Pokémon Ruby(JP) and Pokémon Sapphire(JP) are part of the third generation of Pokémon games (also known as "the gem generation" from its naming - Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald). It was also the first set of Pokémon games to be released on the Game Boy Advance, as Pokémon Gold and Silver were both on the Game Boy Color. This led to large graphical upgrades from the previous games, as well as a new storyline. Of course, as in every new generation of Pokémon games, there were also brand new Pokémon species, 135 more to be exact.
Double battles were first introduced in these games, as well as Pokémon Contests, Secret Bases, and Pokémon Abilities. In Ruby and Sapphire and beyond battling environments, e.g. Sandstorm, would inflict damage each turn, and the ground was different. When their sales are combined, Ruby and Sapphire are the best-selling Game Boy Advance games in history. Separately, they are both among the top ten best-sellers for the Game Boy Advance.
- HM06 is now Rock Smash (previously TM08)
- HM07 Dive is added instead of Whirlpool
- HM08 Waterfall has been moved from HM07
In previous games you fought the Gym Leaders, beat the Elite Four and your rival/champion. But in Ruby and Sapphire (and Pokémon Emerald) you go back to the hometown, and get given a ticket to go to the Battle Tower/Battle Frontier.
The Bad Guys
Depending on which version you got you faced either:
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In 2014, the game was remade again in the form of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which brought new features to the game such as the Fairy-type, Super Training and Pokémon-amie from Pokémon X and Y, new Primal Forms for Groudon and Kyogre, a post-game Delta Episode and all-new characters such as Lisia, Zinnia and Aarune.