You're in the Pokémon world and its 2013. With recent technological developments, you can be connected to the internet anywhere in the world, with access to Facebook, YouTube, and of course, your PC Box. Trainers wouldn't have to travel to the Pokémon Center to reach their team anymore- they could just press a button on their internet-connected Smart Pokédex and bob's-yer-uncle, Swampert and Charizard are there to help, no need for faffing with Pokéballs or PCs.
Do you think the world of Pokémon needs a tune-up? Let's face it, if magical creatures that could be digitally transferred to a storage system in real life, we probably wouldn't need to carry around red and white tennis balls to keep them in.
I know such a change to the formula would be outrageous throughout the fanbase (and I certainly wouldn't like it), but it's just fun to postulate these ideas. My questions are thus:
If Pokémon existed in the real world, how would they be handled, and would we need Pokéballs?
Should developments in the real world affect the game mechanics we take for granted?