(Little) Things that annoy you in Pokémon

And as a reminder, BDSP released on a Friday. Anyone who bought it physical (as I did) is likely to be in that situation.
I don't think that's a valid point when discussing whether a piece of game design is a good idea or not. Context outside the vacuum of the game can have merit (the most recent notable example being Animal Crossing New Horizons and how it interacted with the hellish and prolonged context of the past two years) but in this case the outside context is like, launch day and the day after and that's it. And then past that date the context of "it was released on a Friday" becomes completely irrelevant.
 
Even if you beat Mars on launch day, Drifloon is not coded to appear until you after beat Mars, but is ALSO coded to NOT appear if you beat her on a Friday, meaning that everyone who got it on the official launch day HAD to at the very least wait a full week before they could get Drifloon.

This was far less of a problem in Gen IV because it was easy to spoof the(manually set) DS clock WITHOUT locking time-based events for 24 hours if you knew what you were doing,
 
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They could have very easily just made Drifloon available for normal capture in the Lost Tower on Route 209 (where the Hallowed Tower you put the Odd Keystone in to get Spiritomb); getting it at Valley Windworks would have just been an early game bonus if you happen upon it on Friday. They could have also tossed Drifblim inside Turnback Cave.
 
But why do you skip the trainer in Hearthome gym ? Even if the puzzle is very easy, you should fight everything to gain xp, money, EV etc ...
Game feel reasons mostly

Your "Reward" is moving on with the gym, you're decentivized from going back. It just feels natural to solve the math problem and move on. And a handful of trainers in the gym won't really matter long term if your're getting everything else. So it's easy to not even think twice
 

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It’s understood that Gigantamax being only Kanto and (understandably) Galar with only two exceptions is a sore point against it. But the distribution alone isn’t what annoys me the most.

It’s how unnatural and forced it feels. Gigantamax is similarly marketable like Mega Evolution, contrasting signature Z-Moves where it is given to only popular Pokémon. It allows for Pokémon through multiple generations to find new uses in Galar, at least in a way it could no perform as simply Dynamaxed.

Problem is that not only amongst Gen 1 Pokémon already gain a lot of popularity - the only exception is Kingler - and even did gave one to Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise and Gengar - the latter way too similar to Mega Gengar functionality-wise - as well as Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth, the disappointment is surreal in hindsight.

Gameplay-wise, most Gigantamax forms are either barely better or flat-out worse than the standard Dynamaxed variant, with only G-Max Pikachu, G-Max Charizard, G-Max Venusaur and G-Max Lapras finding any real use in official competition. Gigantamax are supposed to be more powerful than Dynamax in a way, so this fact just feels worse.

I feel like Gigantamax is an even bigger case of style-over-substance than both Mega Evolution and Dynamax. Shame, as the concept definitely have potentials, and I’ll admit that I liked G-Max Charizard design-wise more than both of it’s Mega Evolution.
 
Gameplay-wise, most Gigantamax forms are either barely better or flat-out worse than the standard Dynamaxed variant, with only G-Max Pikachu, G-Max Charizard, G-Max Venusaur and G-Max Lapras finding any real use in official competition. Gigantamax are supposed to be more powerful than Dynamax in a way, so this fact just feels worse.
Honestly, I'd have made it so that Gigantamax had the same Max moves as regular Dynamax. No advantages, but no disadvantages either. Just a (supposed) cool-looking alternate Max Form.
 

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I forgot G-Max Coalossal!

Weakness Policy + Steam Engine is no joke once allowed to run rampant.
Honestly, I'd have made it so that Gigantamax had the same Max moves as regular Dynamax. No advantages, but no disadvantages either. Just a (supposed) cool-looking alternate Max Form.
Not exactly fond of this idea but it does allow the player to focus on only the design without sacrifying utility as a plus.
 
