Released in 2003 Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are set in the beautiful region of Hoenn, a place of masterful heroes and mysterious teams, of friendship and battles. As the new kid in town, you set off your journey as a Pokemon Trainer. Who knows what wonders and dangers await you? Now it's time to grab your gear and head out on your own..." Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire began Generation III and were released on November 21, 2002. Ruby and Sapphire brought about several new features such as Natures, Abilities, Double Battles, and a new EV and IV system. There are minor differences between the two games, mainly those involving which Pokemon are present in which version and the Pokemon owned by Team Aqua and Team Magma, the villains complementary to Team Rocket.