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The game is fun and builds onto the basic format of previous games in the Pokemon franchise. There are a ton of new pokemon to catch, places to explore, trainers to battle, and a bunch of interesting side quests to kill additional time. The game's graphics and sound are updated to match the capacity of the Game Boy Advance. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire have sold the most out of all games for the GBA and for good reason.
My only personal lament is that the newer Pokemon games are designed to force die-hard fans to trade between all 4 of the third generation games (not counting Emerald) in order to "catch em all", and it can be rather difficult to find people to trade with between all 4 cartridges, not to mention that some of the legendary Pokemon are only made available by attending IRL special events which your average gamer is never going to participate in.
EDIT: Too all ebayers looking for Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, or for that matter any well-known GBA games: beware of obscure sellers with few/no reviews or feedback. Many of the copies of such games on Ebay are bootleg copies that are poorly programmed and assembled. I was screwed over a couple times by buying illegitimate copies of games which wouldn't save or function properly. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU BUY FROM.
The game was good, but I've been a fan since 1996 so I had to get it, the only problem with the pokemon series of games is that the story line is all ways the same. The plot never changes and once you beat the every one in the game, catch all of the pokemon there isn't much left for you to do.
The fact that this game does improve what Gold, Silver, and Crystal didn't do so well on. In the previous ones, in order to get certain pokemon, you have to hunt them at certain times of day, this became a big hassle for some. In this game, you have a better chance at finding the kind of pokemon you want, and not having to wait for a certain time of day. The only downside I saw to this was that all the original pokemon wouldn't be captured in this version, and that you'd have to have FireRed and LeafGreen to get them. Other than that, a well deserved game, and a must for those that just want to catch 'em all!
Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald are all different from the pokemon games we are all use to. The graphics are different, which I didn't like that much, but interesting new places to travel and new pokemon to meet.
The game is a fun retro experience but does crash on the DS system. My kids would like to see these titles released for the DS system. You can purchase this game and others at very affordable prices on Ebay but we were surprised that is was a game marketed for the Spanish market with Spanish prompters throughout the game. I would suggest asking the buyer if these are American releases before buying. We are still very happy with the purchase and enjoy the Sapphire Version. It is challenging and has more reading than the new Pokemon DS titles.
Bought this game for my 11yr old son at his request. He has a few different pokemon versions. He likes the Saphire edition for its different Pokemon. He plays all versions the same amount of time.
the game is great. but imo (in my opinion), this was my LEAST favorite pokemon game out of the 5 gens. practically all the pokemon werent interesting. but the game is still worth GETTING to CATCH 'EM ALL!
My Son is an avid Pokemon fan. He has enjoyed this game from the moment he received it.It has everything he wanted in it.He enjoys all the different varieties of the Pokemon available to battle with.He has all of the other versions and this seems to be his favorite. Ryan got money for Christmas that we didn't use so we purchased it as an after Christmas gift. We highly recommend this game for a Pokemon fans.
The game works fine. The problem is that the game I received was slightly broken. The cartridge itself was missing a small piece. It does not interfere with gameplay, but it does make it harder to put the game in and take out. The game was listed as "very good" condition. In my opinion it should have been no higher than "good." Other than this, the game works fine.
I bought this for my 10 year old son. He loves pokemon but was kinda disappointed in this game. He says it was too easy????? ,other than that he loves it. Even thought he says it was too easy he still spends hours playing it. Since I really don't know much about pokemon I can't say more, sorry.