So gen 5 introduced critical captures, and the rate where they happen increases the more of the pokedex you have filled out (captured, not seen). It's a pretty nice system, encourages you to do capture more and flesh it. I like it a lot


Species CaughtMultiplier
>6002.5
451-6002
301-4501.5
151-3001
31-1500.5
≤300

In BW1/2 you can get to that x2 multiplier not too bad and you'll even get to enjoy the 600.
XY/ORAS benefit a lot from this; there's over 700 pokemon now after all and the available pokemon are very jam packed


however we start encountering a bit of a goofy problem: they've never altered these rates
You're first thought is wrong because this first starts being a "problem" in gen 7
SM only has about eh....like 380-ish pokemon available in it without transfers. It's going to take you a relatively long time to reach the 1.5 multiplier and you cannot go higher without Bank.
USUM I think can breach 600, but it's a pretty tight window and requires SM trades.

And then of course you have something like Let's Go, where you're not getting past the 0.5 multiplier
DLC-less SWSH will never leave 1.5 and it was only after CT wher eyou can reach the 2.5 threshold again.
And BDSP of course, will require every trick in the book to reach the x2 multiplier.

If they're going to keep doing these things I think they should probably make it "species caught as a ratio of the regional dex", imo. The catching charm helps a little but just feels like sidestepping the issue.
 
Suddenly popped in my head that Sinistea's exclusive move might actually STAY exclusive

Shame, cuz I'd like to see what other mons fancy a tea

Personally I'd choose these (some fake mons may apply, also my reasoning for these is pretty stupid)

Kadabra
Alakazam
Mr Mime
Magmar
Kangaaskhan
Mewtwo
Togepi
Quagsire
Kingdra
Wobuffet
Pengas
Dusclops
Dusknoir
Wynaut
Snorunt
Glalie
Frosghast
Kecleon
Spinda
Magmortar
GKecleon
 

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Suddenly popped in my head that Sinistea's exclusive move might actually STAY exclusive

Shame, cuz I'd like to see what other mons fancy a tea

Personally I'd choose these (some fake mons may apply, also my reasoning for these is pretty stupid)

Kadabra
Alakazam
Mr Mime
Magmar
Kangaaskhan
Mewtwo
Togepi
Quagsire
Kingdra
Wobuffet
Pengas
Dusclops
Dusknoir
Wynaut
Snorunt
Glalie
Frosghast
Kecleon
Spinda
Magmortar
GKecleon
Teatime is certainly one of those Signature Moves which feel like they'll remain exclusive until they make another tea or at least drink-based Pokemon again, if ever.

However, they've stretched and made exceptions before. I imagine any Pokemon that would receive Teatime would be ones of a playful sort. Here's my thinking (NOTE: Teatime would need to be made into a TM as Polteageist is genderless thus can't spread it through breeding under the current mechanics):

Girly: Call it sexist, but "girls playing teatime" is (or was) a trope constantly seen and thus ingrained as a thing just girls do. So with that let's look through the female only or female leaning Pokemon. Of them I can see the following sitting down for a lovely tea party:
  • 100% Female: Nidoran female family, Chansey family, Kangaskhan, Jynx family, Miltank, Illumise, Vespiquen, Froslass, Petilil family, Flabebe family, Bounsweet family, Hatenna family, Milcery family
  • 3:1 Female: Clefairy family, Jigglypuff family, Snubbull family, Skitty family, Glameow family, Minccino family, Gothita family

March Hare & The Dormouse: Hatenna family reminded me of another possible stretch: The Mad Hatter's & March Hare's tea parties from Alice in Wonderland. While there aren't really that many hat Pokemon, Hatenna sort of being the main one, there's not only "hare/rabbit" Pokemon we could look into but let's not forget that also at the tea party was the Dormouse so that ropes in the "mouse/rodent" Pokemon!
  • Hares/Rabbits: Buneary family, Bunnelby family
  • Mouse/Rodent: Pikachu family & Pikaclones, Sentret family, Marill family (which Azurill also count toward a rabbit!), Sentret family, Bidoof family, Patrat family

Food-based Pokemon: I mean, why not? At a tea party you don't just drink tea, there's little finger foods, fruit, and treats. Now I already mentioned some above like the Bounsweet family and Milcery family but there's still a few others like the Cherubi family & Swirlix family (moreso Slurpuff). Not sure if I would include the Vanillite family, like ice cream really isn't something that goes with tea, BUT it is cute and would be a funny image. Also, though a bit of a stretch, the Elemental Monkeys were designed to be helpful around a kitchen including with brewing tea: Pansage picks the freshest herbs/tea leaves, Panpour pours fresh water, and Pansear cooks/boils. On that same thought I guess you could include the Snorlax family and Lickitung family.

