Being 30, I feel like I just missed Pokemon. Never watched the show, never played a game. Thing is, I love JRPGs, especially on handhelds, and I'm always on the lookout for more. I'm playing SMT:IV right now.
So I've got no nostalgia for the world, and I could only name a couple Pokemon, including Pikachu. I guess my question is, is the JRPG aspect strong enough for someone like me to get into? The astetic doesn't really grab me, but I love digging into mechanics.
I'd say give it a try. If you like lots of options for party members and team building you are definitely in luck. If you like leveling up and growing you're in luck also.
The mechanics are simple yet deep. If you're looking to play competitively then you'll definitely get into all the nitty gritty details of the mechanics. Just playing the story you'll want to make a balenced and varied team that is prepared to face any challenge.
I'm not sure I'm helping. I don't know very much about you TC so I'm just throwing out whatever comes to mind. Pokemon is a very addicting series so like I said, give it a go and see how you like it. Unfortunately Pokemon games never lower in value so you can't really find an older cheap game to try the series out with. But any of the DS or 3DS games should be a fine starting place. Go ahead and start with X and Y if you like. I will say that as a longtime fan I personally think SoulSilver/HeartGold were the best games in the series.
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