12 Years Later, Here Are Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire’s Gym Leaders

By Ishaan . July 15, 2014 . 5:31pm

12 years ago saw the release of Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire. Since then, the Gym Leaders in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have seen some redesigns, and we’ve put together a comparison of the old artwork, alongside the new from the two remakes.

 

Five Gym Leaders have been revealed so far, along with two members of the Elite Four. Steven, who is the Pokémon Champion in this game, and also plays a role in its story, has been revealed as well, along with updated artwork featuring his Mega Metagross.

 

 

Roxanne (Left: Old, Right: New):

    

 

 

 

Wattson (Left: Old, Right: New):

   

 

 

 

 

Flannery (Left: Old, Right: New)

 

 

 

Norman (Left: Old, Right: New):

   

 

 

Brawly (Left: Old, Right: New):

  

 

 

Elite Four Phoebe (Left: Old, Right: New):

 

 

 

Elite Four Sidney (Left: Old, Right: New):

 

 

 

Champion Steven (Left: Old, Right: New):

  

 

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be available this November for the Nintendo 3DS.

 

Old artwork from Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire courtesy Bulbapedia.


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  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Sidney’s new one… lmao

    Sorta reminds me of a delinquent xD

    • Suicunesol

      “Kono yarou…!!”

    • God

      “I used to be a gentleman like you, but then i took a remake to the knee”.

  • Surf

    Ngggggh Roxanne. Legs too strong

    Wow Sidneys old design was freaking terrible. I guess its mainly the art though. Everyone also lost about 20 pounds. But the designs of the trainers have always somewhat matched whats popular in fashion at the time. New art also captures their personalities a bit better

    • Kaetsu

      Watson gained 20 pounds.

    • God

      Old Sidney was awesome, he was a gentleman, now he is just a random punk… and why does fashion even matter? It’s Pokemon for Red’s sake.

  • Shippoyasha

    The old styles had a flat pastel palette that is very nice while the newer ones have way more dynamic angles to everyone. Love both!

  • James Robert Thompson

    Flannery’s pretty hot, but that new Roxanne design gets me hard as a rock!

    *sighs at own bad joke*

  • Kaetsu

    Personally I think they all look better now.

  • Jonah Paley

    It’s not in this article, but Professor Birch’s new art makes it look like he’s late for Pokemon school. Stick a piece of toast in his mouth and we could have another Hoenn arc in the anime.

    Also if Steven is Champion, does that mean Wallace is the Sootopolis Gym Leader? Makes me wonder, if that’s the case, are they gonna have Juan show up as a cameo somewhere? Doesn’t make sense to exclude him entirely.

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      I was thinking the same thing about Birch. x’D

  • SlickRoach

    Brawly…is wearing Vibram sport toe shoes. Why, just why.

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      Lol, even though I can’t stand them, I guess there is a practicality to it (especially for someone so physical).

      • Revorse

        The first time I saw those I thought that shit was witchcraft.

        • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

          Lawl! I felt the same! x’D

    • celery

      He’s a surfer.

      • SlickRoach

        I know, it’s just I can’t get over how silly they look on people’s feet.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Well with Steven being Champion, Delta Emerald is looking quite plausible.

  • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

    Even though I love the old designs and feel they were perfect for the times, I adore the new ones and prefer them~. I am so excited for ORAS! ♥

  • Suicunesol

    I like the old art better. A bit more nostalgic feel.

    But the redesigns are by no means bad. Everyone just looks 5 years younger.

  • Izzeltrioum

    Can’t digest the reasoning behind both Wattson and Norman wearing sandals, but OK.

    The old designs portrayed a more mature feeling, but were kind of stiff-looking at the same time; Newer ones, on the other hand, just the total opposite.

    But I prefer the old ones (Though that ORAS Roxanne is such a cutie),

    • 하세요

      For a tropical region, I never understood why some trainers / leaders wore so much bulky clothes when it’s supposed to be like, super hot outside. Unless they have the AC on blast, I think their new outfits are more fitting for the environment. I like the changes.

    • Suicunesol

      Norman’s gym seems Japanese dojo-seemed, so him wearing geta would make sense.

    • Lynx

      Well, I always thought of Hoen being like a tropical country, what with all the water and what not, plus Wattson’s just north of Slateport which was a, well, port. That could explain his as those are the regular-esque sandals.

      Norman even in the original games had a dojo-esque Gym so that possibly explains the dojo-style sandals.