Type Rundown:
  • Ghost: Since Polteageist is a Ghost-type I feel the Ghost-types should be given a chance to get it even if the move isn't really linked to something ghostly. So let's see what we have: Misdreavus family, Shuppet family, Frillish family, Pumpkaboo family, & Mimikyu I can see sitting around a table sipping some tea (well, to be fair, I can also see the Gastly family, Duskull family, Sableye, Yamask family, & Phantump family but they're not as thematic as the ones I mentioned).
  • Water: What Pokemon would be better as drinking than a Water-type, they breath liquid! Slowking, maybe Corsola, Lombre/Ludicolo maybe also, Piplup family, Manaphy/Phione, Oshawott family (samurai draink tea), Froakie family (ninja drank tea too), Popplio family, Mareanie family, Sobble family (British spies drink tea). Milotic if it had any arms, guess it can use its tail? I'd say Luvdisc and Alomomola but, in addition to the no limbs thing, they also look like a pastry you'd eat at a tea party...
  • Grass: The effect of the move has both targets eating their berries which I feel ties it into the Grass-type. And here we got Oddish family (or at leasts its evolutions), Chikorita family, Sunflora, Celebi, Nuzleaf/Shiftry (tengu seem like yokai that'll drink tea), Reselia family, Shaymin, Snivy family, Sewaddle family, Whimsicott, & Gossifluer family. Would be pretty funny to see Snover family drinking tea for same reason as Vanillite.
  • Normal/Psychic/Fairy: Finally, let's just do all the miscellaneous "cute" Pokemon which are pretty much all tied in these Types: Eevee family, G-Ponyta family, Mr. Mime family (Normal & especially Galarian), Mew, Togepi family, Aipom family, Teddiursa family, Ralts family, Slakoth family, Mawile, Chimecho family, Jirachi, Victini, Munna family, Audino, Meloetta, Furfrou, Spritzee family, Espurr family, Diancie, Cutiefly family, Stufful family, Oranguru, Drampa, Magearna, Skwovet family, & Indeedee.

I could go on like maybe look through the Human-like Egg Group but honestly I think I made a bigger list than I thought I would. Thinking about it, Teatime ain't that exclusive as I thought it would. :psynervous:
 
Suddenly popped in my head that Sinistea's exclusive move might actually STAY exclusive

Shame, cuz I'd like to see what other mons fancy a tea

Personally I'd choose these (some fake mons may apply, also my reasoning for these is pretty stupid)

Kadabra
Alakazam
Mr Mime
Magmar
Kangaaskhan
Mewtwo
Togepi
Quagsire
Kingdra
Wobuffet
Pengas
Dusclops
Dusknoir
Wynaut
Snorunt
Glalie
Frosghast
Kecleon
Spinda
Magmortar
GKecleon
If Mewtwo would get it Diancie and Rayquaza should get it too
 
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Something that bugs me, and this affects many franchise fandoms, is the heavy Mandela effect/misnostalgia
It's worse when devs try to actually be faithful, but because of the Mandela effect people just treat like a new foreign thing. One that comes to mind are the colors for XY models being based directly on Sugimori's post Gen 3 art, though people act like "the 3D medium did it for lots or cuz 3D sucks" when it didn't for those reasons. It's trash don't get me wrong, but don't act like this came out of the blue for your "narrative"

Especially when Entei is saturated...like its art


At the same time GF HAS tried supporting the Mandela effect caused by other more popular spinoffs for consistency. Like most Gen 1/2 mon changes the anime introduced. Or just "modernizing" for remakes

