The Gameboy Advance had so many titles you could play one a day for years, and The Pokémon Company is one of the most successful media companies in the world. Creating anime, manga, toys, card games and of course our favorite, video games. So if you had to choose just one main Pokemon game to play in the GBA, well then Pokémon Emerald is the way to go. So, let's talk about it.
About the game
In the main series third title for the GBA, we're back in Hoenn for a slightly different adventure. As in most pokemon games, we start the game when we move into this small town in the region and we chose our first Pokémon. After rescuing Professor Elm he'll offer us to keep one of the three starters Treecko, Mudkip or Torchic.
Once we have our starter Pokémon our adventure begins, traveling throughout the Hoenn region, exploring caves, sailing the seas and sky. Catching different Pokémon in our travels and getting all the gym badges. But it's not a peaceful adventure, since there's the menace of Team Aqua and Team Magma, and we're going to have to fight them.
While Team Aqua intends to flood the world with the help of legendary Pokémon Kyogre, Team Magma intends to dry out the world with Groudon. But we're also going to meet the legendary dragon Pokémon Rayquaza, who is said to have once ruled over these two forces of nature.
Third time's the charm
The main RPG Pokémon usually do receive these special entries that mix the main things of the previous versions into a definitive package. Before Pokémon Emerald there was Crystal and Yellow, doing the same thing in the past regions.
While Emerald doesn't necessarily bring too many new things into the series, it does combine everything that made Ruby and Sapphire great and take it to the next level. Not every pokemon is available in the game, but all of the version exclusives from Ruby and Sapphire are here this time.
Pokémon Emerald was, to the date of release, the best Pokémon game you could get. All the Pokémon from Ruby and Sapphire were available, the three legendary pokémon and two evil teams in the same story. The gym battles were exciting and the music incredible. This version, along with the other GBA entries, added so many new things to the series, that going back to the older games seems boring by comparison,
Graphics and Visuals: Pokémon games have never been especially known for their amazing visuals. In Emerald the art is amazing, and the Pokémon designs were great. Rayquaza is still one of the coolest legendary Pokémon in the whole series. The sprites were clear and nicely done, with beautiful bright colors.
Gameplay: The double battles, PokéBlocks, Pokémon Contest, awards, ribbons, having your own customizable hideout. Pokémon Emerald had an amazing list of new things for the series, and while most of them were already available in Ruby and Sapphire, Emerald added the Battle Frontier, to make things even better. Strategy, collectibles, unlockables and dozens, even hundreds, of hours of gaming await you in this game.
Sound: The GBA sound chip isn't the best thing about the console, but even with that, the game delivers some amazing music. Great themes, special songs for different situations and an amazing atmosphere. Pokémon Emerald is one of the best deals in Pokémon games.
Download Pokemon Emerald
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP