Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Secret Bases Confirmed For OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire

Although not incredibly surprising, Secret Bases will be returning in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. For those of you who played Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Secret Bases were areas players could set up for other players to download into their games. Once downloaded (via mixing records using a Game Boy Advance Link Cable) players could battle a computer controlled version of their friend's team. Not only that, but players could buy items to decorate their base, with some items working like the obstacles in Gyms.

To set up a Secret Base, now called Super Secret Bases, players have to locate suitable areas and have their Pokémon use the move Secret Power. Once set up, players can decorate and share their base. Like in Ruby and Sapphire, players will be able to set up their bases in trees, mountain caves, and large shrubs. Bases can't be just made anywhere, they can only be in select locations with a square marker showing it is a base spot. This means there is finite number of bases that players can have in their game.

Since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes, there are upgrades to the system as well. Rather than having to physically link up, like in the past, players can share their Super Secret Bases (SSB) via Streetpass. This means if you go somewhere where a lot of people have a copy of the game (like a tournament or convention) you may find yourself with many new trainers and bases in your game.

Even people who don't attend these sort of things can still get bases in their games. The games also support a QR code function that allows players the ability to create QR Codes to share online. The QR Code "map" saves to the players SD card in their 3DS, so once they generate the "map" the player can remove the SD card and upload the QR code to various social networking sites. Although it is currently unknown if the SSB Trainers will keep the teams that they have at the time or if the team will be generated when the base is created, it's likely that the trainers will have their current teams. At the very least, this is how the Secret Bases in Ruby and Sapphire worked, so there isn't any reason to think this system would work any different. Players can also set up the kind of battles they hold in their secret bases. Single and Double battles are likely, but we may also see Triple and Rotation. If we are lucky, we may even be able to set up some really weird rules, like Inverse or Sky. I plan on making a Fossil Team for my SSB trainer to use, I'd love to also choose an obscure ruleset to make my opponent's sweat.

The Super Secret Bases will also have other functions, for example you can collect flags from players bases and show off how many you've found (as seen as the flag number on the above QR code). This function was not present in the original Secret Bases, however it was present in the bases players could set up in the Underground area of Sinnoh in Diamond and Pearl. Another new feature is the ability to become "pals" with the other Secret Base Trainers (the computer controlled version of your friends) and then have them visit your base of do favors (like hatch eggs) for you. Again, this was not present in the original Secret Bases, but it is similar to how your friends could do you favors in the Join Avenue of Black 2 and White 2.

All in all, Super Secret Bases appear to make good use of the Streetpass feature. Other main series pokémon games have attempted to do this, however in my opinion this is the best use of it. If we're lucky, this isn't the end of what can be done with these downloaded trainers. X and Y introduced the odd concept of battling in the Battle Maison using a trainer that "is a representation of a friend" from your 3DS Friend List. These creepy eyed avatars would use 2 randomly chosen pokémon in multi battles with you. Hopefully, this won't be the case in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and instead they will use two pokémon from their Secret Base team. I guess time will tell what all features Streetpass will bring to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. If we're lucky, it will also have a Spotpass feature. Wouldn't it be neat to check out the bases of various Game Freak developers or Nintendo representatives? Their Miis are already invading other games I own!

Thanks to Team KO member Patrice for posting info on Facebook about this!