Well the good news is, with the features that were put IN the game it seems like Gamefreak is listening to us more! So who knows, maybe in the future they'll take more suggestions and listen to the gamers on what to keep and what to trash.Yes. That's not a reason to roll over and accept it. It's a reason to be that much more outraged.
The difficulty option is a great example. There's absolutely no legitimate reason for them to have removed it. Changes can be rationalized when a feature is replaced with something else that basically does the same thing (like the DexNav and Hordes (which may not have been viable in SM because of performance?) for SOS chaining), but arbitrarily removing things just because they can is a total "fuck you" to fans.