"Immerse yourself in the beautiful region of Hoenn, a place of masterful heroes and mysterious teams, of friendship and battles. As the new kid in town, you set off on your journey as a Pokémon Trainer. Who knows what wonders and dangers await you? Now it's time to grab your gear and head out on your own..."
— Blurb on the back of the boxes of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions
The third set of games in the Pokémon series, Ruby and Sapphire were released for the Game Boy Advance, with Emerald arriving a few years after. Along with FireRed, LeafGreen, Colosseum and XD, they are known collectively as Generation III of the Pokémon video game series. In addition to introducing a new story and region to explore and over 100 new Pokémon to catch, Ruby and Sapphire brought with it many new gameplay features such as individual natures and Abilities for each Pokémon, double battles, and Pokémon contests. Along with massive graphical improvements over its predecessors, these games also had an entirely new data structure; as a result, Generation III games were incompatible with the previous two generations.The games took place in Hoenn, which is based on the Kyushu region of Japan rotated ninety degreesnote Of course, since the world is round and we never see Hoenn on a map along with any other regions, this rotation doesn't matter much. The game begins with the player moving to their new home in Littleroot Town, and later saving the local Pokémon Professor, Birch, from a wild Pokémon. As thanks, he gives the player their own Pokémon, encouraging him/her to travel around the region and collect as much data on Hoenn's Pokémon as they can, much like Birch's child (and your rival) Brendan/May is doing.note Your rival is whichever player character you didn't pick at the beginning; if playing as May, Brendan is your rival, and vice versa.On their quest to be the best, players will encounter two villainous groups: Teams Aqua and Magma, who want to flood and dry out the planet, respectively. Sapphire players will become allied with Team Magma to stop Aqua summoning Kyogre, while Ruby Trainers help Aqua stop Magma summoning Groudon. Emerald put them both in the antagonist role, with Rayquaza being summoned to stop the chaos.These games may be the biggest case of One Game for the Price of Two in the franchise, as there is literally no way to legitimately collect all 386 Pokémon without aid from FireRed, LeafGreen, Colosseum, and XD (Oddly, only RubyorSapphire). note The Game Boy Advance had backwards-compatability for the Game Boy Color, but its link cables were unable to connect the two systems; coupled with the aforementioned data structure redesign, there was no method for importing or trading Pokémon from Gold, Silver or Crystal to Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald. The Red and Blueremakes provided all 150 Kanto Pokémon and a small pool of Johto's, with Colosseum and XD having several from all three regions; together, they had all but the event-only Pokémon. Between Emerald and Ruby/Sapphire, only Lunatone and Zangoose respectively are missing and both are found in XD. Due to being released after the "Pokémania" phase of Generations I and II, and before the "It prints money" phase of the Nintendo DS generations IV and above, Ruby and Sapphire were the least successful (though still greatly profitable) "main pair" of games.On May 7, 2014, The Pokémon Company announced remakes for the Nintendo 3DS, titled Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The games will be released in November 2014, more than ten years after the originals' release, and three months after the 10th anniversary of Emerald's original release. Of note is the fact that Groudon and Kyogre have new "primal" formsnote they have more intricate Tron Lines and prominent "omega" and "alpha" designs on their hands, respectively, and these Tron Lines now glow yellow and turquoise instead of blue and red, on top of straight-up glowing panels on their bodies, which are depicted on the boxart. These games will be part of the "Sixth Generation" of Pokemon games and be compatible with Pokémon X and Y.
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Tropes used in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
100% Completion: First time in the series you get more than diploma for Pokédex, which is not repeated until Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (unless you count Sinnohnote Which rewards you with National Pokédex and Poké Radar) - for completing Hoenn Pokédex in Emerald only, you can choose one of the Johto starters.
After Combat Recovery: 5/7 of the Battle Frontier facilities, with the exceptions being the Battle Pike (although subverted when certain conditions are met) and the Battle Pyramid.
An Interior Designer Is You: The Secret Bases, which can get addicting. You can also decorate your bedroom at home, though to a lesser extent than the Secret Bases.
