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Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire remakes coming to 3DS

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to ship worldwide in November

Remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire will launch on the 3DS this year, Nintendo has confirmed.

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have announced that both titles will release worldwide in November 2014.

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The original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire were released on the Game Boy Advance in 2002, and marked the third generation of the series.

Taking place in the Hoenn region, the games introduced 137 new Pokémon and featured double battles and Pokémon abilities for the first time.

"Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire are a fresh take on Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2003 and were fan-favourite hits on the Game Boy Advance system," reads The Pokémon Company's statement.

"The new titles promise to take players through a dramatic story within a spectacular new world."

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It is presumed the games will use the same fifth-generation engine introduced in Pokémon X & Y, which featured fully polygonal characters and Pokémon battles for the first time.

Earlier today Nintendo posted an annual net loss in the financial year ended March 31 2014. 3DS sales came in at 12.24 million units for the full year, taking lifetime sales to 43.33 million units.

The company cited Pokémon X & Y as the handheld's best selling first-party title with 12.26 million sales, ahead of Mario Kart 7 (9.62 million) and Super Mario 3D Land (9.27 million).

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be the third set of Pokémon remakes, following Fire Red and Leaf Green on GBA (remakes of Red and Blue on Game Boy) and HeartGold and SoulSilver on DS (remakes of Gold and Silver on Game Boy Color).

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