"The September 15th 2006 issue of Famitsu Weekly features an interview about the upcoming Pokemon Diamond and Pearl with former Company Director of Creatures, Tsunekazu Ishihara. Ishihara is also known as the father of the Pokemon series who now works with Satoshi Tajiri from Game Freaks."
I thought this was interesting and worth bringing up for discussion. From the sounds of it, Diamond and Pearl are going to introduce at least 150 brand new Pokemon. There's also mention of various new evolutions for older Pokemon, so the chances of more existing, aside from those revealed, are high.Compared to the Red and Green versions, there are a greater number of Pokemon appearing in these new titles so I want people to be able to collect them all. Red and Green had 151 Pokemon while in Gold and Silver 100 more were added and following that, Ruby and Sapphire ended up with more than 380 different Pokemon. This time I'm planning to include even more Pokemon in these new titles. Starting out with new Pokemon, you'll be able to give old Pokemon a variety of evolutions by using the wireless link feature a lot. One moment you might be wondering, "Can this one evolve?" but then the next moment you'll find yourself surprised and saying, "So that's how you evolve it!"
I'm all for the introduction of a large number of new Pokemon. More than even the first generation introduced. Here's hoping for a number closer to 200 if not 200.