  • tubers

    Old art looks like people have edema on their limbs.

  • Strain42

    Sidney is the only one I really like the newer one for. Most other people just look weirder and younger…

  • celery

    Steven’s new design is lovely, but his old design was really good, too, so it’s nothing particularly surprising–love the new suit, though! So classy!

    Brawly’s new design is SO amazing, though. His original design wasn’t bad, but it was so plain–now you can really tell he’s a Fighting-type Gym Leader, and his shoes and tan hints at his hobby of surfing. I’m loving his design so much, and I love that his Gym got a redesign!

    Also, Sidney’s facial expression = perfect.

  • Samuel

    Eh,I like the old arts better.

    • God

      Someone who gets it!

  • Youko

    Interesting that Phoebe is the only one who still has her original clothes, right down to the ankle bracelet. I guess Sugimori really liked that look.

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      Is this Sugimori still?

      • celery

        These are all Sugimori, yes (well, the Steven art used in this article -might- not be, but he has his own “standard” Sugimori art this gen, too).

        • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

          Oh, okay. I thought I heard somewhere that there was another designer or two. (Since BW2, but I think that was for FF, not PKMN.)

          • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

            That the music composer that left to start his own band

          • celery

            In BW, Yusuke Ohmura drew most of the characters, with Sugimori drawing only the protagonists, Juniper and her father, N, Ghetsis, and -maybe- Fennel (I’m still unsure about her). In B2W2, all new characters, and characters who got new art (such as N and Ghetsis) were drawn by Yusuke Ohmura :3 The only human character Ohmura drew for gen 6 is Sycamore, from my knowledge.

            The only other time Sugimori didn’t draw the official art for the human characters was in HGSS, when Takao Unno drew the art for the Team Rocket members~

            Of course, promotional art is drawn by various artists regardless of generation ^u^ I didn’t mean to go on a lecture, but I really love the Pokemon human character art and I like to spread this knowledge when I can, since not everyone could tell when Ohmura drew characters for gen 5 and such~

          • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

            Oh, okay! Thanks so much for that info!

            No, I’m so glad you did! Even though i love it too, I am definitely not as on top of it as you are! But I’m a bit more knowledgeable on it now. >u<

            Thanks again! ♥

  • Bob Slim

    Flannery looking hot I still got my sapphire I want to play this 1 so bad

  • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

    I like new Roxanne.
    I like new Norman.
    I prefer old Watson.
    I prefer old Flannery.
    I prefer old Steven.
    I prefer old Sydney.
    I could go with either Brawly version.
    … Did Phoebe change?

    • MXC

      Maybe I shouldn’t be looking at her this way but her bust got smaller?

      • http://gamgambit.tumblr.com/ Thespian Thief ♢

        I think her eyes are more animu too.

  • Herok♞

    its interesting seeing how the pokemon art has changed through the years

  • Makoto Yuki

    Best new one is Steven, he looks absolutely sharper than before!

  • Justin Graham

    Norman has evolved into…The Fonz!

  • Jin Kisaragi

    Flannery became tsundere.

    • Guest

      It’s not that I like or anything!

      • PreyMantis

        “Baka!”

  • PreyMantis

    TWELVE YEARS!?1? I feel old, now…

    • http://twitter.com/puchixseda puchinri

      I know, right? Our age is showingbecause of Pokemon. ^u^;

  • Aspenharls

    I can’t help but remind myself of Bazz B everytime I look at Sidney……..

  • Lloyd Christmas

    Gimme’ Flannery and May yuri.

  • Adrian Duran

    did they flanderize all of them

  • Mugiwara

    Well, look how Sugimori improved his art.

  • KyoyaHibari

    The old Flannery was better ;P

    • hng qtr

      They can’t improve what is already perfect.

    • Heisst

      Old design didn’t fit her tryhard attempts at being intimidating.

      • JohnNiles

        Screaming at point-blank range in my face definitely intimidates me. o_O

  • Warboss Aohd

    Flanderization has taken effect.

    in this case, about half of them don’t look much different.

  • MXC

    Am I the only one who thinks they all look younger compared to their old designs? Like ALL of them do?

    • Warboss Aohd

      no you aren’t.

      it wasn’t really needed.

    • Lynx

      Outside of Roxanne and MAYBE Phoebe, nah. I’m not seeing much of a change in age.

