"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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon's natural moveset was impossible in Gen I, and in Gen II required you to beat the Pokémon League of the side game Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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.
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.
In the remakes, you can only see in front of you as everywhere else is pitch-black.
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.
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 first battle against Maxie/Archie on Mt. Chimney have their ace Pokémon both in their final forms, despite them both being far below the level they evolve into said forms.
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 Pokémon 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.
This is the generation in which Nintendo events blossomed into its full form. Various islands are accessible 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.
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 Pokémon and that Pokémon faints from a direct attack by the opponent, the attacking move's PP drops to zero. This is upgraded from Spite, which lowers your PP by 1-5 points.
Rayquaza, the strongest Olympus Mon in Emerald. In the remakes, it gets a Mega Evolution which you use to fight Bonus Boss Deoxys in space.
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 Pokémon'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).
Unlike in the previous games, the tutorial on how to capture a Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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, however.
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the game assumes you already know how to catch a Pokémon when Brendan/May gives you the Dex Nav. You still help Wally catch his Ralts, though.
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.
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.note This's averted in the remakes where it's now possible to find Feebas in all of the tiles, with the Pokémon's encounter rate being lowered to compensate for this.
Less frustratingly, Chimecho only appears in one area and is extremely rare, and isn't even worth much besides Pokedex completion.
These games contain a notable inversion with the rivals, as they're the first (but not thelast) that don't let you input names for them.
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.
Oh, Crap: Kyogre and Groudon will do this once Rayquaza appears in Emerald and back off.
In contrast to the old Gameboy games, most Pokémon 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.
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.
Shifting Sand Land: There is a large desert, with a constant sandstorm raging, so you need goggles to get across it.
Subverted with Brawly and Winona. While it's possible to skip them and continue the story, the player will have to come back to beat them so they can access the Elite Four and Champion.
Played straight with final Rival fight in Lilycove City, though they will block access to the Department Store until they are beaten.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: The Dive move allows the player to travel underwater, without a scuba mask. 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 to show off how powerful they are.
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.
Adaptational Dye Job: Shelly and all the female Aqua grunts used to have orange hair. Now their hair is black, with a single blue streak for Shelly.
Adaptational Attractiveness: The designers take advantage of the new art style and upgrades some of the plain-looking and unremarkablenote due to the older art style character designs.
Adaptational Villainy: Played with in both games; In Omega Ruby, Maxie is a bit more ruthless than he is in the original games, seemingly not caring about Pokémon and wanting humanity to simply expand at any cost, and accusing Tabitha of wanting to replace him as leader when the Admin tries to warn him against awakening Primal Groudon. Inverted with Archie in Alpha Sapphire, who cares a great deal about Pokémon and his grunts and admins; Matt sees him like a brother, and Shelly is a childhood friend. This even expands to their hideouts. In the Aqua hideout, Archie had a photograph of him, Shelly and Jirachi taken approximately twelve years ago, and states when Kyogre awakens that he wanted to take the world back to its beginnings to make "that Pokémon" happy. Contrast this with Maxie, who only has a bed in his room, and simply talks about taking humanity to new heights once Groudon awakens.
Alternate Universe: The Delta Episode implies that the remakes are alternate universes to the original Ruby and Sapphire games, with the nails being the fact that the evolution of Pokémon took a slightly different path, the existence of the Kalos region war and the discovery of Mega Evolution.
And Your Reward Is Clothes: The Cosplay Pikachu will be given to you once you enter your first Contest, at which point you can bring it to the dressing room in any Contest Hall to change its costume.
The DexNav has several features that are very helpful:
If you search for a specific Pokémon you've caught before, only that Pokémon will appear in the overworld. This is quite useful if you're looking for Pokémon with low encounter rates.
Pokémon found with the DexNav have more perks than regular wild Pokémon, such as perfect IVs, Hidden Abilities, and even Egg Moves. This makes it much easier for people breeding competitive Pokémon, especially since some Egg Moves require a lot of chain breeding.
Rare Pokémon that you haven't caught yet appear more frequently in the overworld than normal encounters.
