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Pokémon Ruby Version (Game Boy Advance)

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Description

Pokémon is back for another round catching and training! You're the new guy (or girl) in Littleroot Town, and the newest generation of Pokémon trainers. Professor Birch sends you on your way in your journey, with one of your choice of 3 starter Pokémon. There's Treecko (A grass-type chameleon-like little guy) Torchic (a Fire-type bird) and Mudkip (a Water-type amphibious creature).

Now, you've got a whole new world to explore in Hoenn, with eight new gyms and two-on-two battles, opening up a whole new myriad of tactics! New items, new Pokémon (over 350!!), and a new Pokédex to boot too! And of course we have our new villains, the nefarious Team Magma, who plan on submerging the world in water in order to call out the Legendary Groudon!

Only one person can stop them and become the ultimate Pokémon Master... You!

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Pokémon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance Tree houses?
Pokémon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance Gambling using the slot machine
Pokémon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance This is where you are this time around
Pokémon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance New tall grass ... you disappear from sight (mostly) in this grass

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon Version Rubis" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Rubin-Edition" -- German title
  • "Pokémon Edición Rubí" -- Spanish title
  • "ポケットモンスター ルビー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

Portable Review Jul 12, 2006 37 out of 40 92
N-Zone Aug 20, 2003 87 out of 100 87
NintendoWorldReport Mar 17, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Play.tm Jun 19, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Gamers.at Aug 23, 2003 83 out of 100 83
Gamestyle 2006 8 out of 10 80
Legendra 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Super Play Jul, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 08, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Nov 12, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Anime

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. As of May 2003, no word if the boy character in Ruby/Sapphire will show up in the series, but Team Magma and Team Aqua more than likely will.

Sales

In 2003 has 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.

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Related Web Sites

  • Pokèmon Elite 2000 (A Pokèmon fan site good at covering the latest news about coming and existing Pokèmon games.)
  • Psypokes (A comprehensive Pokémon site that pretty much covers everything there is to know about the games.)
Famine3h (298) added Pokémon Ruby Version (Game Boy Advance) on Feb 19, 2003