Relearning moves from a Pokemon's natural moveset was impossible in Gen I, and in Gen II required you to beat the Pokemon League of the side game Pokemon Stadium 2 with your own team of non-rentals. Starting from Gen III, an NPC (in Fallarbor Town for this generation) will do this for a Heart Scale, which can easily be farmed off of Luvdisc, are scattered across the overworld. and in some games can be given a reward for certain tasks.
Soothe Bell is introduced to double up the happiness gain rate of its holder, speeding up the time needed to grind for happiness based-evolutions. This is very helpful since some Pokemon have painfully slow happiness gain rate such as Eevee and Chansey. Also because vitaminsnote one of the faster methods to increase happiness are expensive.
Apathetic Citizens: The two places which subvert this are Lilycove and Sootopolis, when Groudon and/or Kyogre are woken. Everywhere else, it's played straight.
Apocalypse How: The weather trio starts as an in progress Regional Disruption, but stated that if it is not stopped, will become a biosphere extinction (Groudon bringing harsh heavy everlasting sun, leaving desert wildlife, or Kyogre flooding the world, which allows purely aquatic life to remain).
Bag of Spilling: This generation is the only one to be incompatible with previous generations, which is one among various reasons behind the hatedom towards these games.
Blackout Basement: Brawly's Gym. Only the player and the three-by-three area around him/her is visible, but beating some gym Trainer's increase the radius of the area. The Gym Leader grants the player Flash, which is used in a few caves.
Bonus Boss: In addition to Rayquaza, and the seven Frontier Brains, Emerald has Groudon and Kyogre appear in mysteriously disappearing and reappearing caves on several routes. There's also the four distant islands, where Latias, Latios, Mew, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Deoxys can be found. Finally, Steven can be found in a hidden room in Meteor Falls.
Cave Behind the Falls: Meteor Falls is a rather small dungeon, until the player unlocks Waterfall, opening the rest up.
A replica of Submarine Explorer 1 can be seen in Slateport's Oceanic Museum when you first visit it.
There's one that may go unnoticed in Emerald thanks to how subtle it is. Thanks to the Match Call feature, Trainers that you register will randomly call you for stuff that never really matters. At one point, your rival calls and remarks on seeing a flying, green Pokémon in the sky. Most players just take it to be another silly adventure. But when Groudon and Kyogre are clashing in Sootopolis City and Wallace asks you where one might find Rayquaza, the big green, flying legendary Pokémon, suddenly your rival's phone call seems a little more useful.
Similarly, a couple in Lilycove mentions they are vacationing there and were excited because the first Pokémon they saw was a dragon flying through the sky.
There's also a man in Fortree City who remarks on seeing a gigantic green dragon.
See those glass bird statues in the Lilycove Museum? Take a wild guess what Secret Base ornament you receive for filling the second floor with your Pokémons' Master Rank contest portraits.
The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Winona's Altaria has Dragon Dance despite it being only Level 33. It can't learn the move by level-up until Level 40, and Swablu doesn't learn it by level-up either... and that's all ignoring the fact that Swablu doesn't evolve into Altaria until Level 35 to begin with. What's more, in rematches she starts using a Dragonair that knows Earthquake - a move it cannot learn by any means until it evolves into Dragonite.
The background music played inside the Oceanic Museum at Slateport is a remix of the S.S. Anne theme.
One of the ship replicas contained therein is of the S.S. Anne itself.
Ruby and Sapphire feature an NPC in Petalburg City stating that Norman moved from Johto. For some reason, this was removed from Emerald and returned in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Continuity Reboot: Essentially because Gen III reprogrammed the way Pokemon are coded, making it incompatible with Gen I and Gen II games. Because of this all the older games got remakes to bring them in line with the continuity Ruby and Sapphire started, both in how the games are coded and in narrative Retcons that imply Gen I is roughly concurrent with Gen III and Gen II with Gen IV, as well as planting a few more foreshadowing and shoutouts between all the games.
Mt. Chimney. You shouldn't be able to stand right in front of the lava pool like that.