The ability to catch every non-event Legendary Pokémon that wasn't in Pokémon X and Y is a huge boon to anyone that doesn't have any of the previous games.
All Mega Stones are available in both games, including the ones from X and Y, allowing players to achive all Mega Evolutions without having to buy X and Y.
Every O-Power except for the Hatching Power is obtained in Mauville's Pokémon Center, though getting them requires talking to several NPCs.
It's now possible to own both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike at the same time, although you're only allowed to do so after beating the game.
Your rival will heal your team after fighting you, or after getting past a long route.
There is no longer a limit on the amount of PokéBlocks you can feed your Pokémon, so it's much easier to max out contest stats and evolve Feebas.
Several points in the game that required backtracking in the originals now give you an option to just travel there immediately. For example, after beating Flannery your rival will offer to travel with you to Petalburg City.
The Synchronize trick for getting specific Natures has a 100% success rate for the mandatory Latias/Latios.
Getting Feebas is no longer a Guide Dang It, as it can be found anywhere on Route 119's river with any of the fishing rods. Do note that its encounter rate is lower than the originals (about 5%) to compensate.
The Safari Zone is now free, doesn't have a step limit, and allows you to catch Pokémon the old-fashioned way, meaning no more fleeing Pokémon.
The evil team's hideout does not close permanently like in the originals, so you can go back and grab the Master Ball and the TM for Dark Pulse if you missed them the first time around.
If you couldn't catch Kyogre or Groudon, they will respawn in the Cave of Origin after beating the Elite Four. Deoxys will spawn at the top of Sky Pillar if you couldn't catch it during Episode Delta.
If you mess up on one of the ice tile puzzles in Wallace's gym and fall through the floor, you don't have to start all over since the puzzles solve permanently. So if you fell at the last puzzle, when you climb back up you'll only have to solve that one.
Rayquaza has a much higher catch rate since obtaining it is required to beat Episode Delta.
If you faint the Latias/Latios encountered using the Eon Ticket, they won't disappear from the overworld and can be challenged again.
Usage of Flash has been reduced. The dark part of Granite Cave is now an optional area, and even then it's just darkened to the point where Flash makes it easier to navigate, but not totally blacked-out to the point where it's required.
Surfing the ocean routes is made more manageable in several ways: encounter rates are lower, there are Ace Trainers so you're not just fighting Water Pokémon, the map on the bottom screen makes it significantly easier to figure out where you're going, and you can Fly to every route you've been to instead of having to navigate between towns. Movement speed is also faster, and can be increased further by Surfing on a Sharpedo.
Anti-Poop Socking : The games prevent battling the trainers in other players' Secret Bases until the day after they have been added.
Apathetic Citizens: Like in the original, only a few select places avert this; Sootopolis and Lilycove, as well as Mossdeep finally. Everywhere else, this is played straight; ironic, considering the BuzzNav reports everything within seconds and thus everyone in the entire country should be panicking.
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. Instead, the player seemingly sets the clock automatically.
Southern Island can be flown into and out of anytime after you gain the ability to use Fly outside of battle. However, you can only get the opposite Eon Pokémon via the use of the Eon Ticket, which involves going to Slateport City harbor to talk to the ship's captain so that he can take you to Southern Island. Said captain still waits for you to talk to him in order to "sail back" after you've done your business on Southern Island.
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".
The opposite gendered rival is now a lot more involved with the plot, and are the final trainer you fight in the main story.
Wally is no longer treated that much as a side rival - in addition to gaining his own theme song, he also gains a unique battle remix for when you face him for the last time. Also, not only is he one of the few trainers to receive a Mega Evolve-capable Pokémon (his Gallade), he's also one of the few trainers to have a full trainer model instead of artwork when you battle him, a honor reserved only to characters important to the plot.
Professor Cozmo now has his own model and helps with the meteor crisis during Episode Delta. Reading some old letters found in Sea Mauville reveals some of his history before the events of the game.
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 (and the Latias/Latios you get with the Eon Ticket) in an arena resembling pinkish dreamy clouds.
