And why would Game Freak think Electabuzz and Magmar would be overpowered when you can obtain the likes of Lucario and Arcanine extremely early?
Gee, I don't know... Maybe because you HAVE TO EVOLVE SOMETHING to get Lucario and Arcanine? Which is exactly what Elekid/Magby add to Electabuzz/Magmat? So you just argued against yourself.
*facedesk* No I didn't.
-With wild Magby and Elekid, you have to level them to level 30 to get it to evolve into a middle-stage Pokémon. Riolu only needs to leveled up at high happiness, and Growlithe evolves with the first Fire Stone you obtain. -With wild Magmar and Electabuzz, you can STILL HAVE Lucario earlier than either, and a full-evolved Arcanine not long after. And Magmar and Electabuzz still aren't fully-evolved and their evolutions are basically inferior to a lot of stuff when you finally do.
What was the point of having baby Magmar and Electabuzz in the first place? Exactly - none.
Lucario is still unlikely to be gotten that early. Happiness Evos take a while in-game if you aren't abusing the system (and they take a while in real time if you do), and you still need to do it during the day (not a big restriction albeit.)
So yes, it is the same, in that Riolu requires an evolution just like Magby and Elekid. Lucario is probably gotten earlier, but then honestly, I feel Riolu early in BW2 was sort of an apology after being a pain in the ass to get in Gen 4 from my recollection (unless Platinum fixed that? I remember Riolu in DP was latish and unevolved and yeah, Lucario didn't see much use as a result.) --- www.rpgdl.com The site Meeple argues at for too much of his life!
Because the game is about collection. The competitive battling thing is just something on the side. Granted the main objective to "complete" the game is to become regional champ, but the other objective is to complete your Pokedex, and the point is to give you more to collect. --- If you've no respect for the fact that people have put the time aside to play a game with you, play a single-player game. There are thousands to choose from.
I think one of the main reason pre-evos are disliked is that it lessens the chance for an evolution that could give the line more ability to be useful in battle. This more a problem on lines that already had two mons.
Take the Jigglypuff line. It would have benefitted a lot from an evo as opposed to Igglybuff. now, even if it does get a split evo, they will most likely want it not to eclipse Wigglytuff and it will most likely share Tuff's terribad stat total.
Most of the babies get Charm, where their fully evolved form does not.
Also, some of the "babies" can get passed moves that the fully evolved form can not (Budew can get passed Extrasensory while Roselia cannot, Happiny gets Last Resort while Chansey cannot) --- Skyrim is the girl who keeps breaking my heart, yet is so hot I still keep coming back on the chance I may get to sleep with her again. - Spurner