First off, let me tell you that when Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire released on the Game Boy Advance eleven years ago, I fell in love with the franchise all over again. I had Red and Blue right before the rush took off, and I had a copy of Gold ordered at Myer (of all places!), but when Ruby and Sapphire released, I had no idea what I was expecting. Being the first set of Pokemon games on new hardware, I was absolutely blown away. Sure, Gold and Silver made advancements on the originals; but it was still the same gameplay, with a bit of added colour. And as a kid, boy were they great.
But Ruby and Sapphire represented something else for me. I was thirteen, at an age where most people I know had long left their Pokemon games behind for other things, like sports or teen dramas on TV. Not me though. No way.
That is why when hearing about the remakes, and then receiving a Club Nintendo code for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, I was transported back to 2003 again. The vivid colours of the new screen. The addition of new Pokemon. The TRUMPETS!