Mike Cosimano of Video Game Choo Choo writes: "Pokémon just refuses to change, as Nintendo franchises are wont to do these days. Major improvements will never be made, but changes will be made around the periphery to cause just enough discussion amongst fans, press, and the gaming public. When criticizing a modern Nintendo game, take it on faith that unless a major switchup has occurred, the game is perfectly acceptable. It’s the small changes that matter: is this solid core supported correctly? Pokemon Y is certainly a good example of a quality present-day Nintendo title, but that only makes the bad decisions truly baffling."