Sure, more access, more things to explore, more Pokemon available, is never a bad thing in my mind. If it adds on a few extra hours of gameplay then I am all for it.
But at the time when Gold and Silver came out, I remember beating the Johto Elite 4, credits rolling all that. And it returns me to the town and it's like oh let's go to Kanto now. My mind was blown, I thought that was the coolest thing ever, that I could go and defeat 8 more gyms. Then you tell me Blue is a gym leader and Red is this hardcore trainer who you have to travel to Mt. Moon to fight against. My 14 year old mind was like wow, this is the best game ever.
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