      If anything, I’d say a few of them look older (ie Steven, Wattson, Sidney)

  • Savage Sui ♥

    I really like Brawly’s new design… ‘sides from the shoes, lol. Steven’s new design is alright to me too~

    I feel neutral about the rest of ‘em .w.

  • Miss_Madness

    When comparing for people it’s comes to visual tastes. But in this case the new designs are more dynamic and seems to communicate their personalities better. Except for Wattson he hasn’t changed at all.

  • Jettythesunfish

    Sidney’s looking a bit…sinister there. But I guess it makes sense considering he uses Dark-types.

  • Deidara19

    Lol, it wouldn’t surprise me if this game was a ‘prequel’ of sorts to the old ruby and sapphire given how young the characters look (by the art). But nevertheless I like all these designs. My favorites are definitely Steven and Flannery followed closely by Brawly and Phoebe :)

    Im actually looking forward to seeing the new Tate & Liza, and Wally’s art more than anything else though

  • PragmaticSoul

    Brawly pls. Norman pls.

    Wattson is fucking epic as always.

  • Slickyslacker

    Rooox-anne…you don’t have to put on the red light…

    I still can’t get over her twintails. Too much cuteness in one gym leader.

  • revenent hell

    I think overall the faces and hair tend to look improved in the “newer” versions but frankly I think the older versions look better style wise, I think most of the characters look worse to be honest giving their attire changes.

    Take Champion Steven and his neck scarf, it reminds me of a balloon in his newer version or take Roxanne’s dress, in the newer version it just kind of reminds me of an umbrella. Whereas in their older versions her attire looked much more comfortable and natural and Steven’s attire is fairly perfect as well…. The newer Versions just look more goofy for most of the characters.
    Not that it makes sense to ware a jacket over a jumpsuit but it makes no sense to ware a Hawaiian shirt over one…..I don’t even see why they bothered to change Sidney’s color scheme either, his old version actually looks to be the improved one.

    • Misty Dawson

      I’m not getting this at all.. I don’t understand.

    • DeShawn Bellfield

      Of course, newer is always worse.

  • Darkwing7

    Flannery is still smokin and Steven is just as much of a badass as when he was in the originals,but one thing that makes me laugh is EVERYONE AGED BACKWARDS. its funny XD

  • MSJ

    >FLANNERY

    WOOHOO God she looks awesome still

  • Guest

    The plot thickens…

    • 하세요

      Now I want to name my trainer Jack.

      • God

        I did that in Y, his nickname was Ripper.

    • Taylor Davis

      Aww, you beat me! But I have to say when I readied, “would you kindly”; I was thinking, “what are you, another Atlas!”

    • God

      I need to play Bioshock one of these days…

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Ewww. Brawly is wearing running socks.

    • Xmas Lopez

      He WOULD wear running socks.

  • samsneeze

    So pretty much everyone’s clothes have gotten smaller then? What.

  • Based Ignacio Puppo

    Sidney looks downright gangsta(Rather, Yakuza) I love it. Norman used to look a bit more stern, I think it’s the only one I’d rather have old one, but I guess it ahs to do with how Sugimori’s style evolved(He used to give them bigger foreheads!)

  • Michael Cortorreal

    Their eyes looks kinda different too, I like the new designs ^-^

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    All of them are very nice. Flannery & Phoebe are beautiful as always =^_^=

  • fyi1191

    Steven gets the special treatment by looking bad ass together with his Mega Metagross.

  • JustJam

    I’m guessing that they changed Norman and Wattson’s attire & made them wear slippers instead of shoes since Hoenn’s climate was meant to be ‘tropical’ so wearing stuffy-clothing wouldn’t make sense since it must be very hot there lol

  • leadintea

    Pretty much all of the new ones look better than the old ones except Phoebe, who didn’t change in the least, and Sidney, who actually looks classier in the older version than the thuggish new one.

  • OhMyClarence

    I really hope they don’t get rid of Juan completely. Much like how HG/SS kept

    Eusine in the game, I hope Juan gets the same kind of treatment. Though I know he plays less of the story than Eusine.

    That being said, I’m surprised at how much younger the Gym Leaders and Elite Four look, save for Watson of course. They all look like adolescents typically. Whereas in the original for the most part, save for Tate and Liza, they were fairly mature in appearance. I would maybe early to late 20s.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      It’s definitely the art shift. Though it looks like Roxanne got shorter.

  • spyro20

    PHOEBE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME, SO CHANGE OF STYLE!!! 0_0

  • Armageddon

    The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • William Carpenter

    dat flannery tho<3

  • lel

    im good with almost all of them, flannery looks so childish, her old design is way cooler and sexier.

    • Kouji Tamino

      She looked like an ape in the old artwork.

  • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

    Huh… not a huge difference, but something about the new versions are definitely more “generic modern anime”. And it’s always a shame to see a little bit of the unique-ness get lost in remakes/reboots.

    I mean, it’s real subtle stuff. But you can see all the new characters are stylized a little more than their original versions. Their outfits are a little more relaxed/less modest, too. Roxanne especially – looks less like a Pokemon character and more like she’s two shades away from appearing in Skullgirls Encore. Also, sad to see generic anime expressions/facial features bleeding in here – Sidney now has “Lupin smirk”, for example. Steven has “Yu-Gi-Oh pose” going on there in his new art. Roxanne’s finger-wag is pretty “tsundere”… which her original art isn’t giving off AT ALL. They’re all thinner now too (especially the legs) and their eyes are all bigger/rounder… they all look younger now, particularly Flannery and Phoebe. That’s unwelcome, imo.

    Pokemon’s old, more unique art style was great. It was always welcome to see characters of a large age-range in a major Japanese game like those; so many titles are really built around young, young kids. And that’s what they’re all turning into now. You know WHAT ELSE they’re starting to look like now? Every other generic, kid-targeted, collectible focused, Pokemon wannabe cross-media franchise that has come at the king over the years. Beyblade, Bakugan, Digimon, Tenkai Knights, Yokai Watch, Marvel Disk Wars, etc.

    They really are just losing some personality now. I wonder why they redesigned them like this? Actually, I bet the original character designer just isn’t at Game Freak anymore; that’s kinda sad.

    • Shady Shariest

      Depending on the series, Digimon has had somewhat good design’s, too.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        >Digimon has had somewhat good designs

        what? are u joking? so, most of it are bad?

        • Shady Shariest

          It comes down to me -a rarely happening thing- remembering that despite i prefer Digimon to Pokemon, i have not seen that much of either. They kind just stopped broadcasting, and even the comic stopped releasing.

          So i can’t really say anything concretely. The first season for example, while it had good clothing choices… It all felt too much like pleasing and trying to reach AN audience more than confident design. But in that regard Digimon got braver later…
          Third series ( if i remember right) was amazing, even though i watched it only whenever it happened to be on TV.

          Summa summarum, i can’t say that Digimon has ALWAYS had good design. Hence the careful comment =W=

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but saying “somewhat good design” might mean “most of it are bad, only some are good”

            it seems you only know from the anime series, well, there are more than 1200 digimon now.

          • Shady Shariest

            Dear fucking god. i need to catch up :<

          • Scrooge_McDuck

            That’s not what it means. “Somewhat” is a qualitative qualifier, not a quantitative one.

    • Shade DMessiah

      Back then they were generic anime too, you know. I personally like the new designs because they’re not as bland-ish.

    • Suicunesol

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Sugimori

      The artist is Ken Sugimori. He has the done the art for the series since Pokemon Red/Blue. He has a creative team, but the final art pieces are his work. The concept art above, both old and new, are his. His style has changed over the years, but that’s what time does.

      Also, I don’t know what you’re seeing in Roxanne. She looks more like an instructor now, which is her role as teacher of the Pokemon School.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        changing styles for me is better than being monotone for years

    • Shippoyasha

      I think you are seriously overthinking this just to get a ‘generic modern anime’ dig in. In many ways, the art has improved to look less flat than it used to. And I fail to see how a finger wag is’ tsundere’. And a lot of the characters looking older didn’t make sense when they are supposed to look like little kids. And the adults don’t have that singular facial expression anymore, which is nice.

    • JohnNiles

      Oh no, now that you mentioned the Lupin smirk, I can’t unsee it. :(

      Looking at those original character designs, the eyes are smaller/narrower and spaced further apart than is common nowadays. So they are unique, in the sense that nobody will imitate them.

      • Haganeren

        Of course, because it seems “old school” to us.
        But in reality, they were not as unique as you said back in the day… In fact, i remember a lot of fan saying they were less good than the GameBoy one…
        And for those which were not fan (like me), they always have seem kind of bland actually.