Attention Whore: Lisia. It's kind of hard to deny it with her flashy, glitzy clothes, bubbly attitude, and a routine that simply screams "Look at me!" And it works too - when she shows up, practically everyone in Slateport (your character included) rushes to see her.
One particular Aqua grunt calls attention to her midriff, saying that she has more style than she knows what to do with. Then there's Aqua Admin Shelly, who's midriff cuts into the A symbol of her uniform.
Lisia's glitzy (and rather loud) costume does this.
Batman Can Breathe in Space: Well, Mega Rayquaza can at least when he goes into outer space to destroy the meteor. The player character needs a special suit.
Boss in Mook Clothing: Be careful when using the Dexnav: keep searching for the same Pokémon and one much higher leveled than the standard Pokémon in the area might show up. And it may have powerful Egg Moves and good IVs too. Even a Wurmple of this calibur is perfectly capable of inflicting a Total Party Kill early on in the game.
Boss Remix: Inverted with a calmer version of Archie and Maxie's battle music that serves as their theme in cutscenes. A straight example is Wally's battle theme.
Brick Joke: The Intriguing Stone returns from X and Y, and this time it really is a Mega Stone - Pigeotite. You need to take it to President Stone to get it analyzed.
Broad Strokes: Steven mentions having fought Rayquaza alongside a young male trainer with a black Charizard. This happened in the second episode of the anime's Mega Evolution Special, but it's unlikely it's Canon Welding.
Brawly is now required to battle in order to progress the plot - there are people blocking the entrance way to Steven's room in Dewford Cave if you don't beat him.
Similarly with Winona, who was entirely optional until you needed to beat the Elite Four (you needed to beat Brawly to fight your dad), but now a trainer blocks the way until you defeat her.
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!"
Better yet, the events of X and Y take place several years later.
A scientist in Devon Corp in the original game stated that he was trying to created a machine to reproduce the dreams of Pokémon with minimal success. Since the remake was made after Black and White, he now says that his rival in a far away region (Fennel) is also working on one so he has to catch up.
A "Kalos Stone", excavated from Glittering Cave, is found in Roxanne's Gym.
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.
Chekhov's Gun: Remember that Meteorite you get during the main story? The Delta Episode sure does. It proves to be the final meteorite chunk needed for Rayquaza in order to Mega Evolve so you can get into outer space so that you can destroy the meteor headed for Hoenn and reveal Deoxys.
Convection Schmonvection: Subverted. In Omega Ruby, unlike the original, you actually need to put on a special suit to deal with the hot temperatures surrounding Groudon. It's almost immediately double subverted when you are at the heart of the magma chamber in the Cave of Origin surrounded by lava as you take the suit off to fight it.
The first Mystery Gift promotion gave a free Shiny Beldum; not only is does comes with Metagross' Megastone, it has moves that Beldum normally don't have, including Hold Back (which is pretty much the same as False Swipe) making it very useful for catching Pokémon. It also knows Iron Head, making it useful in the first Gym (so long as you don't level it past 10).
You can encounter Pokémon with egg moves or Hidden Abilities using the [DexNav]. It's entirely possible to get a Tallow with Brave Bird/Boomburst or a Shoormish with its Hidden Ability and Seed Bomb before you even reach the first Gym.
The DexNav function on the PokéNav Plus will detect the Pokémon NPCs you see in towns, and will even add them to your PokéDex as "Seen" if you haven't encountered them already.
The games will recognize if you have a Pokémon transferred from the original Ruby, Sapphire or Emeraldnote meaning they would've had to make a leap across completed saves of Generation IV and V games with Pal Park and Poké Transfer respectively until arriving in Gen VI with Pokémon Bank's Poké Transporter. Talking to the Game Director in Lilycove while you have it in the front of your party reward you with a certificate you can put in your Secret Base.
