Are New Legendaries Any Less "Legendary?"
by, 19th March 2012 at 12:25 AM (215 Views)
Something I see that gets brought up a lot when bashing newer games is the status of legendary Pokemon. "There's too many of them" and "they're not legendary any more because everyone has them" are the most common things I see.
I'd just like to give my two cents on this topic. Please note that I love all Pokemon equally and anything negative I say about any Pokemon is simply for the sake of the argument.
When people say that there's "like, 20 legendaries, so everyone has them," I feel they really don't realize what they're saying. In RGBY, you had Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo. The legendary birds had no backstory--they were simply stronger than the average Pokemon. They were also catchable before the story ended. So it's safe to assume that basically everyone who played the game caught those Pokemon. After you beat the game, what was there to do? Catch Mewtwo. That was it. And considering Mewtwo's popularity, why wouldn't dedicated players catch it? So it's also safe to assume that almost everyone who played the game caught Mewtwo.
Now let's jump to the present. Specifically, HGSS. BW have a lot of legendaries, but HGSS have more to catch in-game. After you beat the game, who can you catch? Assuming you've already caught Entei, Raikou, and your mascot during the story, now you have: Suicune, opposite mascot, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Latios/Latias...this same thing applies to DPP.
Everyone had Mewtwo. Not everyone has a Heatran. Or a Cresselia. Or a Virizion.
Even if you ignore the fact that now legendaries all have stories behind them, how can you say that "everyone has them" is a good argument against them, when everyone had Mewtwo? Having less legendaries in-game just makes them easier to get. Having more actually makes the challenge of obtaining them even greater, which totally destroys their argument.
So, that's pretty much my opinion on that. I don't think there should be any more than 15 legendaries introduced in a generation, but I also don't think that just because there are a lot introduced that they're all of a sudden worthless or any less "legendary."
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