Humorously averted with a Team Magma Grunt who's standing guard near a lava pool. When he engages you in battle, he complains about his post and says his left ear is burning. After the fight, he says he's getting heat exhaustion and questions why Team Magma is wearing hoods in a volcano if you talk to him again after.
You know how the Pokédex says no two Spinda have the same spot pattern? Turns out a hidden stat generated about 4 billion different patterns.
You can't lose the starting fight; the wild Pokémon will flee if you purposefully screw it up. Professor Birch still compliments you...
You will be let into the Oceanic Museum in Slateport for free if you don't have the money needed to pay the fee, but only during the one time the plot requires you to enter.
Subverted with Wally's tutorial fight; with the right stat and damage rolls, it's possible for Zigzagoon to knock out Ralts. When this happens, the game would carry on as if Wally caught the Ralts anyway.
Downloadable Content: This is the generation in which Nintendo events blossomed into its full form. Various islands are accessable only with tickets, which are downloaded through Nintendo events, or via connection with an e-Reader and the appropriate e-Card.
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald gives us Southern Island, which holds either Latias or Latios, and accessible with only the Eon Ticket.
The AuroraTicket gives us Birth Island, which holds Deoxys, and is available only in Emerald, as well as Firered and Leafgreen.
The MysticTicket gives us Naval Rock Isle, which holds Ho-Oh, Lugia, and the Sacred Ash, and is available only in Emerald, as well as Firered and Leafgreen.
There are twelve kinds of berries only available through e-Cards, which could only be found by buying trading cards. Most of the cards were never released, some of which were only in Japan.
Trainer Hill's layout can be modified with certain e-Cards.
Jirachi and Celebi could be gotten only with certain promotional discs, to be connected with a Gameboy Advance-to-Gamecube link cable.
Some battles could be unlocked only with e-Reader connection and certain promotional e-Cards.
The Old Sea Chart gives us Faraway island, which holds Mew, and is available only in Emerald
Dramatic Timpani: The games are notable for having a timpani accompanying the Fanfare-like battle themes, to the point where they're famous for them.
Dual Boss: Emerald includes an additional double boss battle where the player and Steven Stone team up against Magma Admin Tabitha and Magma Leader Maxie at the Mossdeep Space Center.
Dummied Out: It was stated in a Nintendo Power interview that Gastrodon (and presumably Shellos) were initially designed for this game, but were scrapped. They would later show up in Generation IV.
There are six hidden tracks in Ruby and Sapphire, five of them GBA remakes of Generation II tracksnote the Pokémon Communications Center theme, the Route 38 theme, the Team Rocket Radio Tower Takeover music, the Raikou/Entei/Suicune battle theme from Crystal, and the redone Viridian/Pewter/Saffron City music and the last one an alternate arrangement/possible demo of the Littleroot Town music. Emerald also contains the entire soundtrack from FireRed and LeafGreen, though it does use a few tracks from the latter.
Dying Curse: The new move Grudge works as one because when used by a Pokemon and that Pokemon faints from a direct attack by the opponent, the attacking move's PP drops to zero.
Evil Versus Evil: Teams Magma and Aqua are constantly at odds with each other, though this trope only applies in Emerald where they are both evil. Each version lets you take a different response to it. (In Ruby, you team up with Team Aqua to defeat Team Magma. In Sapphire, it's the other way around. In Emerald, you fight both of them.)
Fail O'Suckyname: A pair of NPC's reference this trope, warning the player to be careful when choosing their Pokemon's names. Of note, the old man named his Pikachu "Pekachu".
Fanfare: The gold standard, as far as Pokémon games go. One of many things the Hoenn games are famous for is the unique soundtrack.
Sootopolis City's architecture is based on the island of Santorini, Greece.
On the actual culture however, Hoenn seems to be a bit of a rural island, or at least an island that has very strong traditions. It has strong port cities but those don't have Gyms. The only major city to have a Gym is Rustboro, and it's implied that is a fairly new Gym at that.
