A report released last year from Club Nintendo, along with subsequent reports from the Japanese sales analyst group Media Create, revealed that the current age range of most Pokémon game players is 19-24.
According to Club Nintendo, this is a huge leap from the Gen 4 era, where the majority of players were in the 7-12 range. It seems the Pokémon audience has grown significantly, but the question at hand is this: will the franchise grow as well?
Now, I honestly have not seen too many children playing Pokémon games since around 2007. It's pretty clear the fans have grown up and taken a great hold on the series. Is it possibly time for GAME FREAK to let the Pokémon series mature? Should we expect more mature themes and imagery (apart from Dahlia's belly ring and Wallace's pelvis showing)? Is it even a good idea for the series to mature.
Personally, I think now is a better time than ever to see more mature themes. The characters in the newer games sure do seem to suggest an impending change, but I can't be too certain. Well, what do you folks think? Is it time for Pokémon to mature?