E3: Nintendo Announces Boatload of New Pokémon Titles

During the company's pre-E3 press conference, Nintendo announced a number of new titles. Amongst the pile were a few games that should have rabid Pokéheads in ecstacy.

First up is Pokémon Colosseum, the next-gen follow-up to the Pokémon Stadium games for the Nintendo 64. This new iteration will allow players to do battle with the 200+ Pokémon from the recently released Game Boy Advance games, Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire. By connecting a Game Boy Advance and a GameCube, players will be able to throw down on the GameCube using the Game Boy Advance characters. Thanks to the GameCube's multiple controller ports, up for four players will be able to connect their Game Boy Advances for some serious fisticuffs. The game is currently scheduled for release in Q4 2003.

Next up is Pokémon Box, previously announced for Japan, and now confirmed for North American release. The game basically serves as a repository for your Pokémon, allowing up to 1,500 critters from the Game Boy Advance installments to be stored on a special GameCube memory card. By connecting a Game Boy Advance, with Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire, to a GameCube, with Pokémon Box, it will be possible to play the single player mode of the Game Boy Advance games on your TV screen. No release details were announced.

Lastly, we have Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, a game which doesn't fall under our coverage, but should nonetheless be of interest. There are two boards available, one each for Ruby and Sapphire, and up to 200 Pokémon to capture. As you progress through the game and more Pokémon are collected, additional bonus stages are unlocked. By using the Game Boy Player, it will be possible to make use of the GameCube controller's rumble function. Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire will hit stores August 26th, for $34.99.

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by Alex Wollenschlaeger    

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