I need to rant, so here I go:
Pokemon has been milked for all its worth. I was really mad when they remade R/B/Y because I thought the old games were fine the way they were. But nooooo, they have to milk out all the money they can from the franchise. I swear to god, Nintendo has milked Pokemon for all its worth and more. When they start remaking games that can still run on the current systems, that's pretty sad. I mean, it's one thing if you remake an SNES game for the GBA because SNES isn't played often anymore, but R/B/Y can still be played on a GBA.
Or the show. Jesus tapdancing Christ. How long has that show been running? Ten years? The show lost its charm by the 2nd season and yet they're still milking it. Part of what makes things have success is when they end.
For instance, compare the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Of the two bands, who is remembered more? The Beatles, of course. Why? Because they broke up after a few years, and the Rolling Stones kept going. The Rolling Stones music was mediocre (in my opinion) when they started, and now their music is shit because they went on for too long. You can only have so many new ideas after a while after all.
Let's compare Final Fantasy to Pokemon. Final Fantasy has been a video game series even longer than Pokemon and has published about four times as many games. However, Final Fantasy is still running strong, while Pokemon is under scrutiny for losing its creativity. Why? Well, let's examine that. First off, Final Fantasy has a different concept every game. Some basic things are the same, like the battle system or some recurring characters like Cid, moogles, and chocobos. Pokemon is the same concept, over and over, with just new characters replacing some of the older ones. Now, where's the fun in that?
Believe me, I do enjoy Pokemon. R/B/Y and G/S/C were great, and I still enjoy playing them. But the other games just make me mad. Has anyone played Pokemon Channel? That's a G-R-E-A-T example of milking the franchise.
For those of you who don't know what Pokemon Channel is, I'll explain it for you. Pokemon Channel is a shitty game that was slapped together with little effort. You know what you do in it? YOU WATCH TV WITH PIKACHU. Oh my god, that's soooooooooooo exciting. Yeah, I always wanted to spend my time watching Squirtle sell items on TV, Slowpoke reporting on the weather and Smoochums doing a workout show. So anyway, this Pikachu appears at your house one day and insists on watching tv. There the game begins, and every day you have to watch tv with Pikachu. If you try going outside, Pikachu gets mad at you because it wants to watch more tv. What's really sad is the way you beat the game. You have to watch every single one of the tv shows and purchase a bunch of items.
Apparently Nintendo believed most Pokemon fans are braindead, bed-ridden, drooling vegetables who enjoy spending their money on crap like Pokemon Channel. I can't see any other explanation as to why they would publish such a terrible game. Had it been a stand-alone title with no connection to Pokemon, it would never have even been contemplated in the video game world. But because it had something to do with Pokemon, they shipped it off and expected it to sell. Hey, as long as the Pokemon label's on it, people will buy it, right?