Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire
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|Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire|
|North American Release Date(s)|
July 11, 2004
|Japanese Release Date(s)|
May 30, 2003
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Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire, or simply Pokémon Box, is a spin-off Pokémon game for the GameCube, and came bundled with a GameCube-to-Game Boy Advance Link Cable and a Memory Card 59. It was released in Japan on May 30, 2003, and in North America on July 11, 2004, but only through the New York Pokémon Center and its online store. It is no longer available in either location. The game was released in some parts of Europe as Pokémon Memory Magic due to translation problems, and Europeans could only get the game by using points from Nintendo of Europe's loyalty program, or by buying the Pokémon Colosseum Mega Pak.
The game is essentially a storage system for the Game Boy Advance Pokémon video games that allows players to trade and store Pokémon that they have caught in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen onto a GameCube memory card. Players can then organize and interact with their Pokémon on the GameCube, such as allowing them to breed. Unique Pokémon can also be acquired using this system. Another feature allows the games to be played on the television via the GameCube-to-Game Boy Advance Link Cable. Options such as taking screenshots of the game are available in this mode. Another addition is the "Showcase", where players can create and display game pieces of Pokémon.
Nintendo referred to the game as "the most exclusive Pokémon software ever offered to North American Pokémon fans", but it was generally considered to be unnecessary, receiving an aggregate score of 50% on Game Rankings. Craig Harris of IGN gave the game a "Meh" rating of 5.0 out of 10, praising the interface, which makes the organization of Pokémon much easier compared to the Game Boy Advance interface, as well as the emulator which allows Ruby and Sapphire to be played on the GameCube. He also stated that the game was a good deal due to the inclusion of a Memory Card and Link Cable. However, Harris cited the "Showcase" as "entirely unnecessary and completely out of place", and said that overall the game lacked much to do. He wrote, "It's targeted specifically for the truly die-hard Pokemon fan, but it requires so many specific elements to actually be useful to anyone". Allgame gave the game three and a half out of five stars.