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Pokémon Ruby Version (Game Boy Advance)

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1001 Video Games

Pokémon Ruby appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The girl character in Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire became the basis for Haruka, one of the new characters to appear in the sixth anime series of Pocket Monsters: Pokémon Advance Generation. It was scheduled to debut in the U.S. in the fall of 2003, and Haruka's name was changed to May. Team Magma and Team Aqua were the subjects of several episodes in this series, and the boy character received a number of cameos.

ROM Hacking

Pokémon Ruby Version and its counterparts, Sapphire and Emerald, have become popular games among ROM hackers, and are the focus of large and dedicated hacking communities. Several completed hacks have become well-known across the internet, and many specialized programs and scripts have been developed to assist ROM hackers for these titles.


In 2003 Pokémon Ruby Version won the Gold-Award from the German VUD (Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland - Entertainment Software Association Germany) for selling more then 100,000 (but less then 200,000) units in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In addition, in the first quarter of 2004, the game also won the VUD Platinum-Award for selling more then 200,000 units.

Note: The Platinum-Award does not replace the Gold-Award, but is in addition. Therefore it equals more then 300,000 sold units in total.


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – #7 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year (together with Pokémon Sapphire Version)
Information also contributed by Xoleras

Contributed by Satoshi Kunsai (1810) on May 17, 2003. [revised by : ~Harmony~ (4565), Patrick Bregger (142934) and --x-- (58546)]. -- edit trivia