a role-playing game developed by Game Freak. Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald are the first games released for the 3rd generation of Pokémon. Players take on the role of trainers: travelling through through the Hoenn region they catch and train Pokémon to compete in the Pokemon League and thwart the schemes of the nefarious criminal organizations Team Magma & Team Aqua. Use this tag for questions about Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald specifically.
The first main series games for the Gameboy Advance and the first Pokémon versions of the third generation.
Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald take place in the Hoenn region of the franchise's fictional universe. This region is based on the real-world Japanese main island of Kyushu. The games introduce 135 new Pokemon and the Double battles, Pokémon Abilities & Natures mechanics.
The player chooses either a Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip as their starter Pokémon from Professor Birch.
- Release dates: November 21, 2002 (Jap), March 19, 2003 (NA), April 3, 2003 (Aus),July 25, 2003 (EU)
- Developer: Game Freak
- Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
- Platform: gameboy-advance
For questions relating to the overall series of Pokémon games, use the Pokemon tag. Use the generation tag for game mechanics questions not specific to Pokémon R/S/E