        Here, at least, it looks a little more dynamic I guess.

    • http://www.ihasnowebsitez.com Satonaka CP-Four

      “Every other generic, kid-targeted, collectible focused, Pokemon wannabe cross-media franchise that has come at the king over the years. ”

      Pokemon was ALWAYS like this from the very beginning. Practically set the standard, evolved it, made it’s kingdom, ruled it’s subjects and destroyed near every other competitor here in the states.

      It’s just getting a much needed face lift that a 12 yr old game needs during its re-boot.

    • Alexander Marquis Starkey

      Ken Sugimoto has been working with Gamefreak for years. His art just changed over the years. Also if you notice, the personality isn’t taken away, just augmented. You know how many teachers do the whole finger waving thing? Yeah. I’m personally glad Brawly has a tan, pushes the islander athlete thing he’s always had going…also keep in mind that everyone seems better dressed for an area in a tropical climate.

    • Zerreth

      “And it’s always a shame to see a little bit of the unique-ness get lost in remakes/reboots”? Are you trying to convince me that Brawly looks unique in his old design? Or that you prefer Norman’s old face and awkward posture? Or that everyone’s concept art looked better by standing the almost the exact same way? It may work for concept art and turnarounds but the new designs are also now featured as cut ins in-game and I believe they show a bit more personality.

      The biggest difference I see (outside Brawly) is Roxanne and I’d kind of understand there being two camps, but the rest simply seem more dynamic. Though, I admit Flannery’s eyes look kind of weird. I think it’s a spacing issue where her eyes got larger, and came more closer together due to her hair now taking up more (fore)head space.

    • Aaron K Stone

      He is. It’s just his style changed.

    • Symbol de Au

      I realized someone else said what I said so I have to change this post…uh…Digimon came before Pokemon…maybe…I’m a bit confused about that.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJbQc88bFVbRKE2WLBS1UQA Taylor Wills

    still not sure weither i should get this and finally buy a 3ds or save my money incase guilty gear xrd gets some kind of limited edition

    • Shade DMessiah

      If you can afford a 3ds and Xrd standard, get both :p
      You can get the Xrd 2 limited edition whenever that happens.

    • mockturtle

      While I’d be the first to say that a 3DS is a great investment, at least it and Pokémon will still be there after any possible limited editions, which the same can’t be said for.

  • Shady Shariest

    Wow. The new versions are so bland…
    From: Old cool man in a hoodie to Old hippie-peace-rad grampa -_-’
    edit: It looked like a hoodie :D Then i saw that there was no hood :/

    • Elemiel

      Better to wear more casual clothing than a black hoodie in a place that has tropical climate year round.

      • Shady Shariest

        Climate is no excuse for bland :<

        • Haganeren

          I think they were quite bland from the start… Now it’s a more “recent” kind of bland. The old one seems, at least, old school now but not really back in the day.

  • Kroz

    Flannery is still the “hottest” :3……

    ….

    u get it?…

    cuz she’s fire………im sorry

  • Ben Sylvia

    Really liking Flannery’s redesign.

    And Phoebe…. looks exactly the same?

    Steven, shownin off new Mega Pokemon like a boss.

  • InfernoCommander

    Roxanne and Flannery still gettin my dick hard after so many years, god damn.

  • ヴァルラシュ

    Need Winona so badly, my aerial goddess is waiting

  • Jadfish

    It has been 12 years!? oh my god

    • The Watcher

      I feel so old now. haha

  • http://keiserone.tumblr.com/ KeiserOne

    Brawly traded his regular shoes for Vibram Fivefingers WITH sandals? o.0

  • triablos

    All their eyes are much better

  • lozffvii

    Firstly, All of the girls look cuter; ESPECIALLY Roxanne – I am honestly stunned by how much cuter she looks now.
    Secondly, everyone is much better dressed for a tropical climate, with the exception of Phoebe who hasn’t changed her outfit at all.

  • Keine

    When u realise old Phoebe looks like ash

  • God

    I prefered the original Wattson, Sidney and Brawly.

  • katzedan

    Roxanne is my new waifu! xD

  • Chef Chef

    how did steven get sexier then he already was?

  • Aaron K Stone

    Gen 3 seemed like a transitional phase between the Gen 1/2 art style and the one used in Gen 4 onwards.

