Pokemon Emerald Version

Game Boy Advance
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 355 Ratings

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  • Summary: Like previous Pokémon games, Emerald challenges you to collect, trade, and battle Pokémon. In this extension of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, you must stop Team Magma and Team Aqua from expanding and taking over the world of Hoenn. Help maintain the balanceLike previous Pokémon games, Emerald challenges you to collect, trade, and battle Pokémon. In this extension of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, you must stop Team Magma and Team Aqua from expanding and taking over the world of Hoenn. Help maintain the balance by bringing your strategies and tactics onto all-new battlefields. In addition to single-player challenges, the game features multiplayer trading and battling with up to four players using a wireless adapter. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 95
    A fine addition to the Pokemon line-up. It is able to take everything good about Ruby and Sapphire and improve on it, both enhancing the original Ruby and Sapphire feature as well as adding new ones.
  2. Don't be fooled as I was – Pokémon Emerald is a great strategy RPG.
  3. Pokemon's winning concept refuses to crumble with age, and Emerald is as much fun as our old friends Red and Blue were back in 1998. [NGC Pocket]
  4. If you've heartily devoured Ruby and Sapphire, however, you're probably better off waiting until the next full-fledged new adventure to check out the latest improvements.
  5. The graphics and sound are GBA standard, which is to say cute but unimpressive (and reasonably tinny).
  6. Nintendo Power
    70
    Groundbreaking? No. A must-buy if you don't own Ruby or Sapphire? Absolutely. [June 2005, p.96]
  7. 60
    Without a doubt Pokémon Emerald is the best Pokémon RPG to date, but if you've played Ruby and Sapphire and didn't care enough to catch them all and memorize all of their cute little names, then there probably isn't much here for you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 66
  2. Negative: 2 out of 66
  1. LukeB.
    Dec 21, 2004
    10
    Amazing.
  2. JackS.
    Jul 11, 2005
    10
    Best pokemon game ever!
  3. SolomonR.
    Oct 4, 2007
    10
    Same story BUT...its slightly different plus they move like in pokemon crystal, you can get more pokemon like usual beforehand; like Same story BUT...its slightly different plus they move like in pokemon crystal, you can get more pokemon like usual beforehand; like sudowoodo, smeargle you can unlock more pokemon in the safari zone as you complete a certain task then having to trade much afterwards. Really cool game, and more things like the battle frontier, a change in the last gym and champion, the story of team magma and aqua and groundon, kyogre and rayquaza. also the fact that you can catch all three not to mention that they increased in levels than ruby and sapphire ones. Still one of the best games of pokemon. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2015
    10
    I remember so much from this game from the first moments when you are in a moving truck to the moment I found Rayquaza in that tower andI remember so much from this game from the first moments when you are in a moving truck to the moment I found Rayquaza in that tower and forgot to save before, failed and then saved -.- i was not a very smart kid. Expand
  5. SalvadorS.
    Aug 2, 2005
    10
    It's a pretty cool games because you could get both legendary pokemons.
  6. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    Hoenn is the best region in terms of variety and is really fun to traverse through. Gym leaders are no pushovers and the game proves to beHoenn is the best region in terms of variety and is really fun to traverse through. Gym leaders are no pushovers and the game proves to be decently challenging. The lack of post-game (I don't like BF) is sad, but this game definitely does not disappoint in other areas. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2018
    4
    I'm a longtime fan of the series, but even pokemon has its duds and this was one of them to me if you're not a fanboy blinded by nostalgia. MyI'm a longtime fan of the series, but even pokemon has its duds and this was one of them to me if you're not a fanboy blinded by nostalgia. My experience the first time I played it and in my recent replay to give it another chance was similar to Platinum so I'll reuse a bit of what I said:
    when taking my fanboyism behind, this game is BAD. It's not even due its problems but mostly due it's complete lack of change when compared to diamond pearl.
    -No change at all in the pokedex, none of the removed pokemon readded despite crystal having everybody in it, embarassing.
    -Not bringing back day and night despite this being the third time they launch a gba game and the gba clearly being able to have that when the gb could
    -They replace Wallace with another character with the same kind of team, its literally just a sprite replacement
    -The rival is still as bad as before, not even facing you with a good team
    -Contests are thrown together in a single place with discount Battle frontier buildings instead that are way inferior, in their original places
    -the changes at sootopolis are just one more travel instead of going directly for the legend in the cave, and then a small sprite demonstration of rayquaza showing up that doesnt add anything except looking ok to someone that was a kid at the time
    -Groundon and Kyogre are postgame and so bad to catch they could as well not be in, unlike how crystal dealt with lugia and ho-oh
    -Most routes are either the same or have a change that makes no difference like more poochenas instead of zigzagoons
    -Battle frontier, the only thing that changed that really even deserves a bit of attention, is the same as the Battle Tower but each facility has an extra gimmick and some made the facility unplayable, ev training is hellish back here too, so beating them is tiresome, boring and will take weeks of breeding and training in one of the worst games to do so
    -The game is an absolute carbon copy of R/S, you'd think the teams Magma and Aqua both being in would be a big change but nope: they play carbon copy roles to the R/S events doing the same things (and they both mostly throw Mightyenas and Golbats at you anyway)
    Bored me to death. Tried to give it a second chance really: BORED me to death.
    Games like USUM and B2 did a vastly superior job at having a third version that's actually fresh and worthy of playing, so I say if you don't know the series: play them instead.
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#2 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
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#1 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005