I've been playing Pokémon Emerald a lot again lately, and have remembered my favourite feature.
It's the apprentice in the Battle Tower. They are a trainer who asks you questions about which Pokémon they should use in the Tower, and battle moves and the like. They ask you one question a day until they feel successfully mentored by you, at which time they are replaced by a new one.
Then they are assigned a position in the Tower's single rooms, so that you meet them in battle or team up with them in the Multi rooms.
However, when you mix records with another Emerald game, you also share all your apprentices and a trainer of yourself for use in your friend's Tower.
I also really like Record Mixing, just because of all the data it shares amongst games, and to see all the data the game tracks. Make a big purchase at a PokéMart and then mix records, you'll be on your friend's TV on a show. You'll also be in their Record Hall for the Battle Frontier.
There's also the sharing of secret bases, which not only shares your base, but all the registered bases you have and vice versa.
Record Mixing is still present in the fourth generation games (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum) but doesn't share as much data as Emerald, nor are as many in-game things changed.
I'd love to see the feature return in a big way.
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