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Pokemon Alpha Sapphire - Nintendo 3DS [Digital]

ESRB Rating: Everyone
Comic mischief, Mild cartoon violence
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    • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1441 out of 1459)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Game Freak
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Role Playing
    • Release Date: 11/21/2014

    Synopsis


    Delve into a thrilling 3D world of action with Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Travel to the Hoenn region, a land of stunning natural beauty, where a mysterious cave reveals a scene described in legends. Unleash the awe-inspiring power of Primal Reversion, a brand-new transformation experienced by Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre. Uncover the mind-blowing mysteries of Mega Evolution as more and more Pokémon achieve this ability. Experience intense, strikingly realistic visuals thanks to the 3D capabilities of your Nintendo 3DS. With so much to explore, you'll happily spend hours playing Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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    Features


    Embark on an epic quest that leads you through the beautiful Hoenn region to halt the evil plans of a shadowy group to change the land forever in the latest installment in the Pokémon franchise

    Journey through a land of breathtaking natural beauty to discover a legendary scene inside a cave

    Feel the power of Primal Reversion, an amazing transformation undergone by legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre

    Learn the secrets of Mega Evolution as greater numbers of Pokémon gain its powers

    Set off on a thrilling 3D adventure with eye-popping, true-to-life visuals on your Nintendo 3DS

    Playable in 2D; some areas also playable in 3D; 3D mode for ages 7 years and up



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1459 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Game!

      Posted
      Paleselan
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      Here's the full review I wrote on Nintendo Enthusiast for those interested... After only fourteen hours playing through Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, I was stunned to see the credits rolling down the screen. After all, the Hoenn region had always been my favorite, and I recalled spending at least thirty hours reaching the end of Emerald the last time I had played it. I figured that since I was tasked to review the newest Pokémon title, I would want to get the review out in a timely manner. As such, I sped through the game trying to get the review up as fast as possible. I was stalled in my mission, however, as after completing the game I began engaging in all the extra content hidden within the Generation III remakes. This is where the Pokémon games have always shined, and continue to shine: Not the content on the surface of the game, although that too is still incredibly addicting, but all the extra content layered underneath. Pokemon ORAS June 10 screenshot 4 Exploring the World Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire begin as any other Pokémon games do. Your character arrives in a new town, meets the professor living right next door, and embarks on an epic journey with his new level 5 Pokémon. Every Pokémon title has always done an adequate job of instilling a true sense of adventure when playing through the game; however, for me the Hoenn region takes the cake. There are so many different locales in the Hoenn, from deserts to mountains to marshes and more, that every minute in the Hoenn region feels like a new moment ripe with the prospect of new Pokémon. The one issue that the original Ruby and Sapphire had was that exploration across large bodies of water or extensive caves would lead to extensive random encounters, making exploration more like a tedious endeavor. In the new remakes, however, it seems like Game Freak addressed several of these issues. First and foremost, it seems like enemy encounters are far more infrequent than they were in previous Pokémon games. If I truly wanted to get through an area as fast as possible, I could pass through without any sort of difficulty and a surprisingly small number of enemy encounters. ORAS also diversifies the possible Pokémon that players can hit during random enemy encounters. In fact, by the time I finished the game I had not seen a single Zubat, and had only encountered a select few Tentacool; both Pokémon are generally known for being very insistent on popping up unasked for during random battles. Exploration opens up even further in the later part of the game, when players begin acquiring a new set of tools to explore the vast reaches of the Hoenn. Although most people are already familiar with the HM surf, the ability to Dive and scale Waterfalls oftentimes is equally, if not even more, exciting. Being able to dive below the water adds a whole new dimension to exploring the region, as many caverns hide new Pokémon to catch and undiscovered items to collect. Additionally, Pokémon ORAS introduce the completely new mechanic known as “Soaring”. This ability allows players to fly throughout the Hoenn region on either a Latios or a Latios. At first glance, it would seem that the Soaring ability is a waste of time, as it is much quicker to simply fly wherever need be. Soaring does add some gameplay and exploration elements, however. Not only are there Pokémon that can only be caught by encountering them while Soaring, but there are whole new sections of the Hoenn region that are exclusively accessible only with the Soaring ability. Pokemon OR-AS Mirage Spot Endless Refinements With each new Pokémon entry come new refinements and improvements to the interface system. I am happy to announce that not only is Pokémon ORAS’ interface system far superior to anything that has ever come before it, but it will probably stand as one of the best Pokémon interface systems ever created. Sitting right in the middle of the new interface is “Dexnav”, which has several features which makes finding, catching, and battling Pokémon much easier than before. Dexnav is built on the understanding that it knows everything about Pokémon and the Hoenn region. The application can tell you where all Pokémon are located, and whether all Pokémon in a specific area have yet been caught. If you are looking for another version of a Pokémon that you have already caught, Dexnav can show you exactly where the Pokémon is, revealing its hidden abilities and special moves. No longer do you have to keep track of all the NPCs that you have battled and are looking to re-match, as Dexnav will tell you exactly who is ready for a re-match and where they are. Did you plant berries, who knows where, in the outskirts of the Hoenn? Dexnav will not only tell you where these berries are and how they are growing, but it will offer an option to fly right over to the berries to harvest them. Never has my life as a Pokémon trainer been so easy; Dexnav tells me everything I need to know about where Pokémon, trainers, and berries are. Pokémon ORAS even lets me simply fly anywhere in the region I like, even directly on routes, without first having to arrive at a city, making traveling even quicker. These interface changes are not only a welcome addition to the franchise, but they seem like common sense after so many years without them. Pokemon ORAS June 10 screenshot 3 Becoming the Very Best Completing a Pokémon game and defeating the Elite Four is only the beginning of a much larger adventure in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as there is so much extra content that will suck hours and hours from your life even after the credits roll by. Immediately after completing the game, ORAS moves into a “Delta Episode”, which is a relatively short, one hour episode that is oddly reminiscent of something akin to DLC. Players go through a short storyline, eventually saving the world once again and encountering several legendary Pokémon. It is nice that this Delta Episode is free; however, the fact that this is just the first episode is rather telling of Nintendo’s future DLC plans. After the Delta Episode concludes, the Hoenn becomes completely open for exploration. There is a massive number of legendary Pokémon to find and catch. It is unfortunate, though, that there are more than 250 Pokémon that are completely unobtainable in ORAS; however, ORAS is not the only Pokemon game to have a set of Pokémon that must be transferred over from a previous entry. Pokémon ORAS also sees the return of Pokemon contests. These contests are a great diversion and allow players to excel in a competition other than just battling. There are various ranks and difficulties when competing in Pokémon contests, and oftentimes moves that may not seem that good in battle really shine through in a contest setting. Alternatively, those that do excel in battling can find their way over to the Battle Resort, which is much like other Battle locales in the past. Players play through countless 3v3 matchups, collecting BP points that can be spent on various items. It is unfortunate, though, that Pokémon ORAS does not have a Battle Frontier. The Battle Frontier was one of my favorite parts of Pokémon Emerald, and it would have been excellent to see the area return for Generation III remakes. pokemon secret base A Pocket Monster There is only so much I can say in a review to praise how great Pokémon ORAS truly is. Sure, I could ramble on about collecting ribbons, or about EV training Pokémon, or about breeding IV Pokémon, and much more; but, at the end of the day my rambling does not make ORAS any better of a game. Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire got an amazing re-make treatment, improving the music and graphics, while also completely overhauling the interface into a much more modern format. I do wish that the Battle Frontier made a return, and that there were more Pokémon available to catch without having to transfer them from other games, but ultimately Pokémon ORAS stands as an amazing title for the 3DS handheld.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nostalgia for days

