How I bought It
It has been 5 days since Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is taking too long, plus the import games have a certain markup percentage making them very pricey. Because of that, and since, I am still playing Ocarina of Time 3D (on cartridge), I decided to just by an eShop prepaid card and then buy Pokemon Alpha Sapphire digitally.
Why Alpha Sapphire?
I am quite sure that I will be getting Treecko as my starter Pokemon, the same one I started with in Emerald before. No. Not Torchic. I have Blaziken on my Pokemon Y and it has this ability to increase its speed every turn. Which means, I might need Kyogre, a water Pokemon, to be in my team at least during the story run.
Wingull is currently part of my team, (I’m around 4 hours now and still not reaching the first gym!). He won’t be in my team forever but man, it’s really fast with a nice defense. I’m not really a Pokemon player that dabble on stats etc, but I always want my Pokemon to be at least fast.
As I said, he won’t be in my team for so long. Why? A Pelipper was in my team during my Black 2 run. I have the habit of not picking the same Pokemon to be part of my team again after every game. Treecko is an exception, as I have never finished Emerald back then. And Blaziken is…. also an exception.
If you have been reading the Sun Rising blog, you might see that I actually did not write a lot about Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
I want to surprise myself. I had this Nintendo 3DS blog before and I wrote every freaking thing about Pokemon almost everyday up to the launch of Pokemon X and Y. But man, I got spoiled a lot of times on the story and the features, Maybe that’s the reason why I never liked that game a lot. Up to now, it is the only Pokemon series where I clocked in the least number of hours.
Sneak Mode and PokeNav
So going back to Alpha Sapphire, As mentioned, I am just quite a few hours into the game and I was really impressed with all the things I’m seeing. From how it started by showing us the main character holding what seemed like a Nintendo handheld at the back of a truck, I knew that this game exist for nostalgia’s sake. But I never did finish Emerald so the nostalgia is not really there for me. Even so, all the other details are looking good so far.
What was really interesting is the DexNav – In every route, the Pokenav will tell you if you have already captured all the Pokemon in that specific area. This feature has been existing in Generation V before.
The other one is the sneak move. – The player is now allowed to move as in very slowly, as if you are sneaking. What’s the purpose of the sneak move? We normally had random encounters with Pokemon even in the past games. This time, some Pokemon may wag its tail on top of the grass. In order for it not to run away, you have to “sneak” to get close to it, battle, and then capture! It is actually quite a simple affair, but it gives quite a breathing room – “You have always run on the grass to encounter Pokemon, why not walk this time?” is probably what the Game Freak employees have thought about. :) Also, those Pokemon sticking their tail out have some rare moves so it’s really good if you can capture them!
I will probably be playing the game through out the weekend during my my rest times. Yeah, I don’t have enough time playing games like before, but I know for a fact that Alpha Sapphire will be keeping me company for most of December.