's,Finish you'r pokedex,finish you're national pokedex,the contest's stuff like that but noo more big challenge's.These are the maximum cons i can think of but there are lot's and lot's of pros.The game is better then the previous versions.Have superb graphics for gba/sp,and more.
Pokemon contest's
New pokemon's
Up grade to the national pokedex
Weather details
2 ON 2 pokemom battle's
The new record changing conection's
New legendary's
The battle tower
New and improved graphics
Cool sound effects
Nice music for those pokemon fans
Can't trade from the older version's
That's all i can say about this game.Buy this and Fire red
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