gen 3 seems to be getting more and more love as the archetypos of the raging gen 1 & 2 nostalgia whore dies down, and that is a damn good thing. now i may be tainted by nostalgia myself, as ruby was my first own pokemon game (i was too scared to buy gen 1 or 2 games), but gen 3 is the best generation, no doubt for me. being a stupid 9-year-old who deleted mud shot on his swampert but kept mud slap, and thought that would be the best thing ever with rock smash, i got stuck at so many different parts of the game (how do i reach the third gym? the fourth? the seventh? the eighth? i never reached sootopolis on my first ruby runthrough. also, i cried because i got lost in the seafloor caverns). soon after, i decided to screw money and buy sapphire on top of that, where i trained my swampert to level 100 (making it my only lv. 100 poke ever). when i eventually bought the real face of gen 3, emerald, i had already known the game, and was pleased by all the little changes they made. while gen 1 certainly was the best in terms in characters (gym leaders, rival etc.), an area that honestly was RSE's weak point, gen 3 excels in having the best region. hoenn has so many whimsical and unique landscapes. compare the arid west with its desert, canyons, ashy fields, and many mysterious caves to the eastern rainforest with beautiful scenery and music, incessant rain and an almost endless (and epic) journey to fortree city. the parts surrounding the 4th to 6th gyms are easily the best of the game, and you know you're entering a huge adventure the second you set foot on route 111 that lasts until at least magma's hideout, where you finally have to leave that wonderful continent. and that is just the summit of the amazingness of the region. my first impression of RSE was actually three posters of all 386 pokemon in hoenn pokedex order, and when i saw the new pokemon, i thought "oh god those suck a lot". now, the designs have grown a lot on me. i can't exactly say that hoenn trumps the other gens in this aspect, or is beaten out by them, though. so yeah, i adore gen 3 (to death, if it were living), and tried nuzlocking my favourite game emerald recently. flannery beat me, and she has never given me trouble before. =[ discuss.