BDSP is probably the first a remake is faithful to OG art for humans. FRLG and HGSS, Oras and LGPE especially drastically changed designs. Yet, despite people raving these characters, they rarely ever reference the original design in fanwork, outside Kris and Leaf, though that's for other reasons

Fanbase nostalgia is fickle, and ultimately what hurts a lot of remakes, official for reception, or fanmade for accuracy. The fanbase is far more likely to flanderize stuff too. And then the company either pisses them off in doing something different, or caters to the misnostalgia. Or (rarely) is faithful to intentions of the past devs

It's a vicious cycle
 
are we just calling retcons (stuff the remakes trend towards ie not pretending eggs were "just discovered" since that makes no sense at this point in the franchise) and standardizations (various design tweaks done by sugimori and friends to iron out the various weirdness across the franchise)) mandela effect now

and also are we trying to position the updated designs as trying to rick people into thinkin they looked like that before...???
 
Something that bugs me, and this affects many franchise fandoms, is the heavy Mandela effect/misnostalgia
It's worse when devs try to actually be faithful, but because of the Mandela effect people just treat like a new foreign thing. One that comes to mind are the colors for XY models being based directly on Sugimori's post Gen 3 art, though people act like "the 3D medium did it for lots or cuz 3D sucks" when it didn't for those reasons. It's trash don't get me wrong, but don't act like this came out of the blue for your "narrative"

Especially when Entei is saturated...like its art


At the same time GF HAS tried supporting the Mandela effect caused by other more popular spinoffs for consistency. Like most Gen 1/2 mon changes the anime introduced. Or just "modernizing" for remakes

BDSP is probably the first a remake is faithful to OG art for humans. FRLG and HGSS, Oras and LGPE especially drastically changed designs. Yet, despite people raving these characters, they rarely ever reference the original design in fanwork, outside Kris and Leaf, though that's for other reasons

Fanbase nostalgia is fickle, and ultimately what hurts a lot of remakes, official for reception, or fanmade for accuracy. The fanbase is far more likely to flanderize stuff too. And then the company either pisses them off in doing something different, or caters to the misnostalgia. Or (rarely) is faithful to intentions of the past devs

It's a vicious cycle
That's not the Mandela effect. That's just referencing something other than the in-game sprites. If it were a case of Mandela, it would be the opposite of what you described. The desaturated models would truly have no basis in prior depictions, but a large portion of people think they used to look like that.
 
are we just calling retcons (stuff the remakes trend towards ie not pretending eggs were "just discovered" since that makes no sense at this point in the franchise) and standardizations (various design tweaks done by sugimori and friends to iron out the various weirdness across the franchise)) mandela effect now
No I mean that the fanbase pretty much ignored art directly from devs except ironically, remake characters. They overrelied on the anime (this only really applies for Gen 1/2 mons since that was before GF sent ref model sheets), or "limited" sprites. And then when something isn't that, they get nettled.
Most aren't even aware many gen 1 mons changed post FRLG. Which makes those "Genwunner design videos" seem really dumb in retrospect cuz history is just ignored

and also are we trying to position the updated designs as trying to rick people into thinkin they looked like that before...???
Updating designs is fine, and rarely ever in malicious intent (closest to malicious intent for GF would be how obnoxious it is to unlock hard mode in BW). I'm more mad that the common color rant was blamed on the fact it's 3D despite prior material, or that people even till now misinterpret designs despite dev talk/notes. Cresselia and Serperior have hands but no one knows, etc
Just yesterday I had to deal with a guy that blamed 3D for Cascoon/Silcoon having 2 eyes, and not being a cyclops. It was like...have they never seen the mons outside main game Sprites?

And again, the fact they defaulted to blaming a medium is silly

It reminds me far too much of elitists in a certain hedgehog's franchise...

