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Pokemon Sapphire gba Game Reviews
Pokemon Sapphire
Critic Score
Metascore: 82 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
9.6 out of 10
based on 30 reviews
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For the first time ever, you can play as either a boy or a girl Pokemon Trainer as you explore the all-new region of Hoenn. Your mission? To become the world's greatest Pokemon Trainer by defeating the region's top Pokemon Masters and Gym Leaders. Thanks to the power of Game Boy Advance, graphics and battle animations look better than ever. Link up with three friends to battle in teams, or battle two Trainers at once as you travel through Hoenn. In Pokemon Contests, an expert panel of judges rate your Pokémon based on a number of attributes such as Cuteness, Beauty and more. [Nintendo]

DEVELOPER: Nintendo - Game Freak
GENRE(S): Role-Playing Game
ESRB RATING: E (Everyone)
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2003

What The Critics Said

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With the game’s ability to trade and battle with friends, plus incredible amount of Pokemon to capture and train, you won’t be putting these two down anytime soon.
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Intensively addictive. The battles are lightning-fast, the controls are completely stress-free, and there’s still something primordially fun about filling up those Pokédex pages.
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These games are massive, easily rivalling any recent console release in terms of size, scale and re-playability.
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Nintendo Power
The amount of depth involving the Pokemon contests, berries and other new details is truly astounding. [Mar 2003, p.135]
Nintendo took an already great design and made it better on the GBA, and while it's a bit more than a little disappointing to see a lack of focus in the graphics department, it's the sheer amount of "stuff" in the product that makes Pokemon for the GBA a really, really great game.
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GamerWeb Nintendo
The game is bigger and deeper than previous incarnations. The core gameplay is still the same, but now there's a lot more to it.
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Pocket Games
The new weather system and extended map, like the radio and real-time clock of Gold and Silver, are features that make the Pokemon world so much more real. [Summer 2003, p.36]
I’ve uncovered a marvelous new gaming world that I love immersing myself in and now my nephew and I can talk with equal zest about our various Poké accomplishments.
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It's a tight RPG that offers plenty of variety and replay value. It's definitely among the best GBA titles I've played.
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You’ll get at least 30 hours of play time out of the main quest, and that’s assuming you don’t stop to smell any of the roses along the way.
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Ruby & Sapphire are thoroughly upgraded versions with great graphics & sound and tons of new features, even if it's almost the same old game under all of that.
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The beauty of this game is that you can play it at face level and just enjoy the battles or if you’re really into Pokémon you can research every little aspect in the game and try to collect ‘em all and become a human Pokédex.
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My Gamer
A rare game for me, a game where I simply don’t care about originality or plot. Instead I find myself lost in an addicting trifle of sweet little monsters and cutesy dialog.
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If you discard the ‘kiddy’ exterior you'll find a surprisingly deep and addictive RPG inside.
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Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire aren't a big departure from their predecessors, but they definitely look better and have lots of new Pokémon to catch, so Pokémon fans will be in for exactly what they want.
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Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are the best-looking games in the series, but they don't hold a candle to technical marvels such as "Golden Sun." The graphics are hardly bad, though. They look clean and colorful.
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Sadly I must say even the gameplay is starting to be outdated, yet it is still by many standards one of the best formulas for a videogame on the market today.
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Whilst its apparent lack of any revolutionary gameplay is a worthy of criticism, it doesn't stop the fact that this is still by far one of the most addictive and long-lasting games you could hope for on your Gameboy Advance.
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Games Radar UK (Pre-2006)
Prepare for the Poke folk to take over your life. Again. [GamesMaster]
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Edge Magazine
Ruby/Sapphire is probably the most intricate and detailed console RPG available. Staring into it will make many players woozy. [Sept 2003]
Because of its similarities with the older games you’ll often feel like you’re simply going through the motions, completing it as a labor of love rather than an exciting new challenge.
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The deeper I got into the game, however, the more I began to realize how little has changed in the Pokemon universe. [May 2003, p.39]
Game Informer
Rather than ushering in something new, Pokemon's first foray on the Game Boy Advance is just another rehash with flashy new graphics. [Apr 2003, p.96]
Electronic Gaming Monthly
I just can't shake the feeling that I've played these games three or four times before - and the new garnish isn't enough to take the series to the next level. [May 2003, p.139]
GMR Magazine
Ruby and Sapphire stick to the script - there are few surprises here. Yes, the world is all new, and yes, there are 100 new Pokemon, but it's still basically the same game. [June 2003, p.78]
It's hard to shake the feeling that this has all been done before -- and that the Gold/Silver/Crystal versions did it better.
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Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire isn't without its charm, and for those in it for a cheerful little adventure with little in the way of challenge can't go far wrong. Just don't blame us when you start wondering what all the fuss is about.
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While the sound and control is top notch, not enough was improved upon to really make this game any more intersting that it's GB and GBC brethren.
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Game Chronicles
The gameplay becomes more work than play and turning on the game starts to feel like punching in for a shift with little motivation to continue.
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Cheat Code Central
If you've already been-there-done-that, move along - there's nothing to see here. But if you must have Pokemon then just get one of these games. Don't fall prey to Nintendo's cheesy marketing scheme.

What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this game is 9.6 (out of 10) based on 45 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Liam C. gave it a10:
This is 1 of my fave games i have had to restart alot because i can complete it really easy now but i have trouble wiv the battle tower so i never do tht 1 lol anyway this is the best pokemon game i have ever played and i am very glad that i have not got pokemon ruby becaus my fave pokemon is on sapphire (kyogre).

J T gave it a10:
One of the best games i ever played! Especially when you can choose your fave starting pokemon, i'm so into this game that i even felt so emotional when my pokemon fainted!

Nick J. gave it a 10:
Sikkkk dude this game has good graphics 2 on 2 battles are good and i like the new areas its awesome.

Kitty Crookshanks gave it a 10:
It's really disappointing that such a great series of gams have such boring tv shows and movies.

BOB M. gave it a 10:
I love it but the should have some cheats to make the game more fun if you have any please send them to me at

Sharon T. gave it a 10:
It is really fun but why don't they put it on the internet?

M-dog thedog gave it an 8:
This games awesome but it could be better on computer can someone help me?

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