After a brief hiatus to review PokÃ©mon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Individual Values returns! Welcome to the third week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday morning.
I think what I“m about to write will produce a variety of opinions, if this lengthy, passionate, curse-word-heavy Twitter thread is any indication. In order to properly explain, a little exposition is necessary. For those of you who don“t already know, I jump on the airwaves with GP Writer WildCardCorsair and one or two other buddies every single week. Being that I“m part of the show, PokÃ©mon talk is definitely a regular occurrence.
To make a long story short, WildCard put forth the idea that the PokÃ©mon from Black & White had better designs than the First Generation. I took our on-air argument to Twitter, and everything spiraled from there. Since a single tweet yielded over a hundred (sometimes heated) replies, I“ve decided it“s time to talk PokÃ©mon designs on Individual Values.
Does everyone with strong (or even not-so-strong) ties to PokÃ©mon as a series have a favorite Generation? Do you prefer the first 151? Do you like PokÃ©mon found in the Kalos region (PokÃ©mon X&Y) more than any of the others, for whatever reason? How big of a role does nostalgia play in what winds up being our favorite PokÃ©mon designs? These are the questions I“m hoping to tackle in the next little bit, and in your responses to this piece.
As I mentioned back in the inaugural Individual Values piece, the reason I“m so dedicated to PokÃ©mon today is because it“s something my girlfriend of nine years and I can experience together. But, if you go back in time a good ten or fifteen years, long before my one and only relationship... there was actually a brief period of time where I took a break from PokÃ©mon growing up. I actually skipped Gold, Silver and Crystal, as well as Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald during their time of release. When I did make a return to the series, I did so in order. The designs of PokÃ©mon native to the Johto region (152-251) felt natural, to me. But I found the Hoenn designs (252-386) incredibly jarring at first. Eventually, they grew on me. But I always pondered why that was the case.
Why do certain PokÃ©mon designs feel natural, while others have to grow on you? Surely I can“t be the only one who feels this way about the designs of a particular Generation. If I“m being completely honest, the Black & White PokÃ©mon designs still haven“t grown on me. I find many of them to be cheap imitations of the First Generation (Swoobat? Zubat? C“mon), or wholly unnecessary (Vanilluxe). While I like the most recent Generation just fine (with notable exceptions like Klefki making me arch my eyebrow), I can definitely say that I have a least favorite Generation when I start talking about the Unova region“s PokÃ©mon.
Rather than go on and on, I“m going to leave the discussion to you all. Which Generation of PokÃ©mon do you feel have the best or worst designs, and why? Do you have any responses to the questions that bounced around in my head as I was writing this piece? Be sure to share your thoughts!