Coming at a time when Poké-Mania appeared to be ending, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire faced an uphill struggle
This article comes from Den of Geek UK.
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, which launched in 2002, and faced an uphill battle leading up to its release. Game Freak's Junichi Masuda, who's directed several installments in the series, has openly admitted that these Gen-3 Pokemon games were "very stressful" to make, presenting one of the biggest challenges in the franchise's history.
After all, Pokémon Red and Blue had already delivered a brilliant proof-of-concept, and Pokémon Gold and Silver perfected the formula shortly afterward. With the Star Wars prequels hoovering up pop culture attention and hogging toy shop shelves, making a mark was no easy feat for Game Freak with Ruby and Sapphire. Did the world need another Pokémon game, or was this a fad nearing its end?
Starting a new game in Sapphire now,