Pokemon has been around for more than a decade and the gaming equipment then was quite different from what we have now. While having the exact device allows you to play the game, the equipment now is more modern. As such, remakes of the popular classic games are made instead.
Since 1996, there have been several generations of Pokemon. A number of these games have remakes available. Here’s a list of the different Pokemon remakes so far:
- Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen. These are the enhanced remakes of Pokemon Red and Green, which were released in Japan on February 27, 1996. These remakes were released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004. On the other hand, Red and Blue were made available on the Nintendo DS in 2016. This game takes place in a region called Kanto.
When this was released, the current Pokemon games on the market were Ruby and Sapphire. Although FireRed and LeafGreen were commercial successes, several critics said that the games were too simple compared to Ruby and Sapphire.
- Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. These two are the remakes of Poken Gold and Silver, which were released on November 21, 1999 in Japan. The enhanced remakes were made for Nintendo DS and were released in 2010. The setting for this game is in a place called Johto. The goal of the game was to collect and raise Pokemon and defeat other trainers in order to become the best.
The reception for this game was mostly positive.
- Pokemon OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire. These games were rolled out for the Nintendo DS in 2014. They are the enhanced versions of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire which were released in Japan on November 21, 2002.
The third generation Pokemon were introduced in Ruby and Sapphire. On the other hand, OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire are part of the sixth generation of Pokemon. The enhanced versions were released twelve years after the original versions. The game play for OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire are similar to the old versions but this one features 135 new Pokemon.
Pokemon is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and a new game in the series is expected to be released on November 18 called Pokemon Sun and Moon. It’s clear that the release of these games will be the priority at the moment and remakes will have to come later. Sun and Moon is looking to be pretty exciting as it will have a bunch of new Pokemon as part of the seventh generation. Based on official releases and leaks, the latest version will feature an improved player as well as an improved user interface that will have icons on the bottom of the screen providing more information about Pokemons in battle.
Once this is finally out in the market, we can expect to hear about future release dates for remakes.
Recently, Junichi Masuda, a producer for the Pokemon game franchise said that there might be more remakes in the future. Masuda has been interested in the older games in the Pokemon series and might release re-mastered versions of those.