Pokémon Red/Blue was great, I loved it right away and it is one of my favorite RPGs. My interest however got lower by every game that followed(not implying that the games were bad, just that I got tired of the franchise).
Originally Posted by OldManClayton Usually fads fade out, but Pokemon has hung on.
I don't think it's a fad, I think it's a really great game. In fact, Pokemon is the only RPG I like. All the other stuff, show, cards etc... only exist to milk more money out of the franchise (not that there's anything wrong with tha. Nintendo would be dumb not too).
The cards were actually what got me. I think more people played the card game where I lived, then anything else, honestly. So much so that they banned them from school because kids were stealing them from each other. I don't care what anyone says, Pokemon set the standard when it came to card games imho and so far nothing has beat it. (Except maybe Magic the Gathering... which I have to say, I too enjoyed a lot.)
my cousin actually went to toys r us every saturday to do their little pokemon card league thing to get badges n shit. and even THEN i thought, "man this is way over the top".
i have a complete set of pokemon base set cards. played through red blue and yellow with only 6 pokemon all level 100 (venesaur blastoise and charizard. and the three legendary birds. i swapped out the birds for various other 100's like mewtwo, pidgeot, and pikachu. i also had the 100+ pokemons that you used the cinnabar island cheat to get, where missing no. was. i had a 153 snorlax) i watched pokemon the movie and pokemon the movie 2000 (full of shame that second one was). so basically everything UP until the second set of 100 pokemon was amazing. they screwed it up after that. the story became convoluted and unfun and there were too many lackluster pokemon. quality before quantity, those bastards.
i never felt like it was psychic beat everything. i kicked so much ass in that game maybe i didnt notice.
it wasnt so much that it wasnt interesting its just that they marketed pokemon as 150 and "gotta catch em all" and when i finally did it was like "oh hey, theres more, you gotta catch em all....again", and the pokemon kept getting more and more unoriginal.
oh and ill be damned if they do that "name that pokemon!" thing during the commercials anymore. 450+ pokemon now. do they still even have a song that does all the pokemon? its rediculous. it became unnoriginal. i hate it when companies milk a franchise to death for money. there are SO few people who actually care about the consumer.
I never really tried to catch em all. I just liked making little unbreakable teams on paper so that no combination could beat them. I see your point though, it would be annoying to catch em all only to have 100 new ones made.