Yes, I did play some of the Japanese version, but it’s been so long I’m having a blast. This game feels so fresh. I actually haven’t had such an original experience in an ENGLISH Pokemon game for awhile because I played the Japanese Diamond version so Pearl and Platinum were old hat, then HGSS were remakes so that wasn’t a “new” experience per se… So the last time I’ve gone through a game and not known everything was really Ruby :3 I’m almost surprised how much I’m enjoying this.
ps- Post how your adventure is going in the comments! I’m only at Route 2 (lol).