The shiny Beldum you get from the events are noted to having once be belonged to Steven Stone (as evidenced by its OT being "Steven"). Having it in your party when talking to Mr. Stone of Devon Corp. will cause him to recognize it as a "rare white Beldum" and cause him to wonder how it would stand up to Steven's current Beldum. In addition, the note by the gift Beldum from Steven's House within Mossdeep City is also changed to reference the Shiny Beldum. Having it in your part will also open up an extra conversation with Steven about him being reminded of the time he fought Rayquaza alongside a man with a Black Charizard. Finally, showing it to the Fossil Maniac of Route 114 will cause him to mention that Steven traveled all the way to the Kalos region just to hunt for this Beldum.
The Contest Spectacular is actually well thought about when it comes to move animations within the contest:
Nature Power doesn't have its own animation - it simply turns into an elemental attack based upon the surroundings. What happens if you try to use it during a contest? It turns into Encore, a move whose animation involves a spotlight appearing on the target Pokémon as well as applause sounds.
If you use moves that specifically involves interacting with the opponent (like Sky Drop, Flying Press, Play Nice, Slam, etc.), a substitute doll appears just so that the animation can work properly.
Use Teleport, and the Pokémon will immediately return to the stage after performing said move using the "swap in" animation the contest uses to switch between the competing Pokémon.
When engaging in a battle underwater, the Pokéball you throw out will be slowed down by the water.
In real life, the Leonid Meteor Shower happens every so often. The event is associated with the Leo constellation in the sky. In ORAS, it's called the Litleonid Meteor Shower.
Divergent Character Evolution: In Ruby and Sapphire, Team Aqua and Team Magma were more or less interchangeable in terms of characterization, while the remakes give each team very distinct personalities. Team Aqua is much more laid back, with the male grunts slouching, and are something of an Animal Wrongs Group whose goal is to return the planet to a previous state where sea life dominated. Team Magma are much more orderly, with grunts saluting in their artwork and pre-battle poses, and they are Visionary Villains trying to advance humanity's evolution by giving more room for development.
Dragon Rider: While the Fly HM has been in every Pokémon game, this is the first time the franchise (or at least the main series) 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
Dungeon Bypass: Roxanne's gym allows you to maneuver around the three trainers and just go right to her.
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...
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: It's possible for the players to invoke this trope by enabling a feature that would allow you to use the 3DS's external camera during the contests as the scene created by the 3DS's camera replaces the contest stage, allowing one to, for example, pretend their Pokémon's attacking their real life friends.
Fusion Dance: In the Hoenn equivalent of the O Powers side quest, getting the final O Power involves all the previous O Power givers (and a random man) merging together, turning into Mr. Bonding from X and Y in the process.
Genre Savvy: If there's one thing the Team Aqua and Magma grunts are good at, it's remembering all the times you battled them, and knowing full well that they're going to lose again.
Unfortunately, the idea that their superiors are bound to lose to you is a much harder concept for them to grasp.
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 side quest.
In the Team Magma/Aqua hideout, a magazine found underneath a bed with chewed-up sheets reads, "The Fame and the Shame! Champions Exposed!"
In Sea Mauville, you come across a room with a pair of lasses facing each other. One of them is flustered and gives you a key in exchange for you keeping this a secret, while the other simply blushes. The non-blushing one says that she's showing the other "how hard it is to be a trainer". Of course you are.invoked
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...
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Quite a number of the Team Magma/Aqua Grunts in the Magma/Aqua base don't even battle you no matter how much you talk to them, despite your notoriety in derailing their plans.
The requirements that you need to fulfill before Rydel gives you both bikes at once are not hinted at by the game, and you might not even know you can do so unless you explore the Safari Zone (as there are a couples spots that obviously need both bikes to proceed). To unlock them, you need to talk to a Hex Maniac in the northern part of Route 111's desert (you'll need the Mach Bike to reach her), a Bird Keeper near the Weather Institute at Route 119 (you'll need Surf, Waterfall, and the Acro Bike to reach him), and a Biker in the post-game only Battle Resort.
Unlocking the Mirage Spots you find while Soaring that have Legendaries requires the player to have at least one Pokémon in their party with a specific attribute. The games give no hints as to what they are or even imply that any sort of trigger is required to access them.
Getting Regigigas: Capture all three Regis, and then, during the daytime, bring all three of them to Island Cave while a nicknamed Regice holds a ice-related item. A girl in Pacifidlog gives off hints on at least one of these conditions (sometimes), but not all of them.
