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Only thing I hate is that there's hardly anything fun to do in post game hoenn. Emerald is fine and I love emerald, but the only use R/S serves to me is immediately starting over after beating the elite four. Contests (pretty cool but feels tedious to win masters), Battle Tower (didn't know about game mechanics yet and hated it as a result), and Rayquaza/Lati. That's it. If gen 2 can win at anything, it's having a better start, regardless of how barren Kanto is.
I was around the Ruby boards when the game came out in Japan. It was very popular. The most major gripe I remember is people complaining about how the games were cut off from the originals. They wanted to use their old pokemon from Red/Blue/Yellow and couldn't and the fact that most pokemon from the kanto area were simply unavailable until Fire Red and Leaf Green came out.
Only as you grasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to only one drop in a limitless ocean.
The fact that Gen3 was the most expensive generation for a Pokemon fan to endure. It took SEVEN whole games, two of them remakes and two of them console-based spin-offs, to make every Pokemon available since nothing from the old games could be sent over.
*R/S - All Hoenn Pokemon, barely any Kanto/Johto Pokemon. *FR/LG - All Kanto Pokemon, plus about half of the Johto Pokemon. *Emerald - Almost all Hoenn Pokemon, plus the rest of the Johto Pokemon that wasn't in FR/LG. *Colosseum - Almost all Johto Pokemon, plus the Johto starters and Ho-Oh. *XD - Equal mix of Pokemon from all regions, but the only truly important one is Lugia.
Plus there's the cost of buying either a GameCube and transfer cable or a second GBA and link cable. Needless to say, GameFreak was laughing all the way to the bank on this generation.
You should have include "I don't hate the game", I love the game when I first got Ruby I beat the game with three different stater Treecko, Torchic( because of Blaziken), then on a new and current file Mudkip because it went missing and a friend gave me a new one and I start a new game on it (have a funky feeling he stole it and the gilt got him to give it back, because it feels like it is the same one). I still play it mow because two days ago I beat the pokemon contest and got my second star and now I am doing the battle tower, plus I went the effort to replace the game battery too bad it did not got rid of the berry glitch. Use to have Emerald but it went missing (probably the same person) I am trying to get a new one over amazon but I am nervous it could be fake like the one I got at a flee market. Plus a new GBA SP because I want to get rid of the berry glitch since I already have a gamelink cable. Plus Sapphire to complete the pokedex since only the Hoenn dex is needed for the forth star. And FRLG for Deoxys since I have Action Replay.
I don't exactly hate it, but I don't much care for it. The problem with the odd-numbered generations is that they have a lot of new ideas, but they aren't executed very well. Then the even-numbered gens come along and tweak all of the ideas that were introduced in the previous gen and make them better, fixing what was broken or didn't work as well and just generally making the game that much better. I love the 2nd and 4th gens, but don't much care for the 3rd and 5th. I never played the first, so I can't comment on it, but it sounds pretty awful in comparison to the current mechanics.
Anticipated games~ Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Layton vs. Gyakuten, Pikmin 3, Nintendoland