Generally, people kinda don't seem to realize gameplay (or even story) elements in older games are limited in scope, either due to dev inexperience or limitations/rushing. When a remake is brought up, fans gravitate for sticking rigidly to it, which in Pokemon causes issues in terrain, world building, and scale. A city is NOT 6 people
This is basically where the "misnostalgia" or even mandela effect for some details set
GF unfortunately know that fans will be peeved if anything substantial (like blocky layouts) change. It's why every remake relatively is the same layout wise (FRLG's Sevii Islands are post game, but the maingame areas are similar), with a fresh coat of "paint" (QoL) for menus/battle mechanics
Can they make a full fledged remake with worlds as big and inspiring like the anime? Maybe
Will they? That depends on how open the fanbase is

Or alternatively, they can just modernize completely for setting/twist things up like some remakes. FF7 for instance is an alt universe, and ORAS has some story elements that suggest so, despite repeated limitations for layout

GF and SEGA are too scared, because catering to nostalgia (whether correct or not) is such a strong asset now. But the fanbases are turbulent for opinons, so it rarely matters, and casuals will only dip into their work and leave just as fast
 

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Something that bugs me, and this affects many franchise fandoms, is the heavy Mandela effect/misnostalgia.
That's not the Mandela effect. That's just referencing something other than the in-game sprites. If it were a case of Mandela, it would be the opposite of what you described. The desaturated models would truly have no basis in prior depictions, but a large portion of people think they used to look like that.
No I mean that the fanbase pretty much ignored art directly from devs except ironically, remake characters. They overrelied on the anime (this only really applies for Gen 1/2 mons since that was before GF sent ref model sheets), or "limited" sprites. And then when something isn't that, they get nettled.

While you'll find various definitions online, from how I understand it the Mandela Effect is an example of a false memory of something that never existed. So DrPumpkinz is correct.

It's worse when devs try to actually be faithful, but because of the Mandela effect people just treat like a new foreign thing. One that comes to mind are the colors for XY models being based directly on Sugimori's post Gen 3 art, though people act like "the 3D medium did it for lots or cuz 3D sucks" when it didn't for those reasons. It's trash don't get me wrong, but don't act like this came out of the blue for your "narrative"

Especially when Entei is saturated...like its art
Now what you're describing is also an example of false memory which the Mandela Effect falls under, but it's a different kind. Not sure if it has a definite term, but what you're describing is a large of number of people's perceiving something is incorrect based on their first exposure to the material not realizing there was a prior/alt version of the material that's being referenced thus is correct. It's more of a conflict of point of view.

Also, I wouldn't have used Entei because, looking at Entei's official art, sprites, and model I could barely tell a difference. If you want a batch of Pokemon this applies to here's an Imgur of more notable models that differ from their sprites (and the model then being colored to better match the sprite). I'll just post some that I find notable:




Anyway, I don't think it's anything to get mad about. Even you noted that you prefer the more vibrant colors of the sprite, and the Imgur pics show they could have been done on the models. So it doesn't really matter whether they know the color palette is referencing the Sugimori official art or not, in the end they just don't like the more dull/faded/washed out appearance to their favorite Pokemon.

I also wouldn't be surprised if Sugimori didn't consider his drawing's color palette to be the official colors, he was just drawing the characters in a way that looked good. If you look at the 2D drawings of the Imgur Pokemon, despite them having the faded colors, they look perfectly fine due to the way he drew them (their pose, applying lighting & shading, etc).

BDSP is probably the first a remake is faithful to OG art for humans. FRLG and HGSS, Oras and LGPE especially drastically changed designs. Yet, despite people raving these characters, they rarely ever reference the original design in fanwork, outside Kris and Leaf, though that's for other reasons
*Looks confusingly left and right* Okay, where did this come from? We were discussing about people's personal preference to Pokemon's color palettes and suddenly you jumped to this. Like, okay, so not a lot of artists draw the human characters in their old designs. So? It's not like they're using designs made by the fandom and trying to push it as an official appearance, the new designs are just as official as the older ones, possibly even moreso. You can obviously prefer the older designs over the new ones, I too prefer some original designs such as Shelly & Wallace, but I'm not going to say that invalidates the newer designs. Heck, Pokemon Masters seems to be the closest we have to what GF considers the preferred designs and it doesn't strictly stick to one game's design aesthetic, default Brock is from FRLG while default Misty is from Let's Go (also Let's Go designs actually tried to stick closer to the original sprite designs moreso than FRLG); and that's not to mention it includes alt costumes both unique to the game and referencing other games & media depictions.

