So you are saying that it took them seven years to realize they could completely reboot the visual style and rework much of the gameplay, adding new stuff and tweaking the rest? Really? It took them that long to start to really do something new with game when they've had this hardware since 2004? If that is the case, the developers aren't as smart as I gave them credit for, especially since not fully utilizing the DS's capabilities has been a common criticism since D/P's release. Not to mention, I'm sure the developers play other DS games, and there are plenty of games on the DS that utilize the DS better than Game Freak has with Pokemon. Did they just not connect the obvious dots ("If they can do it, we can too.")?
I think they are shrewd. I think they know exactly what they are doing, from top to bottom. When you work for a big company, be it in video games or the film industry or the music industry, you typically have to let go of some creative freedoms. In this case, I'd say holding back features to extend the life of the series is something they had to do.
And my disappointment with recent installments of Pokemon comes from the games being stale. It comes from them not changing enough. They've tweaked the formula a little but the game is essentially the same it was when it debuted:
Originally Posted by Black & White; first impressions / YeOldeJacob