I've got really mixed feelings about this release...
On the one hand, I think this release is far too soon. I mean, the normal Generation Gap is 4-5 years, this has been 2. I like the normal length of time, it allows me to properly anticipate the new games, which I haven't been able to do here. Besides, I haven't fully completed White 2 (and I think there's a lot more Nintendo can do to drag out these games) and I have the new Mystery Dungeons to give me my Pokémon Game fix this year.
I also think that this short gap could have bad effects in the future. maybe the gaps will always be this short, which I feel will reduce the quality of the games, as well as make competitive battling a bit of a pain. Also, the real bummer for me, is the fact that this may mean there'll be no RSE remakes. Third Gen was by far my favourite Generation and I was really looking forward to them getting remakes and it would've been awesome if they were the first on 3DS.
I guess there's a lot of good possibilities from this release. Perhaps Nintendo are releasing so soon because they wanted to get a main series title on 3DS but didn't want to wait the full length of time because they're releasing a new handheld console that'll eclipse the 3DS. Realistically though, I think we all know the reason: To boost 3DS Sales.
On the positive side though, the games' graphics look really, really good. Just moving away from the little pixelated sprites we're used to is fantastic and it looks like they're taking what they did with Castelia to a whole new level. I guess there's not much to be said about the Pokémon at the moment, but here's hoping that Game Freak will do a good job. The starters are fairly meh, in my opinion, perhaps even the worst lot yet, though I guess we should wait until the evolutions are unveiled to make that decision. Nothing will ever eclipse the RSE starters though. I've made my choice (Chespin) too. However, looking at the fire starter, I think we can (hopefully) make one excellent conclusion: No Fire-Fighting Starter! Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention. That Y-Legendary is possibly the coolest Pokémon I have ever seen.
So, in summary, I'm not too keen on these releases, and, with all the other things being released this year, neither is the wallet. If there's anything that'll change my mind though, it's the graphics and that Y-Legendary!
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