The legendaries seem to be based on Jewish mythical creatures: golems (the Regis), Leviathan (Kyogre), Behemoth (Groudon), and Ziz (Rayquaza).
Forced Tutorial: Unlike in the previous games, the tutorial on how to capture a Pokemon is now mandatory. Instead of the game teaching the player character directly however, they use Wally to do it and it doubles as a plot point since it is his first time catching a Pokemon and he becomes your rival later on.
The fact that it's presented as Wally learning how to catch a Pokémon, rather than you, it's at least a bit less annoying than in some other generations.
Approximately 100 hours into gameplay or one year after the game's release, a rollover bug, called the Berry Glitch, would result in Berries ceasing to grow in Sapphire and Ruby - along with stilling/freezing anything else relating to the passage of time (e.g. the tides in Shoal Cave). Linking with FireRed, LeafGreen, Emerald, Colosseum, XD, an event for a shiny Zigzagoon at EB games, a pair of Japanese promo e-Reader cards, non-Japanese releases of Pokémon Box, or the PAL release of Pokémon Channel patched the error.
The internal batteries that handled clock-based events in the initial Ruby and Sapphire weren't the longest lived either, so there was a good chance they would fail (with the same effects as the Berry Glitch), and unlike the Berry Glitch, as it is a hardware issue and not a software one, it can't be fixed. Fortunately, unlike Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the battery isn't used to retain save data as well (which is stored using flash memory; FireRed and LeafGreen don't have batteries at all), so the game can still be played; just without the time-based events.
While still having bugs; Game Freak was able to perform much more bug-testing with their games starting with Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (after the profits from Generation I and Generation II made up for the loss of Generation I's troubled production). And it shows.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The little girl outside the Seashore House invites you in with a little poem that starts off with the line "If you're hot-to-trot." Hot-to-trot is a mildly rude phrase for being ready or eager to do something, or, a little more commonly, sexually excited.
Not only that, note that while Brendan uses a backpack to store his items in, May uses a hip pack, which as you can see in her official◊ art◊, is right in the back of her waist. Take a look at her overworld sprite, and you can see that it visibly protrudes out behind her... in the worst spot. And it even flops back and forth when she runs.
Guide Dang It: Feebas is one of the most frustrating Pokémon to get in the entire series. Out of 436 water tiles on Route 119, only six randomly-picked tilesnote whenever a new game is started or the trendy phrase in Dewford is changed have Feebas, a 1 in 72.67 chance of finding a tile that has them. You're not even guaranteed to get one by fishing on those tiles.
Less frustratingly, Chimecho only appears in one area and is extremely rare, and isn't even worth much besides Pokedex completion.
Lame Pun Reaction: Route 113 has the volcanic ash falling on it endlessly. One of the characters post-battle with you says "Ouch! Owww! I can't see! I got ashes in my eyelashes! Get it? Ashes and eyelashes? Okay, that was bad, sorry..."
Deoxys' battle theme, which only plays when you encounter Deoxys via a difficult-to-attend/get Nintendo event. Averted in the remakes due to Deoxys becoming the first legendary Pokémon to lose its status as an event-exclusive.
One of the more legitimate cases is the Master Ball, which, in Ruby and Sapphire, is found in Team Magma/Aqua's Lilycove hideout, which closes up later in the game. (Emerald, fortunately, leaves the hideout open.) Since the base is built around warp-tile puzzles, the item is easy to miss.
The opportunity to battle and catch Pokémon in the Cave of Origin is lost after the completion of the Weather Trio crisis event in Emerald.
The rooms of the Trick House north of Slateport City can amount to this, as the player cannot revisit them once they have been completed, resulting in the possibility of some items (visible and hidden) being missed forever.
Naval Rock Isle, Birth Island, Southern Island note except in the remakes as part of the plot now takes place on said island, and Faraway Island were only available by getting special tickets from Nintendo events.
Picking berries and just using them without growing more or ignoring them until they cease to replant themselves will eventually remove them completely from your game world. The only way to replace them is through trading.
