It's been a couple days since Pokemon X and Y were first revealed to the masses. And while many people were upset about the lack of a Ruby/Sapphire remake, reception has been overall positive. Now that the first day hype is behind us and things have more or less settled down, I'd finally like to give my opinion on the matter while also addressing some of the major complaints about the new games.
I'll start off by saying that I'm incredibly stoked. I've been wanting a fully 3D pokemon game since before Pokemon Black and White, and we've finally got it! True, the cute, little sprites will be dearly missed, but like with every popular franchise, it's time to evolve with the times. Pun intended.
Anyway, let's begin with the starters. There are plenty of mixed feeling about these guys, but I didn't find them nearly as disappointing as the Sinnoh trio, who I still find unappealing to this day (save for infernape). But we're not talking about Sinnoh, are we?
This is the starter that had everyone scratching their heads and asking, "WTF is that supposed to be?" It's sorta like a grass oshawott with a chestnut theme--and while I agree it's design is unorthodox, one also has to realize that this is the first time Nintendo has ever attempted a grass starter that wasn't reptile and/or amphibian based. Of course, as derpy as it looks, you just know chespin is going to pull an oshawott and have the most badass final evo of the three.
Definitely the fan favorite. While totally adorable, a lot of people are worried that it's going to be just another fire/fighting type. I, for one, don't think Nintendo is dumb enough to make the same mistake 3 times in a row--but I could be wrong. In the trailer, it's shown using a psychic move, which leads me to believe that it'll be a fire/psychic type--a refreshing change, if you ask me~ Also, I'm getting an Okami paintbrush vibe from it due to the tip of its tail looking like it was dipped into paint, so I have high hopes for this little mon.
Anyone else immediately reminded of Windwaker when they saw this guy? I admit, I found it a bit strange looking at first, but this froggy has quickly grown on me. It's amusing that the main complaint is that we have enough water frog pokemon, and yet there are nearly twice as many fire dog pokemon and you don't hear fennekin getting any grief. Also, the cloud on it's back and the fact that it's shown using an electric move in the trailer makes me thing that this guy will evolve into a water/electric type.
And how about them legendaries?
While I agree that both look incredibly badass, I really don't have any strong opinion on the two. To me, legendaries have been getting gaudier since gen 3, although I'll admit that I immediately fell in love with reshiram the first time I saw it. Also, with the introduction of both an X and Y legendary, you just know there's going to be a Z legendary, which I'm convinced with look like Trogdor the Burninator!
Now the trainers~
Some people have complained that the new trainers look bland and generic. While I agree to some extent, I'm also hoping that gen 6 will introduce trainer customization, which has been long overdue, imo. This is supported by the fact that the male trainer is seen staring into a mirror Sims-style in the opening scene in the trailer.
"Hey there, good lookin'!"
Of course, this could also mean jack shit...
Finally, I'm going to address some of the main complaints about the announcement.
While gen 3 is undoubtedly my favorite generation, I never really had high hopes for a Ruby/Sapphire remake, and here's why:
When gen 3 was first introduced, it completely severed ties with the previous two generations--that is, you could no longer trade with past games. To make up for this, Nintendo released remakes of Pokemon Red and Green (FireRed and LeafGreen, respectively), and later of Pokemon Gold and Silver (HeartGold and SoulSilver). While they were cool gimmicks at the time, there's really no reason to continue the trend. Why? Because it's still possible to transfer pokemon from gen 3 games to the newer installments. And as much as I'd love a Hoenn remake, I'd rather Nintendo focus their resources on creating newer games.
Of course, I hope I'm wrong and that they do one day re-release the games~
When the 3DS was first released, it had shit games. But it's been 2 years since then and its library has exploded in a good way. Pokemon has always been the dominating contributor to the success of the Nintendo handheld systems, and frankly, it's time for the 3DS to surpass its predecessors. Also, 3DS's have have had a significant drop in price since their debut, and there's a good chance that they may drop again come Christmas, so start bugging your parents now~
I consider myself a pokemon vet (it's nicer than calling me an "old fart"), and I've gone through the hype of each new generation, as well as all the complaining. So I know that as much as we bitch and moan, as pokefans, we're inevitably going to buy the new games, because Nintendo has practically owned us since our childhood--so why fight it? This is why I'm staying positive and not wasting my energy on bashing the new installments. I was extremely pleased with Pokemon Black and White (Black and White 2 is another story), so I trust Nintendo to deliver to the best of their abilities. Call it blind loyalty, if you will. I just know that I'm going to be the first in line come October. ;D