Since I'm relatively new here I'm not sure if this idea has ever been brought up but I'll give it a shot anyway.
Now 1 thing that everyone looks foward to seeing in every new generation is finding out what the designs of the new Pokemon look like. Everyone has different opinions on what they prefer. There will always be really good designs and also really bad designs. I always find the popular common criticism from old/former Pokemon fans that the newer designs will never match the coolness of the original Kanto and or Johto designs from the late 90s. I've heard it so many times that its actually kind of annoying now.
However this always raised a question for me. If some fans don't like the new designs why won't GF and Nintendo hold a worldwide contest? Let the fans design their own Pokemon to be featured in an upcoming game. This would give everyone a great chance to show their creativity and art design. I've seen countless fan-made Pokemon designs all over the Internet. I'm pretty sure these artists would love have their own fan-made Pokemon become a reality in a real game.
This is how I think the contest would go. It'd probably be somewhere from 2-5 winners overall. The decision making would go with 1 of 2 methods. The fans get to vote and decide what designs they like the best by voting or the developers themselves picks out the designs themselves. Or even better it would go both ways.
I think it would turn out to be a good idea because not only would fans be offered a chance to have something forever engraved in to the series they love but it will also bring them closer to the company then they already are. If it hasn't happened before its kind of a wonder to me. What do you folks think?