This morning, things looked dire for Nintendo. Their newly released financial reports revealed they’ve lost more than a billion dollars over the last three years. Even with Nintendo’s cash reserves, that’s a massive loss, and the internet was rife with doom and gloom predictions.
Then Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remakes were announced, and all was forgotten.
I’m as excited about returning to Hoenn as the next person, but the timing of it all is a little fishy. It’s not unusual for Nintendo to make big announcements out of nowhere, but it is a little strange for them to to make one a few hours after some bad news. Nintendo’s stock took a nosedive today, but maybe this helped soften the blow.
My suspicions are only intensified by the incredibly threadbare trailer. It looks like something thrown together in about five minutes. We don’t even get a glimpse of the new Hoenn. Compare it to the announcement trailer for Heart Gold and Soul Silver. It’s like night and day.
At the end of the day, I’m just happy to have more Pokémon in my life. I think Gen 3 is massively underrated, and I can’t wait to play through these games again. I’ll probably buy both copies on day one.
Still, I can’t shake the feeling that something’s up. The timing is just a little too convenient.