Fanbase nostalgia is fickle, and ultimately what hurts a lot of remakes, official for reception, or fanmade for accuracy. The fanbase is far more likely to flanderize stuff too. And then the company either pisses them off in doing something different, or caters to the misnostalgia. Or (rarely) is faithful to intentions of the past devs

It's a vicious cycle

I've read that paragraph a few times now and I don't quite understand what you're trying to say with it; I think you mixed a few thoughts together and they didn't come out quite right.

Like, have the remakes been hurt from them going with new designs? I don't think so, from what I can tell they sold just as well as the main games of that gen (it's usually the third versions which have lower sells). And no matter our complaining them using older designs for LGPE and BDSP doesn't seem to have hurt them at all either. And who past devs are they not being faithful to, themselves? I'll give you the fanbase does sometimes make mountains out of mole hills, but a lot of times it's also usually a vocal minority. The number of people complaining is VASTLY outnumbered by those who just don't care, many just want to play a fun Pokemon game.

I don't like BDSP because I don't think they change enough from the original or didn't incorporate the notable parts of Platinum, but that's a personal issue because there's a ton of new players who never played Gen IV so BDSP might as well be a completely new Pokemon game to them. Like I've been watching clips of the Hololive Vtubers playing through BDSP and they're having plenty fun and reacting to battles, story events, and Pokemon encounters/evolutions for the first time. It made me feel a bit nostalgic about my first time playing through Diamond. And they probably wouldn't be acting any different if they did change the designs or added more story elements, to them and the thousands of others who never played Gen IV before it doesn't matter. Those of us who did play the originals wish there was more and know what new players are missing out on, but we're the minority and it's not going to affect their sales in the slightest or the general positive reception of the game (cause, though it's the vanilla DP, it's still DP which were perfectly serviceable games).

Generally, people kinda don't seem to realize gameplay (or even story) elements in older games are limited in scope, either due to dev inexperience or limitations/rushing. When a remake is brought up, fans gravitate for sticking rigidly to it, which in Pokemon causes issues in terrain, world building, and scale. A city is NOT 6 people
This is basically where the "misnostalgia" or even mandela effect for some details set
GF unfortunately know that fans will be peeved if anything substantial (like blocky layouts) change. It's why every remake relatively is the same layout wise (FRLG's Sevii Islands are post game, but the maingame areas are similar), with a fresh coat of "paint" (QoL) for menus/battle mechanics
Can they make a full fledged remake with worlds as big and inspiring like the anime? Maybe
Will they? That depends on how open the fanbase is
... You think GF didn't update the maps & scope of cities & towns because they were worried about backlash from the fanbase?

GF doesn't give a flying mulch what the fanbase thinks when it comes to redesigning pretty much anything in the game. They keep the map the same because its easy and already done, anything they redesign is out of pure interest on their part. They didn't care what fans would have thought redesigning Mauville City, replacing the Abandoned Ship with Sea Mauville, or making New Mauville only a single room in ORAS, they did it because they wanted to do something interesting they thought of which consequently also affected something which already existed to be made shorter to match their new vision.

If they cared about what the fans thought ORAS and BDSP would have their Battle Frontiers and other third version additions which improved the quality of the game. If they cared they would remake the cities & towns to make them larger (or at least look it) & have more people. But they don't because that wasn't what interested them thus they just went with what was there because if it ain't broke don't fix it I guess (also a bit of nostalgia on their part could be at play; THEIR nostalgia, not the fans). And if GameFreak does make any changes they'll do it wholeheartedly not caring if it upset fans, infact they're probably not even thinking about that but more of what the player's experience would be exploring the city/town at the moment. Also any changes to the menus/battle mechanics are usually holdovers from the new main games of that gen, maybe their aesthetic slightly changed to match how it was in the original games the remakes are based on.

