This week on RetroNight, in preparation for the launch of Pokemon: Sun and Moon we’ll be covering what is largely considered to be the best Pokemon game of all time. Pokemon Emerald Version, for Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance console, revolutionized the series.
By the time the third generation of games came around, it was clear that the formula was starting to become stale. It was expected that you would pursue eight badges by completing the gyms, and subsequently challenge the coveted Pokemon League, for a shot at the championship.
Pokemon Emerald is a prime example of endgame content at its finest. The game itself wasn’t particularly unique or striking in any way compared to the original titles in the series. What really sold the deal was the Battle Frontier. This included experiences such as the Battle Factory, which was far ahead of its time. It was essentially like the Arena in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft before the digital TCG even existed.
The Frontier Brains serving as super-bosses really cemented the concept of hidden challenges for players willing to go the extra mile.
These things of course, are only complemented by the inherent genius of the early design choices of the Pokemon franchise.