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Twitch Plays Pokémon is returning for Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire

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Twitch Plays Pokémon, a streaming channel in which users input commands via comments to control in-game actions, will return to the Pokémon franchise for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the creator confirmed to Polygon today.

The channel is essentially a Twitch-powered massively multiplayer game in which viewers attempt to navigate — or disrupt — play. Twitch Plays Pokémon got its start with the original Pokémon Red before moving on to other games in the popular franchise.

The channel will kick off with the game's demo, which was released Oct. 21, on Oct. 24 at 11 p.m. ET. According to the channel's programmer, who chooses to remain anonymous, the demo will run for a day or two and then be replaced by Pokémon Stadium 2 until the full game is released in North America. The programmer added that streams for the Nintendo 3DS games have been taken over by a new user.

For now, the channel is playing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. In May, the programmer told Polygon that Twitch Plays Pokémon would continue as long as there is interest.

At PAX Prime in August, researcher and data scientist Alex Leavitt revealed that the total view time for Twitch Plays Pokémon was more than 1 billion minutes. For more on how the phenomenon got its start, check out our interview with the original programmer.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch for Nintendo 3DS Nov. 21.