Originally Posted by Fat Blazen
2. All Pokemon are not created equal. They shouldn't be. You get Butterfree in under 20 minutes. It should not be on the same level as the Dragonite that took hours, or days to obtain. This doesn't mean that you can't use Butterfree though. That's the whole point of lower tiers in Smogon. So that you can use your Butterfree against Pokemon on the same level without having to worry about your opponent bringing in Dragonite to ruin your day. Sure, you can use lower tier Pokes in higher tiers, and some people have found success in doing so. Just realize that everybody is playing to win.
3. Another problem with trying to even out stats is that stats aren't the only important thing. Typing, abilities, and move pools are all important factors. Smeargle, or Sableye with Garchomp level stats would just break the meta game even further.
All pokemon should have a viable niche in the game. That should always be the ultimate goal of the game. A player cannot utilize every pokemon in a competitive sense by any stretch of the imagination. That is a flaw that hopefully someday would be remedied.
The Butterfree vs. Dragonite example is not quite as extreme as, let's say, Unown vs. Garchomp, which I would like for someone to explain how that matchup would be fair (Hidden Power ICE, BRO, LOOK OUT). But, in Pokemon X and Y, they can change the metagame for the better by implementing balance changes to either abilities or movepools to improve the metagame.
For example, Storm Drain and Lightningrod were improved to absorb attacks instead of simply draw them in. That type of change to abilities would be an excellent way to balance weaker pokemon like Unown. Imagine Unown with an ability that absorbed ALL special attacks and gave it a special attack boost. That would probably make it viable in competition in any bracket.
Also, why the heck isn't there a way to make pokemon like Butterfree available in the early game and still viable by adding POST GAME methods to further train inferior pokemon? Add an item that boosts early game pokemon? There are tons of ways to make those pokemon viable, and they tried with Compound Eyes already with Butterfree and Dream World abilities in general, so why not try to make EVERY pokemon at least more viable?
Or just give us 4th stage evolutions. That would be sweet.