Hand Wave: There really is no explanation why all the legendaries can be found in the game. Nearly all of them are summoned through a dark portal, and you engage them in an Amazing Technicolor Battlefield. You sometimes get a message beforehand indicating a legendary is ready to be battled, but that's it. Legendaries have been handwaved in past games, including Mewtwo and the Bird trio in X/Y, but for the most part, like Black/White2, many of them at least had a side quest associated with them. For example: the ghost girl and Cresselia, and Professor Juniper investigating the Lake Guardians.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released November 21st, 2014 in America and Japan...twelve years to the date that they were released in Japan.
In universe, you obtain the other regions' starter Pokémon under similar conditions you've obtained your Hoenn starters (ie, Professor Birch being chased by a Pokémon or, in one case, his wife, with Birch somehow mistaking her for a wild Pokémon).
Humanoid Abomination: As if his mannerisms weren't creepy enough, as demonstated through the O-Power sidequest Mr. Bonding is far from being a natural human.
Jiggle Physics: May's hair and the bow that her bandana's tied into are very prone to bouncing around.
Luck-Based Mission: Most of the Mirage Spots appear randomly, which can be a pain for 100% Completion since some have TMs and/or Evolution items (like the Razor Claw), all have rare foreign Pokémon, and one of them has Cresselia!
Long Song, Short Scene: Due to the cutscene's length being reduced (and the fact that it now only plays when sailing to Dewford City), the song played when sailing with Mr Briney is now this.
Mook Chivalry: What is notable is that thanks to the new change to horde battles, Team Magma and Aqua's grunts are now capable of averting this trope and can now jump rush you 5-to-1.
The new Pokédex is shaped like a Game Boy Advance while the new PokéNav 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 Streetpassing 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 Brendan/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 Ruby and Sapphire (and, by extension, FireRed and LeafGreen). 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).
The Game Corner still exists in Mauville City. However, it closed down before the events of the game. Speak to the reminiscing owner of the game store (who happens to be standing in front of the Game Corner's doorplace) and he'll give you the three starter dolls for your secret base (which were originally prizes for winning at the Game Corner).
In Delta Episode, the plan to avert the Colony Drop is to send the asteroid through a dimensional portal via an object called the "Link Cable". The Link Cable was an accessory for the Game Boy (Advance) that let players trade their Pokémon between games.
In the original games, Wattson mentioned having plans to convert the entirety of Mauville City but was unable to do so. Come the remakes, it seems he was able to finally achieve his goal as Mauville City has gotten the largest overhaul of any city in Hoenn.
My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Surfing trainers finally make a debut in these games. However, none of their Pokémon you battle know the move.
Averted when Maxie/Archie awakens Groudon/Kyogre and it gets out of control, Archie/Maxie exclaims that the heat/rain will bring every living being to death.
Also averted in Sootopolis. A female Poké Fan says, "Once you die, everything will be gone..."
News Travels Fast: EVERYTHING you do is immediately reported on the BuzzNav. Save the world? On the news. Sneak up to a Pokémon rustling in the bushes in the middle of nowhere? Someone is timing how fast it took you to approach it, and whether you ran away, defeated it, or caught it. Fight a reporter and camera man looking for a scoop? You're the scoop. Set a new trend in Dewford Town? Not only will the entire island be celebrating it by the time you take two steps into the house next to the guy you told the trend about, but you'll be on the news being credited as the trend setter. Buy a certain item in huge bulk? You're reported on the news as a shopper who knows a good deal when you see one. In fact, the news even lampshades the importance of your presence in the story by mentioning how you're the very trainer who's been appearing in so many of the news stories lately. The trope is played straight even before you get involved in the story too. The news will inform you of Professor Cozmo's kidnapping before you learn about it.
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 Pokémon originating from the original Ruby and Sapphire (which would require it to be migrated through the 4th and 5th generations and finally to Pokémon 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.