      Posted
      mizzpenny
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      I'm a longtime Pokemon fan. I still own my original GBA copies of Ruby and Emerald. The reason I bought Alpha Sapphire is because I originally played Ruby and wanted to try something different this time. It's great seeing Hoenn remastered in 3D. For anyone who's played pokemon, the concept is still the same. Start off in your hometown, get your 1st pokemon from a pokemon professor, start your journey to become pokemon league champion, get a rival, beat some gyms, couple sidequests along the way, beat the elite four, become champion, and enjoy post-game (or start over). Yet for some reason, I can't help myself but to buy into it year after year. I'll make this review short by outlining some key things to consider before buying this game. - No battle frontier - No character customization like in X/Y - Lots of legendary pokemon to catch post-game - Nostalgia for days - lots of throwbacks and references to the original RSE - Upgraded flying system. You now have the option to fly to specific routes/places on top of cities. (i.e. route 121, Safari Zone, etc.) - More mega evolutions if that's your thing. Also primal evolutions - Same shiny rate as X/Y - Wally. That is all. - The pokemon league aethestics were amazingly well done by gamefreak. Shout out to them on that. - Mirage spots replacing original Mirage Island from RSE - PSS is back along with O-Powers wonder trade and all that good stuff - New dexnav feature apart of the pokenav which has that pokeradar feel to it. Its nice that gamefreak added something like this considering there was no item like this in the original RSE. Pokeradar wasn't until Gen IV. - Streetpass integrated into buzznav (another pokenav feature which has a love/hate relationship with most pokemon players currently; not all players have great streetpass reception) - Delta Episode (post-game story) is amazing - Learn little more about pokemon game universe (how some games might be connected to ea other i.e ORAS and X/Y) I don't want to say much more about this without spoiling so I'll leave it at that. - Apparently too much water Point is, if you're a pokemon fan, you should definitely buy one of these games. Even though this is the Alpha Sapphire page, I recommend buying whichever one you feel suits you best. There are guides that will explain to you the differences between omega ruby and alpha sapphire.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing. A lot of really great new features.

