Pokémon: 10 Unpopular Opinions About the Series, According to Reddit – Screen Rant
There have been a lot of fan opinions about the directions the Pokémon franchise has taken over the years. Some are more unpopular than others.
Fans have spent decades exploring the regions of Pokémon and discovering the unique creatures that populate the world. After finding hundreds of Pokémon and exploring nearly a dozen areas, fans have developed a shared consensus about what’s universally loved and what’s tolerated within the world of Pokémon.
But, with Pokémon, as with every other franchise, some fans may not necessarily agree with the consensus. While their opinions are unpopular, some of them make a lot of sense.
While many fans adore the Pokémon games in part due to nostalgia for the old Gen 1 Pokémon, other fans wish another game would shed some of the connections to those classic Pokémon. “Part of the fun of Pokemon is discovering new ones, and undertaking new adventures with them!” says Reddit user JackMiHoff113.
While having old Pokémon in the games doesn’t necessarily prevent users from adding new fighters to their roster, there is something to be said for a game with only new Pokémon to collect. It adds additional incentive to explore new varieties and learn more about each region’s unique selection.
Many Pokémon players enjoy the nickname feature, as it allows them to connect with their new captures and feel a bit more emotionally invested in them. It also adds some realism to the game, as it isn’t as if people in the real world don’t name their pets — even if they’re working animals. It also helps to clean up some of the lazier Pokémon names.
But some Reddit users disagree. “I do not feel “more connected” to a Pokémon by giving it nicknames, actually the text about where I originally found it and the memories I had subsequently are more than enough to me,” says KaRoU23. While it’s a personal preference, the ability to nickname Pokémon isn’t necessarily hurting anyone, so it’s likely the feature will always remain in the series.
While most Pokémon fans pick up the games in the hopes of discovering new creatures and taking on some of the best Gym Leaders in the franchise, others have an entirely different role in mind for their companions.
“I prefer the idea of turning Pokémon into stars to turning them into fighters,” says Reddit user DEnigma7. The Pokémon contests are a perfect opportunity to do it, and some fans persevere through other sections of the games just to get to the contests. While they weren’t the intent of the series, it is fun to know that everyone can get something different out of the franchise.
With so many different games, there has been a lot of development for the Pokémon franchise through the years. But some fans believe that one element — the anime series — destroyed the games. “When I first played Pokémon Blue before having ever seen the anime, the Pokémon world had a very different, almost creepy vibe to it,” says mrplow8. “The creatures seemed like monsters rather than cuddly pats or cutesy mascots.”
While the anime did serve young fans of the franchise and presented a much more family-focused atmosphere than the original games did, the series still retains a few of the dark and mysterious elements that have kept fans enthralled for years. After all, Mimikyu alone is terrifying.
Part of the fun of the Pokémon game is discovering new Legendary Pokémon that players can use in the late stages of the game. Each has different and powerful abilities that help to flesh out the series and bring an air of the fantastical to the series. Still, after so many years, there are a lot of them.
“Legendary Pokémon should be hard to get, higher levels and limited to three/four different ones per game,” says Jamesyroo on Reddit. “There are far too many in the games (mainly the newer ones) and they’re too easy to catch.” Indeed, getting the best Legendary Pokémon shouldn’t be easy. Still, having more Legendary Pokémon doesn’t mean you need to chase down all of them unless you are taking “Gotta catch ’em all” a bit too seriously.
While Pokémon is a game that requires grinding out levels and scurrying through tall grasses to find and capture the best Pokémon, some fans find that the grind takes away from the strengths of the series. “Grinding is not fun at all,” says Reddit user HenryChess. “I would prefer a Pokémon game where it’s showdown but with a story.”
The problem is that, based on the basic design of Pokémon, if fans want to become a top Pokémon/trainer pair, grinding is a necessary part of the game. Without it, the balance of the franchise would be completely thrown off. So, while it is regrettable that so much of the game is a basic grind, that’s also a pretty fun part of the experience for most fans and much of what keeps players coming back.
Though Pokémon is often regarded as a family-friendly franchise most often played by children, many adult fans want more out of the series. Namely, a darker plot.
“Pokémon could adopt a more serious storyline, as seen in Colosseum and Gales of Darkness,” says Reddit user FrenchBoguett. “Heck, we could even get more spin-offs like this on Switch by now.” For some adult fans, this is a sticking point. But, for most fans of the franchise, the current storylines and plots are suitable enough as is. After all, nostalgia plays a big role in many fans’ love of the series, so having storylines that feel comfortable and familiar is good enough for most.
The most iconic Pokémon in the series, Pikachu, is best known for refusing to live inside Ash Ketchum’s pokéballs. Instead, Pikachu wandered the world at Ash’s side, content to explore at will instead of staying cooped up all day.
But, while the anime is notorious for having Pokémon living outside of pokéballs, some fans don’t like to see it in the games. “I find my Pokémon walking around in the world with me pointless and annoying,” says Reddit user Benjie992. In truth, it can be a problem at times. When Pokémon get in the way of their trainers, wandering Pokémon can turn into a hassle, which makes this user’s frustration understandable. Still, it’s always fun to see Pokémon chasing down their trainers whenever they can.
The National Pokédex was a Pokédex with the ability to keep track of all Pokémon that had been revealed throughout the series. While some fans mourned the loss of the Dex, once it was removed from the series, others saw the bright side of the move.
“For one the amount of total Pokémon will keep increasing and it’s not about reusing previous game models it’s that having every Pokémon in each game is not efficient,” says Reddit user CreativeOverload. “Secondly it forces us to try out and fall in love with new Pokémon and will indirectly make sure that each Pokémon is designed well in each game.” It is a great way to look at it, and it does encourage fans to track down new Pokémon. Still, it was extremely disappointing to see that it is no longer possible to try to catch ’em all.
Hidden Moves, or HMs, were Pokémon moves that could be found on collectible discs throughout the series. These discs gave players the ability to use certain Pokémon moves even outside of battle, and they could only be found by completing certain tasks or by discovery.
While most fans thought that they were a bit overwhelming at times, some fans loved them. “They were poorly balanced in probably most games, especially Gen 4, but their removal has made the “adventure” aspects of the game practically non-existent,” says Redditor pinelotiile. It’s a good point since many fans surveyed underutilized portions of the map just to track down HMs. Without it, there just isn’t any incentive to search anymore.
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