Overall, I like the Pokemon introduced in Gen 1 the best. Their designs are what originally drew me to the series (I was into the cards before the games). I started playing Pokemon because of Pokemon; not because of nostalgia.
But also I like a lot of the new designs too.
I...I just like Pokemon. Why can't that be all there is to it?
I agree. Gen 1 pokemon are almost all just fantasy designs of existing animals and mythical creatures. Poliwag is a cute little tadpole, Golduck is a bipedal platypus, Beedrill is a simple bee, even the legendary birds have simple designs, they are just birds with characteristics of their element. Gen 2 had the same philosophy with Pokemon like Stantler and Heracross. Since then the designs have gotten more more "badass" with spikes and scythes galore. Kriketune and Garchomp are the embodiment of poor design. Of course there are some good designs, such as Luxray, Sawsbuck, Scolipede and Camerupt among others, but the "average" has lowered. --- http://i47.tinypic.com/2me5xv.jpg
There were 151 Pokemon in the original Pokedex, you forgot Mew you jerk!
Seviper is meant to be a double trap. Avoid the fangs, and get the tail. There was an episode dedicated to this in the Anime, where Jessie's Seviper actually made a decent showing of itself.
Just because the reason isn't obvious, does not mean a trait has no purpose. Wiskers can be used to aid in sensing things, which is probably why Swalot has them. Also even in real life, creatures sometimes have traits mainly because it makes them attractive to others of their species. Plusle and Minun represent positive and negative electrical charges, as evidenced by their respective abilities.
Stars are associated with speed so, Garchomp's star was probably meant to aid in said aspect. I think it looks more like a scar personally though and that goes with the "tough" aspect. Palkia's actually among my favorites, the hard exterior might be associated with it surviving on a plane betweeen dimensions and dealing with rediculously strong forces.
Vanilluxe is a far better design than people give it credit for. It looks like Ice Cream by combining Icicles and Snow. The straw just adds a bit of humor to a whimsical design. It is a well managed fusion of three icey aspects. --- Badge Case [Time Badge] StrifeHart is my OTP. services performed at BSC: 2 Riley's Boyfriend on the BW2 boards. W2 FC: 3783 7001 3142
TC, what do you think about this? http://kotaku.com/5969098/pokemon-designs-arent-getting-worse-they-may-be-getting-better?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow --- Jogurt attacks! Inflicts 1 point of damage on the Goblin. Goblin is defeated! Jogurt gains experience. ...it appears that Jogurt's level has increased to 1.
TC, what do you think about this? http://kotaku.com/5969098/pokemon-designs-arent-getting-worse-they-may-be-getting-better?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow
I'll tell you what I think in the meantime. I think the person who created that article is rather insightful and understands that Pokemon design has not faltered through progression.
However, on the flip-side he is equally as biased as some other Pokemon fans, to the point of presenting opinion in a factual manner. So I would take this article with a grain of sand, so to speak.
It's not an understatement that myself as well as everyone else is biased toward certain Pokemon designs. But this guy labels certain Pokemon as either cool or lame, almost as if it's fact. Each Gen has its share of cool, strange and funny designs.
I think what's really important is that, in my opinion, GameFreak has stayed true to diversity when it comes to Pokemon design. I think the fact that there's never-ending arguments about which Gens had better designs is a testament to the consistent variety of Pokemon in every Generation so far. --- http://johnfenzel.typepad.com/john_fenzels_blog/images/checkmate.jpg