09. Jul, 2014 15:19 (HKT)

Secret bases have returned! Create your own Pokemon Gym in Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby!

It has been 11 years since we first journeyed to Hoenn, and our return trip should be just as amazing as the last! Poke-fans should expect a revamped story, a reimagined Hoenn, new features carried over from X & Y, and some super 'Secret' surprises!



Secret Bases = confirmed! For those unaware, Secret Bases appeared in the original Sapphire and Ruby as a fort that trainers could decorate and personalize but sadly they were never to be seen again - that changes now!

In the spirit of improvement Nintendo has really amped up the Secret Bases in Alpha and Omega, essentially turning them into a trainer's own unique Pokemon gym! Players can choose the battle rules, the themes, and the types of Pokemon that will do battle in their Secret Base.  From the available screenshots it seems we will have an abundance of decorations to choose from, which will be essential for those of you who want to impress your StreetPass friends with both your interior decorating and Pokemon battle skills.

When you visit another player's Secret Base you'll find all the members of that Base hanging out, ready to have a chat or a battle! Flag your friends as Secret Pals and you can continue to have Pokemon battles with them. Secret Pals will have "Special Skills" that you can take advantage of on your Pokemon journey, these include sharing new decorations, speeding up the hatching of a Pokemon Egg, or leveling up a chosen Pokemon. The more Secret Pals you have the more special skills are available!

There is also a really cool 'capture-the-flag' element added to the Secret Bases. According to Nintendo if you examine the flag beside the Secret PC in another player's Secret Base you can capture it! You can only collect one flag per base so visiting lots of Secret Bases will help you to improve your team's rank and get rewards, including increasing the skills of your Secret Pals.

Pokemon Omega RubyNintendo 3DSUS US$ 39.9924h
Pokemon Alpha SapphireNintendo 3DSUS US$ 37.9924h
Pokemon Omega RubyNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 29.9948h
Pokemon Alpha SapphireNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 25.9924h

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