  • Guest

    Recently I was playing Pokemon Emerald for the first time. Hoenn is a cool region, the variety of interesting pokemon availible is stunning, even in the very beginning. But some of the gym leaders are pretty harsh and can use 3 hyper potions in a row. I had the hardest time with Wattson, with his Manectric being too fast and and me lacking ground-type pokemon (not my fault, the game really doesn’t have them at this point in a story.)

  • http://youtube.com/kuyamagix iKen

    Man, I like those chibi versions of the gym leaders :)

  • axemtitanium

    Brawly has toe shoes. Gross.

  • Tincho Kudos

    So, in which country/area is based this gen?

    • s07195

      Kyushu, Japan. Flipped 90 degrees. Same as Gen 3.

      • Tincho Kudos

        Thank you, I stopped playing in Gen2 so I don’t know anything about gen3 till now in gen 6 (i think?) in X/Y

        • s07195

          You’re welcome. ;)

  • Snorlaxation

    So… Old and busted vs. New hotness?
    Just kidding.

    Only thing I don’t like is how they all look younger now. Just… eh.

    But still, it’s cool to see how much the art has changed.

    I never bought the original Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald cuz, as much as I loved Crystal (and all the ones that came before), the Ruby and Sapphire just looked like shit the first time I saw them. The new Pokemon also did nothing for me at the time. I stayed away until Diamond and Pearl.
    I did play Colosseum though, and that helped get me interested in the Gen. III Pokes.

    Now these remakes are the most beautiful yet. Can’t wait to jump in (and maybe create an underground Gym :P

  • wahyudil

    love the new designs

  • Zebliin

    As others have pointed out, some of these redesigns make more sense considering the climate or their occupations. The only redesign that particularly bothers me is Sidney’s. He looks crazy now and I remember him being really calm and collected. Seems a bit off, is it just me?

    • Raltrios

      He looked much more suave in the past, and in the games I do remember him being quite chill. But in Special I think he was indeed a bit more wild, so perhaps this is taking its cues from there?

  • KrazyBean

    Phoebe’s new design is pretty flippin’ cute. Ain’t gonna lie.

  • http://virtualgamemuseum.webs.com/ NautoAis00211xxexe

    Sidney looks like a Yakuza at Hawaii.

  • ReMeDyIII

    Roxanne: Now would you kindly…

    I… F-For some reason, I can’t resist her…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    12 years huh? man it was like yesterday when I used to walk around middle and high school with a Link cable battling and trading……I had a crush Roxanne and Phoebe as a kid

  • phayroent

    Of course they ruin Flannery by making her look like a pre-teen. Phoebe is the only one that looks as good as the original. Norman doesn’t look old enough to have a 10 year old child anymore. Game Freak destroyed the best thing about RS, the art. For shame.

    • LastationLover5000

      She looks like a preteen? We’re looking at the same girl, right? And there’s a thing called “Art Evolution”. Sit back, stop bitching, and think about it for a second. Of course these characters will look different, even if it’s not jut the clothes. Sugimori’s style has evolved over the years; the eyes have become larger and rounder, character designs have become slimmer, people have embraced…spandex for whatever reason. The choices he’s taken with his personal style make EVERYONE look younger when they’re redrawn from old games, that’s just how it works. Hell, Birch looks like a fat kid with a beard now, but that’s not a reason to complain.

      • LuxbeyTheMechromancer

        I rather like the new art for all of them. And Birch looks funny as hell. It’s awesome. I really can’t wait. Shiny Mega Metagross, here I come!

        • LastationLover5000

          THANK YOU, Luxbey, for being sensible!

          • LuxbeyTheMechromancer

            it’s what I do haha. It takes a lot for me to not like something. Honestly, the new art for them kinda looks better. Like they fit their personalities more. So while I still love the old art for being what I grew up with, I’m more than happy with the new art because of how well it’s done. And for Brawly, THAT’S what I expect a fighting type gym leader to look like.

    • ChristyKf9

      Um so clearly you’ve never played a Pokemon game before. People from red, blue, or yellow looks different in Fire Red, Leaf Green. People in Silver, Gold, and Crystal have a different design in Heart Gold, and Soul Silver. Characters in Diamond and Pearl Look Different in Platinum. Heck characters from the remakes themselves have a new design in the next gen remakes and sequels. Case in point everyone from the previously listed remakes have a new look in B 2 & W 2 as well as Pokemon X & Y. So why should Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby be any different?

  • KOTheWorld

    Roxanne looks sexier now.

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