Pokemon Games to Include "Soaring" Mega-Evolutions

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Pokemon fans are in for even more new content next month when Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire arrive on store shelves.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company this week confirmed that legendary dragon/psychic type pokemon Latios and Latias are still a part of the new remakes. Normally Latios can be found in Omega Ruby while Latias can be caught in Alpha Sapphire, though players will be able to obtain an item that takes them to a special island where the other pokemon can be captured in either game. Details about how players can get their hands on this item (an "Eon Ticket") will be announced at a later date.

The Latios and Latias announcement isn't surprising on its own. What makes it special is that Nintendo has revealed players will be able to mega-evolve both pokemon. Once mega-evolved, players will then be able to use the new "Soar" ability with Mega Latios or Mega Latias to fly around the Hoenn region. Doing so will allow players to enter floating "Mirage Spots" where rare pokemon and valuable items can be found.

Nintendo this week also revealed two common pokemon that will be getting mega-evolutions in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Mega Pidgeot will be able to learn the "Hurricane" move. Mega Beedrill will be even more deadly with its "Fell Stinger" move. These two pokemon add to the ever-growing list of mega-evolved and shiny pokemon that will be included in the new games.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Pokemon Omega Ruby are full remakes of the 2002 Game Boy Advance games Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire. The remakes have been re-created in the style of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, allowing them to take advantage of new Pokemon features such as the Player Search System (PSS), Pokemon-Amie, and Super Training.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire will be released for the Nintendo 3DS in the U.S. on November 21 and in Europe on November 28.