Another wave of Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire details has been released, as Nintendo loves to do once a month or so. Today's information comes in the form of a brand new trailer showcasing several new pieces of content and features. Some are new, including the gym leaders and Elite 4 of Hoenn, while some information is old, including a closer look at Mega Metagross and more of that awesome Super-Secret Base action.
Returning to help our Pokemon trainers start their journey will be Professor Birch. The chubby, bearded fellow in his cargo shorts and cheerfully wielding a man-purse. Joining Birch will be all of the old Hoenn faithful, gym leaders Norman, Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, and Flannery, as well as Elite Four members Sidney and Phoebe. Not every gym leader was revealed, nor every member of the Elite Four, so either Game Freak and Nintendo are saving the others for later or maybe we'll see some switch-ups? Their costumes have changed a bit, so there's always the potential for change.
It's also now confirmed that Steven will indeed be the Champion that the player has to defeat at the end of their games. Despite the change where he'll help players master Mega Evolution early on, as well as the addition of Mega Metagross to his line-up, Steven won't be removed from his original Ruby/Sapphire position. Nor will he be wandering as in Emerald.
As for Mega Metagross himself, he will indeed be A Steel/Psychic evolution. There's no type change here. His ability will change Tough Claws, increasing the power of attacks that make physical contact. Finally, his mega-stat will indeed be speed, though increases to Attack, Defense, special attack and special defense will also occur.
Also of note are several images of Pikachu apparently in cosplay, dressed as a pop star, a Ph.D, a rock star, a belle, and a lucha libre. Apparently this is in relation to an expanded Pokemon Amie features, as well as the addition of an all new "Contest Hall" in-game. Details related to Cosplay Pikachu are currently scant, but Nintendo did say to expect more information on this specific feature starting in August.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be made available starting starting October 21.