Hmm, for me it was stellar in the TCG area since they launched it online. I think that was a huge step forward. Also, Pokemon launched Twitter and Facebook showing signs of hopefully better communication with their fanbase; definitely a step in the right direction. Aside from that however, I didn't enjoy the games as much this time, nor the stretch of design boundaries of the Pokemon themselves, the core foundation of the franchise. Nor did the anime leave many good impressions for a number of reasons. For that, I have to give this year a 2. As for next year, I am very unsure of what to expect. If Gamefreak's big surprise on January 8th proves to be big, its likely either gonna be 10, or -100.
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