      Posted
      Kymac
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      I hadn't played a Pokémon game in awhile, so I picked up Pokémon X a few months ago and got back into it. I enjoyed Pokémon X so I thought I would pick up Alpha Sapphire. The Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby games pick up the nice additions from X/Y and take it up another level. While this is a remake of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire from the GBA, it feels quite unique with the 3D gameplay and new features There are new Mega Evolution Pokémon, a secret base you can build, a new episode called "Delta" in addition to the original story, you can also look for specific pokemon using a sneaking/radar feature, where you see a shaking bush to indicate a hidden pokemon. This last feature was the most enjoyable part because it made the gameplay unique. You don't have to randomly fight against pokemon anymore, and by doing so, you can chain your encounters against a certain pokemon to increase your chance of finding unique or shiny pokemon. I don't see any real flaws with the game, other than you can't use the 3D feature of the 3DS outside of battles still. Lastly, if you utilize the Pokémon Bank app, you are able to store your pokemon for later in the Pokémon Sun and Moon coming out later this year. I would absolutely recommend this game, I give it a full 5 out of 5 stars. Probably recommend Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby if you've never played a pokemon game before too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A bad remake of a OK series of games

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      Loboss
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      When this first came out, I was very excited for it due to how decent Emerald was and fixing some of the lingering issues R/S/E had. However, what I was left with was a bad experience. -On the plus side, the story additions are nice and flesh out several characters that did not get a lot of screentime the first time R/S/E came out. The music remixes are also pretty decent. -Game is way too easy. Even with turning off EXP share and not using the legendary Pokemon that is gifted to you, they nerfed all the challenge that Emerald introduced. -Outside Episode Delta at the end, the game lacks a endgame and reuses content from X/Y and is missing the battle frontier This is unforgivable. -Stuff that was in the original like the game corner have been omitted, and the safari zone is now just a normal route. -The visuals are far worse then X/Y and S/M and look lazily thrown together.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic addition to the Pokémon Franchise.

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      Freakazoid
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      Having played both the original version on the Gameboy Advanced and this version for the 3DS I can say that the improvements made to the game play and graphics make this version worth purchasing. All the features from the original Ruby and Sapphire return such as Beauty Contests and yet the gameplay in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been enhanced by inheriting gameplay elements from XY with Megastones, Pokémon Amie, Super Training, Horde encounters and Wonder Trade as well as adding completely new elements unique to this game such as cosplay Pikachu and the Pokénav Plus. Also note if you are and adult thinking about purchasing this game for your young child and are not familiar with the Pokémon games they are very text heavy so if your child in unable to read well he or she may not be able to fully enjoy this game if they are playing by themselves.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you like Pokemon, you'll like this Pokemon.

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      Whyitgottabe4chars
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      While I'm disappointed about the lack of character customization in the re-release of Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald, I understand that they want to make each region of the Pokemon universe known for it's own signature motif. In Kalos it was fashion, as per a stereotypical French visionary experience, there were many beautiful vistas, as well as cafes and french culture. In the Hoenn region the big deal was the secret bases and the isolationism of culture. While I miss the character customization of X/Y, I enjoyed my time with Alpha Sapphire, and the ability to catch many Pokemon, including legendaries, that were unavailable in X/Y at the time was a very nice addition. The game feels much more like the original games for those of us that are older and experienced Pokemon in our youth. I highly recommend one of the two versions if you are a fan of Pokemon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Remake, with more.

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      pslightspeed
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      This was the pokemon game I played. Over and over again. The gameplay, the music, the characters. Overall it was just such an amazing game. Nintendo bringing it to the 3ds adds a whole new level to this game, that's 100% worthwhile. It has the basics of the original and the gameplay, with the graphics and playstyle of xy. The added on Delta episode was also a fun little way to go through sky pillar. It does seem like they dumbed down the game a bit however. Victory Road was significantly easier, and Skypillar was as well. There's also many points where you can just skip to a city or town for the story, instead of having to take the traditional route all the way back on foot. Good for some, but I personally enjoyed having to make the trek. But overall. Absolutely loved this remake.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What Pokémon X/Y should have been.

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      Saw3624
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      This is the Pokémon game that X and Y should have been. It is filled with great dialogue, story, characters, and most of all it is just plain fun. I felt Pokémon X was missing something necessary for it to be the memorable and exciting Pokémon experience that I had with all the previous games. I thought maybe I was just growing out of it or something. But this game, Alpha Sapphire, is proof that the latter is completely false. It's a wondrous game world filled with things to do, people to talk to, and laughs to be had. I don't know what X was lacking that Alpha Sapphire has, but it is significantly more entertaining and fun than its predecessors. X and Y feel like cheap knockoffs in comparison. Alpha Sapphire really is quite amazing!

      I would recommend this to a friend


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