NONE, Dunsparce looks better
Shorts are just so comfortable.
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In fact, why are we discussing design of the past Gen starters here? this is a Speculation thread!
No Minimodding intended.
With that aside, I shall make my Gen II ----> Gen VI Point once again. I'm hoping the starters are all pure because BW was suppose to be a New Beginning, so then the Second Gen would have aspects brought back (and hopefully the pokeathelon, but that's besides the point) which could mean that the Full Form starters are All Pure. but I could be wrong. I just hope Fennekin doesn't have a secondary typing. Ninetales is pure fire but knows Psychic-type moves.
I have to say I like 70% at-least of any given generation, It's generally more than that buuut I'm not a fan of strange pokemon like sygiliph.
Who doesn't base everything off of the design? Competitive battlers? They don't know how to have fun.
I, personally, take nothing into account nothing BUT design when selecting members for my team.
Besides designs of the past gen pokemon is the only thing we have got going in terms of what to base our speculations on at this point. So there's that.
Ninetales is one of the reasons I don't want Fennekin to remain pure fire. We do not really need another pure fire type fox with a dominant psychic move-pool.
So the starters are just gonna be pure?
When it comes to me judging games, it's a mix of pokemon design and plot. In the case of gen I-III, it's was very design based for me. Crystal was my first game, so I had access to two regions and almost two generation of pokemon to experience with. For plot, it was very simple: Team Rocket stealing pokemon and committing crimes. It was good enough for my ten year old self. Gen III was the best in my opinion because the pokemon were well designed, new type combos were introduced (fighting/psychic, steel/psychic, etc.), the towns were interesting to visit (the floating town, the treehouse town...) and the storyline was different than the usual format. Gen IV was meh for me. It was a very bland experience for me. Team Galactic's plan didn't impress me nor did the pokemon designs stood out too much. I think the only reason why I went through with gen IV was because of HGSS, which was was pretty well made remake compared to Firered/Leafgreen. Gen V was a mixed bag. There were lots of pokemon designs I liked, but there were also a bunch I didn't like. It was the storyline that made me a fan of Black and White because Nintendo made you question if it was right to have pokemon under your command.
I can't say too much about XY because all we have for now are designs. We don't even know the gist of the plot. To speculate pokemon by looks is the best we can do at this point. I don't like to base games too much by starters because they're only a part of 100 new species of that generation. I'll just wait for Nintendo to leak out new information if they decide to for this generation.
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I just got into a heated argument with my sister over which Starter has the best design. She thinks Chespin and Froakie are better than Fennekin in that regard, which left me speechless. I mean I could understand liking Froakie's design more than Fennekin's, but Chespin's? It's so weird-looking that I didn't think my own flesh and blood would find it appealing. Anyway, she claims that Fennekin looks too much like Vulpix, which is such a tired argument to be honest. Why can't we appreciate a new Pokemon for what it has to offer instead of belittling it for looking too much like a previous Pokemon?
Ho-Oh and Xerneas, both have colorful/rainbow patterns on them. Lugia and Yveltal, both powerful birds and look alike. But we'll have to wait to see about the starters being pure types, and I can already see a second type for Chespin and maybe Froakie.
In regards to possible second typings in upcoming evolutions.
I: Blastoise is odd one out.
II: All Pokemon have just primary typing.
III: Sceptile is odd one out.
IV: All Pokemon have another type.
V: Emboar is the only one to have another type.
There is no apparent pattern, but any combination is possible.
The biggest trends with starters has been with fire types.
Charizard stats = Typhlosion stats; all additional fire starters up to Gen V develop Fighting second typing.
I feel that Fennekin will not follow the Fighting second typing, and may be more special based.
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Fennekin doesn't really remind me of Vulpix too much actually. Yeah they're both foxes, and Fennekin looks like a baby Ninetails, but we have no idea what it'll turn into. I always thought Vulpix and Ninetails were dogs. I think it was because of that one episode where Ninetails was a ghost in a mansion or something. And that Growlithe and Arcanine remind me of dogs as well, and that they were supposed to be like "brothers" ya know. Being the version exclusive and also having similar evolutions requirements.
Shorts are just so comfortable.
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I kinda hope the Gen6 goes further into the 'mixed bag' that you described Black and White/2 as. I wanna think Gen5 as a learning experience; the moralistic storyline was a standout trait, the surprise of a numbered sequel was (until I got to the Black Kyurem part) well received, they made very noticeable changes to the graphics to give a more 3D look, though they were far from perfect, the rather unusual Pokemon concepts gained mixed reviews (though I also feel it's due to the fact that you had no choice but to use them in BW1), and I like the way they made 3-on-3 battles, especially Rotation Battles.
I bet that's the reason why GenVI is coming out so soon, so they can take what they learned from GenV and apply it without wasting time on another major game. I expect nothing less than the most enhanced Pokemon games yet.
Fennekin looks better than Vulpix.That's that.
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The impression I got with Serperior was that it was supposed to have that back hand grab that most smug characters do to accentuate it's stuck up personality, kind of like this: http://www.gamehiker.com/wiki/images...150px-Adam.jpg
EVERYONE REMEMBER NINTENDO CONFIRMED ALL STARTERS ARE 1 TYPE!!! Not fighting fire fennekin etc....
As for froakie, it seems to be popular with Water/Fighting, but I'm not so sure. it seems like a /dark type, because we don't need another Grass/Dark, we have Shiftry. But, it would be easier to understand if we had a rough sketch of the secondary evos. No types, just rough sketches.
Everything else I can agree with.