Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Remake Demo Coming Next Week

Nintendo shares one way to get an access code for the demo and reveals some of the games' new Pokemon.

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A month before they go on sale, the remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire will be getting a demo, Nintendo announced today along with details on some of the special Pokemon you'll encounter in the full games.

We'd previously heard that a demo was coming which would allow you to transfer certain progress to Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby. Now we know it's coming next Tuesday, October 21, with the absurdly long title of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Special Demo Version. Nintendo still isn't saying exactly what the demo will entail, only that it offers "a glimpse of the adventure coming on November 21."

This demo won't be freely available on the eShop, as most demos are; instead, you'll need a special code. One way to guarantee yourself a code is to have a free Pokemon Trainer Club account and opt to be on the mailing list for the Pokemon Trainer Club Newsletter. You can sign up for that at Pokemon.com, though Nintendo says there will be others ways of receiving a code, too, should you not want to fill your inbox with Pokemon emails.

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Aside from the demo talk, Nintendo also today offered some information on the specific Pokemon you'll be catching in next month's remakes. This includes the availability of two new Mega-evolved Pokemon, Mega Pidgeot and Mega Beedrill, as well as Mega Latios and Mega Latias.

The latter two are each exclusive to one of the remakes: You'll need a copy of Omega Ruby to catch Latias, or Alpha Sapphire for Latios. In both cases, you'll have to obtain what's called an Eon Ticket. Details on doing so haven't been shared, but having one will allow you to visit a certain region in the game that offers your only chance of catching either Pokemon.

Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will be released for 3DS on November 21 in North America and November 28 in Europe. Neither game supports Nintendo's new Amiibo figures, though producer Junichi Masuda is interested in them. Masuda also recently explained to us why the series has become easier over time.

For more on the remakes, check out our full rundown on exactly what's new in them.

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