Pokemon Ruby Version Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: The race to catch 'em all is on again in Pokémon Ruby. This entry in the Pokémon series features an all-new storyline, awesome new Pokémon, and addictive RPG gameplay. One of the biggest additions to Pokémon Ruby is the two-on-two battle system, which allows you to link up with three friends to battle competitively or cooperatively. You can also showcase your Pokémon's coolness, beauty, cuteness, smartness, and toughness in Pokémon contests. With new Pokémon, two-on-two battles, and an all-new region of Hoenn to explore, Pokémon Sapphire takes the Pokémon experience to the next level. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 100
    Intensively addictive. The battles are lightning-fast, the controls are completely stress-free, and there’s still something primordially fun about filling up those Pokédex pages.
  2. The amount of depth involving the Pokemon contests, berries and other new details is truly astounding. [Mar 2003, p.135]
  3. I’ve uncovered a marvelous new gaming world that I love immersing myself in and now my nephew and I can talk with equal zest about our various Poké accomplishments.
  4. Sadly I must say even the gameplay is starting to be outdated, yet it is still by many standards one of the best formulas for a videogame on the market today.
  5. Ruby/Sapphire is probably the most intricate and detailed console RPG available. Staring into it will make many players woozy. [Sept 2003]
  6. 75
    The deeper I got into the game, however, the more I began to realize how little has changed in the Pokemon universe. [May 2003, p.39]
  7. If you've already been-there-done-that, move along - there's nothing to see here. But if you must have Pokemon then just get one of these games. Don't fall prey to Nintendo's cheesy marketing scheme.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 45
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 45
  3. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. KittyCrookshanks
    Jul 24, 2004
    It's really disappointing that such a great series of gams have such boring tv shows and movies.
  2. NickJ.
    Aug 13, 2004
    Sikkkk dude this game has good graphics 2 on 2 battles are good and i like the new areas its awesome.
  3. AlvinC.
    Apr 19, 2003
    Great game... interesting twists... an improvement of the previous versions of the Pokemon game series!
  4. Jan 17, 2012
    My favourite GBA game ever. Played 38 hours of it in my most recent playthrough back in '05. Sapphire version had this whale pokemon that I captured and it was sick. lololololololololololol. 10/10 Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2011
    dis is actually 4 sapphire, but they dont have it so, uh, ill just review this and giv it a 9, or 93%, cause the beggining, like all pokemon games xept goldsilvercrytstalheartgoldsoulsilver sucks. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2013
    The Hoenn region in the games may feel a tad to similar to the Kanto region, but despite this, the games are highly addictive, with a great and new adventure to explore. "Pokemon Ruby Version" is fun and an interesting game that Pokemon fans will most likely cherish. Expand
  7. PokemonGood
    Jul 26, 2003

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