Also, let's remember in BDSP's case they stuck so close to the original games is because they were having a third party make it. But not a major third party, no, they got a smaller studio (that they were already working with, ILCA also helped making HOME) and pretty much just gave them the original DP blueprints and said "make these but in 3D, don't go off design without permission" and only really allowing for little changes even then. The decisions with BDSP wasn't done based on perceived fan reaction but rather they just wanted to get remakes of DP out there so that they can say it has been done and focus on their true interest: Legends: Arceus.
 

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Game Freak has always had this weird mentality since Gen 3 where they don't really want to keep any individual feature consistently in every game, and they feel like they want to make each game different by consistently reinventing the wheel in terms of what features the games have and replacing what was in the previous generation with something new because they decide that each feature should be part of a singular generation's individuality compared to the rest, and they are always consistently trying to experiment with new ideas, not thinking about whether the fanbase will like them or not, but just because they find said ideas interesting. In an ideal world even the likes of Gen 8 right now would have the Battle Frontier and Mega Evolutions because those are two of the most popular and well-received features: and even in those two cases, I don't think Game Freak made them so much because they thought fans would like them, but because at the time they existed they thought it would be a fun little idea, and the Frontier and Megas just ended up being lightning in a bottle and being big hits with the fans.

I suspect they decided to never include the Frontier again after Gen 4 partially because they decided the Battle Frontier is Gen 4's "thing" that makes it unique from other generations, and that if other gens were to have it it would ruin the individuality that defined Platinum and HGSS. The same applies to Sinnoh's Contests and HGSS's Pokeathlon. Which frankly is a headass mentality but the point remains. Same with Gen 5 and shit like the PWT, Gems, and the mini Unova only dex in BW1 which never showed up again after that gen. Or Gen 6 having Mega Evolution, which was such a cool feature, but instead of keeping it around, it was shoved to the wayside in Gen 7 and flat out removed in Gen 8. Then Gen 7 had Z-Moves and the Mantine Surfing stuff in USUM, both of which were cut from Gen 8. Then with Gen 8 they decided their little "experiment" for this time around was Dynamax and the Wild Area, the latter carrying over to BDSP in the form of the Hideaways and basically being the entire game in Legends: Arceus.

Game Freak seems to be a mix of arrogant and overambitious when it comes to creating features for their games and they don't really think about whether a feature will be good or not, which results in them rotating features out each generation whether fans like them or not, and every feature they have experimented with fundamentally ends up hit or miss, and they just experiment every time with new ideas that they don't stick with in the long term. Sometimes, the new ideas are a success like Mega Evolutions, the Battle Frontier, the Pokemon World Tournament, and even stuff like the Wild Area to an extent. Sometimes, the new ideas are a miss, like Z-Moves and especially Dynamax. They just rotate features and game design ideas in the games in and out, and these features and ideas/concepts fundamentally end up hit or miss with the fanbase. And unfortunately, these features while wonderful and cool at times and other times not, ultimately mask the fact that the games have largely remained similar and are fundamentally the same game as Pokemon Red and Green thus far, with the features being the big thing that differentiates each game, yet the games are very, very slow to truly evolve (this series is notoriously slow in terms of generational improvement). At least, that's how it seems to be, unfortunately.
 
I suspect they decided to never include the Frontier again after Gen 4 partially because they decided the Battle Frontier is Gen 4's "thing" that makes it unique from other generations, and that if other gens were to have it it would ruin the individuality that defined Platinum and HGSS. The same applies to Sinnoh's Contests and HGSS's Pokeathlon. Which frankly is a headass mentality but the point remains. Same with Gen 5 and shit like the PWT, Gems, and the mini Unova only dex in BW1 which never showed up again after that gen. Or Gen 6 having Mega Evolution, which was such a cool feature, but instead of keeping it around, it was shoved to the wayside in Gen 7 and flat out removed in Gen 8. Then Gen 7 had Z-Moves and the Mantine Surfing stuff in USUM, both of which were cut from Gen 8. Then with Gen 8 they decided their little "experiment" for this time around was Dynamax and the Wild Area, the latter carrying over to BDSP in the form of the Hideaways and basically being the entire game in Legends: Arceus.
While I agree that Game Freak discards ideas without giving them a chance to be refined way too often, I don't think there's anything wrong with one-off gimmicks. Like, you list Mantine Surfing as one of the features cut from Gen 8, but how would that even work? Mantine Surfing likely arose when someone on the team said "hey, this region is an archipelago, wouldn't it be cool if there was a minigame where you travel between them?" which also probably led to the minigame where you travel between dimensions (also on the back of a Pokemon). How would that work in Galar? Like sure, they could put some random guy on a beach who says "hey wanna rent a Rotom Surfboard for a while?" but if they kept doing that generation after generation it would feel hella forced.

