This shot reminds me of the beginning of Secret of Mana. I can hear the music in my head now. It's one of a small handful of things that still make me nostalgic.
This reminds me of the Dwarf Cave. 'Member Tropicallo?
Geodude/Graveler/Golem is a Pokemon I've always been partial to. I like 'mons that have three tiers of evolution. Unfortunately, a lot of them (this one included) need to be traded to evolve, and I can't really do that in this version of the game.
Next up, I storm the base of Team Magma. This won't be easy, because they're all armed with AR-15s as the Lord intended.
Some Team Magma grunts show remorse for what their organization is doing to the environment, and are promptly shouted down as "liberal scum" by their cohorts. How did all of these politics get into Pokemon? My God!
Remorse doesn't stop them from trying to fight our heroine, regardless. I'd take them more seriously if they weren't wearing these stupid, stupid outfits.
In the depths of the volcano, I find Groudon. This massive 2,000 pound Pokemon was the big legendary in Pokemon Ruby. In this game you can get it, Kyogre (the Pokemon Sapphire legendary) AND a new one, Rayquaza. Much like the previous gens, one of those three is much easier to obtain than the other two.
As I battle Team Magma bigwigs, my Surf-mule accidentally catches the experience from a trainer battle and gains a bunch of levels.
"It's my time now!" screeches Zigzagoon before being escorted out.
With another Team Magma skirmish out of the way, our hero now contends with Team Aqua again...or at least, runs into them. Now they're all about hoarding loot.
First...one more gym stands in my way.