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So I thought I was done reading these Genwunner articles, but since one was from one of my favorite sites-Mashable- I decided to take a look. They published I'd like to take a look at his reasoning behind why the original 151 Pokémon are the best:

It may sound like the hazy veil of nostalgia is blinding me from all things great about the following generations of games. But to me, the original 151 Pokémon are — and always will be — the best.

Now I know you may not agree, and that’s fine. But you’re wrong. Here’s why:

Great way to start the article! Calling an opinion wrong! I don't agree, so I guess in his logic I am wrong. Deep Sigh.

With the release of Pokémon X and Y, a sixth generation of Pokémon will join the others, bringing the total number of creatures to more than 600!

Who can keep track of 600+ characters? I can’t even remember where I left my keys, let alone the eight (!!!) evolutions of an Eevee. Even with the 16GB Pokédex, you won’t have enough memory to catch them all.

There is actually enough room to catch them all. I embrace the new pokemon each generation. What would be the point of buying a new game without new pokemon? People would get tired of them, and each pokemon game would feel just like the last one. Frankly, 151 just weren't enough. I imagine EVERY kid was really excited when Gold and Silver came out and they got to catch even more pokemon AND bring over their older ones. Not only that, but it gives the game a better sense of adventure and re-playability. You think your adventure is over when you beat the Champion? Nope, you get to catch them all now. You get to go to every single section of the region to find every last pokemon to complete your pokedex. You get to trade with your friends to get even more. It brings a huge sense of pride to complete the pokedex, and you'll have even more pride when you catch 700+ pokemon. You're adventure will seemingly never end, and I believe that's what make the pokemon games so compelling.

Later starter Pokémon are basically knockoffs of Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

Umm..No they aren't. While some may look a little similar(perhaps Bulbasaur and Turtwig) they all have distinct typing, design and movepool. Just look at this:


Do they all look the same? No, no they don't. They're all different.

Then he says the newer designs are terrible in comparison to the older ones. He points at Ludicolo, Probopass, Garbodor and Vanillite. Yet he doesn't mention Grimer, Muk, Jynx, Voltorb, Electrode, Mr. Mime, ect. Moving on...

The first generation cards are way more valuable.
That's just common sense. Older things are worth more. Does that mean they are better? No, not at all. I can't even believe this is on the list, it does NOT show how the original 151 are better and shows the mediocrity of the author.

Stand in front of the door to the Underground Path on Route 8. Walk down one step (only one step!), and immediately press start. Fly to Cerulean City, and cross the Nugget Bridge until you find a trainer with the Slowpoke — but don’t actually approach him, or your game will glitch!

Defeat the trainer, find the treasure map, climb the astro crag, open the door to the shrine of the silver monkey … wait, what was I doing again?

Catching a mew is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. The harder to get, the better to have.

Umm...So cheating to catch a Mew is a huge achievement now? All the other pokemon after the originals are terrible because of the Mew Glitch? C'mon, seriously? Trying to catch a Raikou is so much harder to do than getting a Mew. Raikou actually isn't in a stationary position and you have to HUNT it down. And once you're in a battle they flee. Catching a Raikou, Entei or Suicune is SO much more satisfying than getting a Mew through a glitch. Other generations had harder to get pokemon too. And I hope this guy knew that there were Mew giveaways at retailers such as Toys R Us.

All of the greatest Pokémon games on Nintendo 64 were created from the original generation. In fact, Pokémon Snap was even more exclusive — it only had 63 out of the 151 Pokémon. There were never any Guilavas. Instead, there was a surfing Pikachu and dancing Chamanders. Not to mention the thrill of going to your local Blockbuster, and printing your perfectly-framed photos.

There was also Pokémon Stadium, which was a huge success and later turned into a series of its own. To be fair, those did include newer generations of Pokémon. However, they stemmed from the first game, which exclusively featured the original 151.

The characters in Pokémon Puzzle League were purely for cosmetic reasons, though it's worth mentioning that the only species included were — yep, you guessed it — the OG Pokémon.

Let's not forget about Hey You, Pikachu!, which leads to my final point ...

This is just pure nonsense. The original spin offs were great, but the next ones were better. Pokemon Colosseum and XD: Gale of Darkness(third generation spin offs) were undoubtedly the BEST spin off pokemon games EVER. We also got Pokemon Conquest, which was amazing. Add Pokemon Rumble, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Pokemon Ranger and you'll see how great the later Pokemon spin offs are.

Pikachu is, without a doubt, the most popular Pokémon, and widely regarded as the official mascot of the entire Pokémon franchise. It has its own game, endless amounts of merchandise and Ash Ketchum's heart. Pikachu was even painted on a Boeing 747!

Your love for Pikachu actually helps it grow, as it thrives off your friendship. It is the perfect Pokémon in every way: It's adorable, but a fierce fighter, as well as loyal and independent.

And you know what generation Pikachu is from? Surprise, surprise — the original 151.

I have nothing to say to this, its just that ridiculous. Of course the mascot will be a Gen 1 pokemon! If it wasn't, then there would be now mascot in the beginning!

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  1. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
    I'm hoping that article's a joke. It's probably not but that's the internet for you...

    I gave up when the author failed to realize what Ludicolo and Probopass are supposed to be. Sheltered idiot.
  2. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
    Also, the method to catch Mew was discovered long after Gen 1 came out. Nobody did that when they were young. Nobody knew.
  3. Aamir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger Jack Walker
    Also, the method to catch Mew was discovered long after Gen 1 came out. Nobody did that when they were young. Nobody knew.
    Really? Wow, so this whole article really is a load of BS
  4. Infinity Mk-II's Avatar
    I'd like to say something, but... no. That article is just so wrong and stupid on so many levels, I can hardly even acknowledge it being written.

    Like I got to the part of the glitch and just... welp no I'm done


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