Luck-Based Mission: The Game Corner, of course. But also the Battle Pike. Based on the player's choice of one to three rooms, a player can face a battle, a double battle, a particularly tough battle, nothing at all, free healing, status effects, or a room of random encounters. It's probably mercy that getting to Pike Queen Lucy only involves going through the place twice only. Also, the Mirage Island appears seldomly.
There are 7 people on Route 113, a Route that is covered in perpetual volcanic ash. In real life, prolonged exposure of the respiratory system to inorganic particulates such as volcanic ash would lead to suffocation or even worse, lung cancer. Yet, the people you meet there will never show any ill effects whatsoever from standing around in that area the entire time.
In Emerald, however, the man in the glass workshop (as well as his son) has clearly suffered ill effects from living there for so long, stopping to cough or catch his breath at the end of every sentence.
Noob Cave: Petalburg Woods, as typical of the series.
In contrast to the old Gameboy games, most Pokemon sprites accurately match their official artwork. There are still a select few that don't, though:
Mr. Mime still has Four-Fingered Hands, even the artwork always depicted it with five. It has the right number of fingers in Emerald.
Deoxys' and Nosepass' proportions look somewhat deformed. Deoxys also has Four-Fingered Hands, as does Dusclops.
Banette's zipper mouth is drawn to look like it was foaming, not even matching its official art.
Due to a majority of them not available in normal gameplay note there were no hints on remakes back then the older Pokémon are oddly shaded/drawn compared to the ones debuted in Hoenn. While the first 151 are polished for Fire Red and Leaf Green, Emerald reused their Off Model sprites from Ruby and Sapphire for some reason. Compare Charizard in RSE◊ to its FRLG sprite.◊
Perpetual Storm: Invoked in Sapphire when Kyogre is awakened by Team Aqua and starts an unrelenting downpour, although it's stopped by the Player Character before things get too far. Their plan is to increase the size of the oceans. (The opposite happens in Ruby, wherein Team Magma awakens Groudon to dry up the oceans instead.)
Red Herring: Early in the game, the player can fight the Winstrate family, who challenge you all in a row with no chance to heal in between fights. After they are defeated, every member of the family starts gushing about how great of a trainer the family's eldest son is, and how the player could never beat him. One of them even speculates that he has become the Champion. Towards the end of the game, you do eventually get to fight him— an ordinary trainer in Victory Road who is of no importance to the plot and no harder than any other generic trainer (you can also bypass him and not even realize it).
Scenery Porn: By Game Boy Advance standards, anyway. Hoenn is one of the prettiest region in the Pokéverse. Among the environments seen include, but are not limited to: forests, beaches, mountains, cliffs, cities, villages, treehouses, islands, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, rain-forests, sea basins, hot springs, underwater, caves, underwater caves... The variety of environments in this game is so vast, some even thought that in the original games, you would be able to go into OUTER SPACE to catch Jirachi and Deoxys.
Shifting Sand Land: There is a large desert, with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it.
Young Couple Lois and Hal; interestingly, they're absent from Emerald.
Route 113 is a place covered in ash - but if you've ever played any of the Earthbound/Mother games, the music will make you think of a place covered in snow.
On Route 127, there is a fisherman Jonah who has a Wailmer.
Schrödinger's Question: In addition to the usual world-building questions in the beginning, in Emerald, at one point the main character's mom asks what color the creature on TV was. Whatever you say turns out to be correct.
Side Quest: New Mauville. Also, the Pokémon Contests, which were first introduced in this generation.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: The Dive move allows the player to travel underwater, without a scuba mask note Unless you're playing the remakes, in which the player characters automatically gain a scuba mask upon diving. Humorously, if you have any Pokémon that are normally weak against water, they can battle and not lose their HP.
Tree Top Town: If the name of Fortree City doesn't give it away...
Up to Eleven: Meta example. Remember the Berry Glitch (mentioned above) and that Zigzagoon which was distributed to fix it? In Japan, it was distributed for only 4 months. United States, however, had this go for over 3 years, making it the longest event ever.
Volcanic Veins: Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza show this off in the title sequence of the game.