Peninsula of Power Leveling: Like in the first game, players can create one themselves through Secret Bases, which can then be shared with other players. In particular, making a base with a full team of Blisseys all knowing nothing but Healing Wish, a move that KOs the user as long as it is not the last Pokémon left, is an effective and perfectly safe way to train weak Pokémon.
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.
Preexisting Encounters: In addition to the classic Random Encounters, wild Pokémon can sometimes be seen in the overworld, which can only be fought if players sneak up on them. These encounters can be spawned at will by searching for a Pokémon with the DexNav. As a Pokémon is encountered more, Pokémon found with the DexNav will have more perks such as perfect IVs, Hidden Abilities, and Egg Moves.
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).
Satiating Sandwich: In Maulville's food court, you can buy a Village Sub Combo for 1,000 PokéDollars once a day. During the five rounds you have to wait for it, trainers will challenge you for your seat; if you win a battle on the fifth round, exactly (counting the battles with all trainers who challenge you) the vendor gives you a Nugget along with the sandwich, giving you a 4,000 PokéDollar profit. (At least.) And if you defeat all the available trainers in one day (meaning you must defeat each one's single Pokémon in a single round) you also get a rare Berry. Get more Gym Badges and you can order the Magnemite Croquettes or the Mauville Ramen Bowl, which require double or specialized matches, but reward more valuable prizes if successful.
Sequel Hook: In addition to the Battle Frontier still being built by the time these games take place, it's revealed at the end of the Delta Episode that Steven will be asking Wallace to take over his role of champion after he goes to travel around the world, revealing a possible future sequel with a few changes from Emerald being put into the games.
Wanda gives you the Gardevoirite and Prof. Cozmo gives you the Galladite. Ralts is a part Fairy type (until it evolves into Gallade). Hmm...
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.
Star-Crossed Lovers: After the Delta Episode, you can find a female Magma Grunt and a male Aqua Grunt in a house at the Battle Resort, who claim they've quit their teams to be together. However, after other Grunts arrive and tell them that hostilities between the two Teams is getting worse, the two decide to go back to try to make peace between the Teams - and offer you a Camerupt and a Sharpedo, each holding a rather rare Berry.
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.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: The remakes finally avert this for the player; to dive underwater and not drown, you're given a miniature oxygen tank and goggles. Underwater trainers also feature gear similar to this. The Pokémon still play it straight, however.
Sword of Plot Advancement: Just like Zekrom/Reshiram in Black and White, and Xerneas/Yveltal in X and Y, you are forced to catch Rayquaza to proceed with the Delta Episode.
Wally goes from a timid frail boy who needs help from Norman to capture Ralts into a strong trainer fully capable of testing the player's limits if unprepared. Being able to mega-evolve his Gallade and later having a competitive team during the battle resort helps in.
The Elite Four and Champion do this in the post-game. While this isn't normally worth a mention, ORAS takes it a step beyond the previous games; Steven passed out Mega Stones and Key Stones to the entire Elite Four, and their Pokémon jump several levels into the 60s and 70s. It will catch unwary players off guard.
The Unreveal: At the vague number of years that pass between some of the games. Looking at the description of the model of the Royal Unova in the Slateport City Museum says that it's "scheduled to be completed in — years. The number is too small to read."
You All Look Familiar: The women who guards the entrance to the cable car and the woman who gives out tickets both look similar. Lampshaded by a hiker on the upper cable car house who claims that the ones at the top are twins while the ones at the bottom are also twins.
You Don't Look Like You: The character redesigns are a lot more prominent and drastic than they were in the remakes of previous gens. As just a few examples:
Tabitha went from being tall and lanky to short and fat.
Matt, originally sort of chubby and out of shape, is far more muscular and chunky.
Shelly remains the same size and shape, but has so many changes to her hair, skin, and costume that she looks like a whole new character with the same name.
A city example: Mauville has changed so much since the original games it's barely recognisable, becoming Hoenn's version of Castelia or Lumiose. (And, in fact, in includes Shout Outs to both of those)
Zerg Rush: Like in X & Y, horde battles have made a return. However, in addition, Team Magma and Aqua Grunts can also engage in you in 5-on-1 battles this time!