Why Nintendo Will Not Remake Generation III Pokemon Games

Pokemon Grey Fan Concept Art
Pokemon Grey Fan Concept Art

Over the last year or two, there has been a lot of speculation that Nintendo will, eventually, remake their third generation of Pokemon games. The logic is that when Gen III was new, they remade Gen I; when Gen IV was new, they remade Gen II;  and, now that Gen V is out, why not remake Gen III? I can give you one very good reason: Compatibility.

When Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire (Gen III) was originally released, Nintendo had completely overhauled the game mechanics from the previous generations. They fine-tuned the EV and IV systems, added Natures and Abilities, and basically rewrote the entire data structure (read more here). This left Poke-maniacs unable to transfer their favorite Pokemon from the previous two generations into the new one. Needless to say, people were not thrilled.

FireRed LeafGreenIn response to this reaction (one that was more than likely expected), Nintendo released Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen - remakes of the Gen I games. They update the games to be compatible with the new data structure, and added a bunch of extra improvements and bonuses, including legendary Pokemon from the Gen II game.

But what about the Gen II games? That call was answered nearly five years later.

In 2009, in the midst of the Generation IV era, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilverwere released. These two games brought Gen II to the modern era, mixing the old with the new, and thus, making all the games, and Pokemon, compatible with each other.

Now that Gen V is upon us, people are clambering for a Gen III remake, but why? The intent of these last two remakes were to make the old games compatible with the current format, and since all Gen III games are already compatible, there is no need to do a remake.

The only reason for Nintendo to do so, that I can see, is greed. Every Pokemon game makes Nintendo a fortune, which in the business world, is a pretty good reason to do something, but I feel that saturating the world of Pokemon with remakes just for the sake of releasing remakes, would tarnish the image of the franchise. Instead, they should focus their efforts on creating the third game in the current Gen (we all know it’s going to be Grey!) , and then starting development on the next generation of games.

What do you think? Should there be a Ruby and Sapphire remake? Drop your brains in the comments.

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