Waiting Puzzle: Regice's Braile message in Ruby/Sapphire: "Stop and wait. Wait for time to pass twice."explanation Don't move for two minutes.
You Are Not Ready: The player's father, Norman, does this. He's the first Gym Leader the player meets, but insists that the player collect four badges to gain experience. This serves the purpose of dividing the game up neatly into two parts, as after his defeat, the east side of the map opens up.
You Can't Thwart Stage One: Played straight. What makes the straightness interesting though is that its unique among Pokémon games; the rest have the evil teams stopped before the "let legendary Pokémon do X" stage, while these games actually show them in the process of attempting to burn the world to a crisp/flood the world. The music doesn't make it any less disturbing.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Oddly, Hoenn has a large number of important characters with blue, purple, and even silver hair - more so than most any other region.
Art Evolution: The artworks for this game look a lot more refined than they did in the originals. This is also obviously true of the in-game graphics, thanks to the 3D.
The Artifact: The player character still sets up the clock during the prologue. The game doesn't prompt you to enter the time, however, as the game uses the built-in 3DS clock for its time functions.
Artifact Title: The fact that Pokémon Amie's name is partly in Frenchnote due to the region from Pokémon X and Y being based upon France is no longer relevant now that it returns for the Hoenn remakes.
Deoxys was once an event exclusive Pokémon within the third generation games. Now, he's more important to the plot in that he stars in Episode Delta as the Pokémon appearing on the crash-landing meteor.
Rayquaza has a much bigger role in these games other than a bonus encounterable Pokémon (in the case of Ruby and Sapphire) or calming down Groudon and Kyogre (in the case of Emerald) in that it's the focus Pokémon of the side plot officially dubbed "Episode Delta".
Ascended Meme: In the original games, there was a persistent rumor that you could actually go to space at some point to catch Deoxys. In 'Episode Delta', you do just that on Mega-Rayquaza to stop a meteor from hitting the planet that apparently contains Deoxys.
The arena where you fight Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre resembles a cave full of lava and a cave full of water, respectively.
You literally fight Deoxys within the stratosphere.
You fight the non-Hoenn legendaries in an arena resembling pinkish dreamy clouds.
Anachronism Stew: In spite of the implications that the games' place in the timeline hasn't changed, the player character's room has a Wii U in it. The original games has a "Gamecube with a Gameboy Advance attached to it" as the Gamecube was the then-current console of that time. Thus, said console should've logically be said "Gamecube with the Gameboy Advance attached to it" due to the Hoenn Games' place in the timeline never being changed in the first place.
Bare Your Midriff: One particular Aqua grunt calls attention to her midriff, saying that she has more style than she knows what to do with.
Boss Remix: Inverted with a calmer version of Archie and Maxie's battle music that serves as their theme in cutscenes.
But Not Too White: Brendan and almost all of Team Aqua have notably darker skin. If this is due to tanning, it makes sense because Hoenn is based on the sun-exposed southern islands of Kyushu and Okinawa in Japan.
A model of the Royal Unova now appears in the Oceanic Museum. Examining it will reveal that it's still under construction (thus, not retconning the fact that the games take place around the same time as Pokemon Red And Blue).
In the Battle Resort, there is a pair consisting of one Grunt from each team, who deserted from the teams to be with each other. In Black 2 and White 2, you can find a couple in Icirrus City that is made of a Aqua Grunt and a Magma Grunt.
Each time you play the demo, the game randomly generates a group of three people meeting on the western end of the Mossdeep City beach. These three people can be any of the following: members of Team Aqua or Magma gathering for a briefing; Flannery being interviewed by the reporter duo; or three swimmers saying goodbye to each other, with the two on the right deciding to stay in Hoenn while the third will SWIM back to Kalos by himself. In Azure Bay during Pokémon X and Y, you encounter a male Swimmer named Kieran who claims, "I swam all the way here from the oceans of Hoenn, and I'm still not too tired for a battle!"
