Pokemon Emerald Version

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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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  1. Positive: 93 out of 109
  2. Negative: 5 out of 109
  1. JackS.
    Jul 11, 2005
    10
    Best pokemon game ever!
  2. Oct 8, 2021
    10
    In 2021 Emerald is still one of the strongest Pokemon games ever made. It provides a good challenge, great story - combining Sapphire and RubyIn 2021 Emerald is still one of the strongest Pokemon games ever made. It provides a good challenge, great story - combining Sapphire and Ruby plot lines, and a large world that continues to expand as you play. There are a large amount of creatures, especially legendary Pokemon, and secrets that you can hunt throughout the game. Unlike more current Pokemon games, Emerald has a large amount of post-game content in the Battle Frontier (BF has been removed from later games for a more simplistic version that is far more boring - even Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby don't contain it...)

    You cannot go wrong with playing this one.
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  3. LouisL.
    Dec 22, 2004
    10
    I would like to see it in the US soon!
  4. Apr 3, 2015
    10
    Pokémon Emerald is the third release for generation 3, better sprites, more pokemon locations, and patching bits of the music. The game stillPokémon Emerald is the third release for generation 3, better sprites, more pokemon locations, and patching bits of the music. The game still takes place on Hoenn, protagonists being May, (Sapphire) and Brendan, (Ruby) still keeping both of the teams, Aqua and magma to fight between the legendary Kyogre and Groundon. Expand
  5. May 10, 2012
    9
    pretty good game.......sadly its obnoxious how you have no chance of completing the pokedex except without a action replay.......nd there ispretty good game.......sadly its obnoxious how you have no chance of completing the pokedex except without a action replay.......nd there is some stuff to do after you beat the game.........but not as much as what soul silver offers......however this game is twice as bettwr then ruby and salhire.....dont turn this game down.... Expand
  6. Aug 13, 2014
    9
    Game: Pokemon Emerald
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: GameFreak/Nintendo System: GameBoy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 94/100 Value Score: 9.4/10 •
    Game: Pokemon Emerald
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: GameFreak/Nintendo
    System: GameBoy Advance (GBA)
    Total Score: 94/100
    Value Score: 9.4/10

    • Story: 9/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 8/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 9/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Both Ruby and Sapphire story lines combined with a new twist
    +Consists of several visual changes such as text to reflect off of FireRed/Leaf Green
    +Capability of transferring pokemon from FireRed/Leaf Green along with that the ability to transfer over tickets for ship travel via events
    +A lot of new options for post game such as the Battle Frontier which will several more hours
    +Rematch Mode remade and now enables rematches of Gym Leaders

    Cons
    -Night/Day mode still missing from 2nd gen
    -Some pokemon which appeared for the first time in Ruby and Sapphire do not appear at all in game
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  7. Dec 11, 2021
    0
    La peor gen de la saga, la 5ª es mejor, la 3ª es la cosa mas simplona que he jugado en esta franquicia, villanos simplones, una regiónLa peor gen de la saga, la 5ª es mejor, la 3ª es la cosa mas simplona que he jugado en esta franquicia, villanos simplones, una región monótona y encima con mucho agua, un coñazo lo mires por donde lo mires, en su día entiendo que la gente lo flipase porque los gráficos mejoraron con respecto a la 2ª gen pero han envejecido un poco como el culo. Expand

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#1 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
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#1 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005