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We at TechRaptor were lucky enough to get a hold of the Pokemon Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby demo. For the first time Nintendo has released a demo version of one of their Pokemon titles and we’re here to tell you what its all about.

So many choices!

As a demo it is the barest of bones, you are able to choose one of the three Hoenn starters at level 35 in their second evolution; Grovyle, Combusken and Marshtomp. During the course of the demo you will go through approximately 6 trainer battles, all of which can be beaten with one attack. When your pokemon inevitably evolves you will get a Mega Stone to showcase its new, or in the case of Blaziken, old Mega Evolution. You’ll have brief encounters with both Team Aqua and Team Magma; Team Aqua has a degree of personality, while Team Magma reminded me so much of Team Flare I forgot what version I was playing. The demo also gives you a look at Mega-Metagross, who looks weird to say the least. At the end of the demo you can catch a Glailie (another new Mega Evolver) which you can subsequently transfer to the full version of the game when it launches November 21st.

Unfortunately, if you were excited to see any of the new features like mirage zones or the advanced flying you are out of luck. The demo also leaves out the return of secret bases and contests, consisting of one town to explore; full of locked doors and one small area where you will have your battles.

This is a cutscene, don’t get excited

As a demonstration of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s new features, this demo is lacking to say the least. For a means to catch a Mega-Evolving Glailie early it is perfect. If you’re on the fence about whether to buy Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire at launch, this demo won’t help make your decision as it looks and plays exactly like the recent X and Y versions. However if you’re a hardcore pokemon fan who’s already pre-ordered, it is worth playing through the 30 minute experience if only for the small reward a the end.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire release November 21st 2014 in North America.

Image credit to Serebii


Wyatt Hnatiw

Staff Writer

Wyatt Hnatiw is a lifelong gamer with a borderline inappropriate love of BioWare RPGs and Bioshock. Maybe he just loves the prefix Bio...