A scientist in Devon Corp in the original game stated that he was trying to created a machine to reproduce the dreams of Pokemon with minimal success. Since the remake was made after Black and White, he now says that his rival Fennel in a far away region is also working on one so he has to catch up.
Clothes Make the Superman: There's a special female Pikachu who can cosplay in Pokémon Contests. When you get her in your party, you can make her keep these costumes, which grant her a new move depending on the costume: Libre gets Flying Press, Belle gets Icicle Crash, Pop Star gets Draining Kiss, Ph. D gets Electric Terrain, and Rock Star gets Meteor Mash.
The DexNav function on the PokéNav Plus will detect the Pokémon NPCs you see in towns, and will even add them to your PokéDex if you haven't seen them already.
The games will recognize if you have a Pokémon transferred from the original Ruby and Sapphire. Talking to the Game Director in Lilycove while you have it in the front of your party reward you with a certificate for can put in your Secret Base.
Divergent Character Evolution: In Ruby and Sapphire, the Aqua and Magma admins of each sex had nearly identical lines; even Archie and Maxie's dialogue was very similar. The remakes, however, give each of them a very distinct design and personality.
Enemy Mine: Unlike the originals, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire make it abundantly clear that the team that aren't the villains of the version you're playing are still a dangerous group of fanatics; they just don't get to act on their goals since their rivals keep outmaneuvering them.
Fanservice: The female swimmers have been redesigned to look, well...
Fusion Dance: In the Hoenn equivalent of the O Powers side quest, getting the final O Power involves all the previous O Power givers merging together, turning into Mr. Bonding from X and Y in the process.
Get Back Here Boss: Averted. Latios or Latias, who were roaming in the original games, will decide to join your party on their own after being rescued in a sidequest.
Girliness Upgrade: May's redesign for these remakes. Her old outfits were never overtly tomboyish, but they were still very sporty in comparison. ORAS throws that all out the window and adds lots of frills to her new outfit. She even ties her signature bandana into a headband with a bow on top instead of wrapping it around her head like she used to! Ironically, this is her only outfit that doesn't have her wearing a skirt.
Global Airship: While the Fly HM has been in every Pokemon game, this is the first time the franchise plays this trope 100% straight. Mega Latias and Latios can be flown like a Final Fantasy airship and while doing this, the player can encounter nearly every non-event legendary in the franchiseExceptions with the exceptions of the Kanto Bird Trio, Mewtwo, and Xerneas & Yveltal due to their availability in X & Y. Also, using the new Poke-Nav, it's possible to use the HM Fly to go anywhere.
Guide Dang It: One of the conditions required to get Regigigas: Capture all three Regis, and then, during the daytime, bring all three of them to Island Cave while a nicknamed Regice holds a Castelia Cone. Is this mentioned at any point in the game?
The new Pokédex is shaped like a Game Boy Advance while the new Poké Nav is shaped like a Game Boy Advance SP.
In addition to being an event distributed item, the Eon Ticket can also be obtained directly from the Streetpass of players who already have an Eon Ticket, a reference to the fact that the Eon Ticket of the original games was also obtainable by swapping records with those who have it.
According to the demo, the Pokemart Attendant that gives you a Potion in Oldale Town is the younger brother... err, employee of the one in Mossdeep City.
The intro movie has an interesting twist for those who've played the originals. The original intro featured Brenden/May riding their bicycle and running into Latias/Latios (depending on the version) who flies beside them. The new intro has the same scene... but it starts from Latias/Latios' POV this time, showing it flying over Hoenn and then running into the player character riding their bicycle.
The game starts out literally identical to the GBA games... until Professor Birch sends out the Azurill. The scene then pans out to reveal the fact that your character was watching said scene on the PokéNav while still riding in the truck.
When you first encounter Deoxys in Episode Delta, a Triangle appeared not unlike the one from Birth Island of the original 3rd gen games. Said triangle then moves across the screen on its own accord in a manner similar to the triangle puzzle from Birth Island (complete with a very similar sound effect as it moves). Deoxys then breaks out of the triangle. The only differences between the encounter on Birth Island and the encounter during Episode Delta is that you encounter Deoxys in space and that Deoxys' battle theme plays immediately after Deoxys awakens (instead of when the battle starts).
