Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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We recently attended a launch event for new Nintendo games Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. An incredibly successful brand, Pokemon has been around a while and keeps churning out new and anticipated releases, both in video game and animation format!

I first came to be familiar with Pokemon as a TV series that my Teen used to watch when he was a little boy, he’s now 16. I remember it being one of the first Japanese cartoons we saw and being intrigued by the difference in how the animation looked. There wasn’t anything like it at that time in terms of visuals and I remember the theme tune so well; how brilliantly catchy it was! Yes, this really took off in a big way!

I think the whole Pokemon phenomenon originally started with a video game for the Nintendo GameBoy around 1996/7 (I had one of these) with the TV series following along just after. Pokemon have a huge fan base and there’s always plenty of hype surrounding anything new, this was obvious by the amount of people at this event….. childless people!

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There were plenty of consoles around to try out the new games, I had a little go and even though I’m no gamer… I can see what all the fuss is about. You can almost decide your own destiny as you journey along the world of Hoenn, collecting Pokemon and unlocking their powers. And ok, I had no real clue what I was doing but I could see lots of people who did and they seemed resolute in their opinion that this was absolutely brilliant!

The main event for us though was seeing the premiere of new Pokemon movie ‘Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction’ before it aired on CiTV.

Pokemon Alpha Ruby Omega Sapphire

Pokemon Alpha Ruby Omega SapphireThe film was introduced by the directors and producers of the game, Shigeru Ohmori and Junichi Masuda who had traveled over from Japan, a very talented duo that’s for sure. This was a very special treat for some of the serious fans that were at the event.

Now, even though I’m familiar with Pokemon stories, in that there’s a main boy, Ash with his own Pokemon, Pikachu, who is the most famous one of all and the one that most people recognise (cute and yellow!), I was a little worried that I would be lost trying to understand the full length feature, or at least my children would be! But I needn’t have worried, the film was really very enjoyable, my children loved it and I was very pleasantly surprised!

The story went something like this….. there was a special Pokemon,  Princess Diancie who could make heart diamonds which were needed to help keep her kingdom alive. But because her strength wasn’t yet strong enough to create a big enough diamond, she went in search of a magical creature to help her realise her potential and gain her powers. The journey was, of course, full of danger with thieves and bad guys trying to capture her but after meeting with Ash, his friends and of course, Pikachu… they embark on the adventure together in a bid to save the day!

We thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure it will be a big hit with kids and die hard fans alike.

The Nintendo games are out now.

 

 

 

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