I'm grateful to the franchise, its kept Nintendo afloat during dark times, ensuring we get new Metroid, Mario and Zelda games, can't thank it enough for that, but its gotten to the stage where I can't see Pokemon surviving another three generations.
Pokemon today is an exhausting experience, it takes more out of me, the player, than it gives back.
Now I LOVE Generation 1. Yes its aged horribly, but for all its flaws, quirky and questionable design choices, and godawful cumbersome user interface, it still retains a certain undeniable 'charm' a 'spark' that is unmatched. My greatest source of anguish is that we never got a full-on proper 3D
RPG Pokemon game on N64, and never will. The closest was 'Snap', 'Stadium' and 'Hey You Pikachu', which are draining
, gimmicky and quickly become tiresome. I'm tempted to condemn Nintendo and Game Freak
alike outright as lazy developers for not capitalizing upon this potential.
Pokemon is in danger of suffocating itself by expanding and expanding to the point where it becomes monotonous
. Its already unnecessarily complicated and time-consuming. Haters are gonna hate for me saying this but - the true rot set in with Generation 2. It introduced crazily-rare Shiny Pokemon, genders, additional stats, breeding, eggs, evolution prerequisites, holding items and "legendary hunting". And it just kept going downhill from there
As of X and Y, there are now 649 Pokemon
. Are you kidding me? That's insane. The individual values, natures, etc are almost impossible to keep up with.
Pokemon is now in desperate need of a radical overhaul. It needs to be rebooted with the original 151 Pokemon, Game Freak
ought to focus on its strengths, return to its RPG roots in making the world feel truly alive. The badly-written filler anime should not
look interesting by comparison.