Never Say "Die": Averted at least in Omega Ruby. When Maxie awakens Groudon and it gets out of control, Archie says that the heat will bring every living being to death.
No Fair Cheating: Just like in X and Y, Pokémon with Contest Ribbons from Generations III or IV with have those ribbons converted into special commemoratory ones that identify how many they had before, probably to prevent people from jumpstarting their contest career. Then again, you could just trade with someone whose Pokémon has already won a contest in ORAS.
The demo allows you to transfer Mega Glalie into the official game.
If you show one of the members of Game Freak a Pokemon originating from the original Ruby and Sapphire (which would require it to be migrated through the 4th and 5th generations and finally to Pokemon Bank), he'll give you a special certificate to display in your Secret Base.
Orchestral Bombing: The remixed soundtrack in the remakes slightly tones down the trumpets that dominated the originals and adds a more booming orchestral oomph to it. It is perhaps most noticeable with the Team Aqua/Magma theme.
Pixel Hunt: This time, there are items hidden underneath the ocean bed. There's no hint on where they are as the item finder can't be used under water. Even the spots are unobvious.
Retcon: X and Y stated that Lucario was the first Pokemon to Mega Evolve. Come Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and it'd appear to be Rayquaza instead. However, Rayquaza's form of Mega Evolving is different from the usual methods, so it may be that Lucario was the first to have done it with a Mega Stone.
The design style looks like that of the 2D and 2.5D games translated into a 3D setting. Many of the new PokéNav's map-related features display the corresponding area's original GBA look. Also, the music style of the game resembles the cross between the original games' style and that of X and Y
The battle themes of the non-Hoenn legendaries are taken exactly from the games said themes appeared in. Goes Up to Eleven with Entei, Raikou and Suicune who uses the exact same chiptune theme from Crystal instead of the remixed themes they had in HG/SS.
The Primal battle theme plays with this a little, it actually switches back and forth between the remixed song and the original Ruby and Sapphire legendary theme.
The opening five seconds or so of the intro are done in the original GBA graphics - then revealed to be a point-of-view shot from the protagonist's perspective, looking at his/her PokéNav which co-incidentally resembles a GameBoy Advance SP.
Rule of Symbolism: Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby: Primal Kyogre's ability is Sea of Beginnings (Primordial Sea in English) and Primal Groudon has Land of Endings (Desolate Land in English).
Socialization Bonus: Like in the original games, you can share your secret bases (via StreetPass and QR codes), except it grants even more bonuses this time. The trainers you defeat in bases can be recruited into a team of yours, and can grant you bonuses like being able to make eggs hatch faster, or experience boosts. Flags you can capture in other players' bases grant similar bonuses; the more flags you have, the better and more bonuses you can get. Furthermore, you can even set your team members as trainers in your own secret base, effectively creating your own gym.
Super Mode: The games introduce more Mega Evolutions; along with Mega Blaziken, the evolutions revealed so far are for Sceptile, Swampert, Sableye, Metagross, Diancie, Altaria, Lopunny, Salamence, Slowbro, Audino, Sharpedo, Camerupt, Gallade, Rayquaza, Beedrill, Pidgeot, Steelix, and Glalie. Also featured are "primal forms" of Groudon and Kyogre, which are another type of Super Mode. Mega Evolutions can also be performed in Contests now, to blow the audience away even more.
Wally now uses a Mega Evolution, and the other rival actually evolves their starter to its final stage this time. Maxie and Archie use a Mega Evolution each and have had one extra Pokemon added to their teams.
While many of the earlier Gym Leaders have been Nerfed slightly, later Leaders like Winnona, Tate and Liza and Wallace have had their levels increased since the originals.
The Unreveal: A model of the Royal Unova appears in the Oceanic Museum. Examining it will reveal that the ship's still under construction by the time this game's events took place. The game gets around mentioning where in the timeline the Unova games take place in by having the number of years be "too faded to read".