Pokemon has no doubt gotten strange at certain points, but it is getting better.
I'm a major Gen I fan as well (been playing the games since '98). I've never liked Gen 3 or 4 at all (with the exception of the remakes, this is where I believe Pokemon went a bit "too" crazy.) It's getting slowly better with Gen 5, and these games remind me more of the originals. Decent starters, a brand new, fresh storyline. Everything about this generation is great! Although I must agree about the whole "forme" thing. Never really understood the reasoning behind it. But Kyurem looks good in my opinion. Hopefully Pokemon continues to get better in the future.
Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Unova Champion
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