Case in point, Rotom. The Rotom Pokedex was a fun novelty. Galarians shoving Rotoms into anything they can think of not only makes it less novel, but none of the Rotoms have any personality, unlike the Rotom dex who was a character in its own right, so they're also exceedingly boring and don't add anything to the game besides "being Rotoms just like last time".
 
Gamefreak absolutely does not consider the Frontier to be gen 4's "thing", I can basically guarantee this.
It was introduced in gen 3 and was like the most iconic lasting thing about Emerald and is why they went out of their way to reference it on the battle resort in many ways.
Secondly if they really truly thought it was the big gen 4 thing they probably would have bent over backwards to try & have it in some fashion in BDSP. Or at least reference. Didn't even get lipservice on that front, like oh ho ho the battle hall isnt here but there's a Hall Mode of the tower.

They just don't see it worth the effort in doing (hell gen 4's was pared back compared to gen 3 so was probably on their mind then too), and will probably never come back.
 

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Fanbase nostalgia is fickle, and ultimately what hurts a lot of remakes, official for reception, or fanmade for accuracy. The fanbase is far more likely to flanderize stuff too. And then the company either pisses them off in doing something different, or caters to the misnostalgia. Or (rarely) is faithful to intentions of the past devs
This. If they complained about how stale the franchise is, then why they ended up flanderize stuff even more often than even GF could do?

I saw too many of the problems too often for me to ignore, which include:
  • Exclusively using Gen 1 Pokémon, which may be understandable if it take place in Kanto, but still an aged aspect. It’s especially worse if it take place in “real life”. The same goes for excessive Gen 1 pandering in general, as well as excessive pandering to one other Generation.
  • Encouraging the fake difficulty (excessive level gap between the player and the NPCs which means excessive grinding, for exemple) or excessive tediousness in general.
  • Ideas that could completely throw off balance, like permanent Mega Evolution, woefully unbalanced Fakémon, Moves or Abilities, adding a new Type without rebalancing the type chart firsthand, giving something powerful and available before postgame to an already powerful Pokémon, etc. Likewise, we see little to no rebalance to pre-existing Pokémon in general to at least lightly tighten the power gap.
  • Fakémon with massive style-over-substance ratio. “Good design” can only carry you so far before the concept falls flat or become obnoxiously painful to deal with if you aren’t careful. Don’t get me started with single-stage Pokémon with weak stats!
  • Signature bloating. You know what I mean about this one.
  • Sometimes, a Fakédex with or without official Pokémon involved relies too much of common archetypes like Pika-Clones, Normal-type early route, Dragon-type Pseudo-Legendary, etc.
  • Flanderize an entire species, which is especially bad as far as some later Gen Pokémon are concerned.
That felt like two side of the same coin for different reasons, isn’t it?
 
Encouraging the fake difficulty (excessive level gap between the player and the NPCs which means excessive grinding, for exemple) or excessive tediousness in general.
Ooooh that's a pet peeve of mine.

The (perhaps harsh) reality is, it's impossible to have a truly hard Pokémon game. The moment you know your opponent's party is the moment they can be trivialized in some way or form. With so many species, there's no team composition without a hard counter (just ask the metagame). So what do they do instead? Artificially bloat playtime by adding a large gap between your current point and the point where the difficulty is reasonable.

If you can't make the game hard, don't try.
 

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