"Another Pokémon, another 40 hours of my life spent catching them all – but at least this time it’s because I wanted something to play on my glistening New 3DS, so that makes it okay, right guys? Guys?
While there are now five versions of what essentially amounts to the same game, split across the GBA and 3DS, it doesn’t really matter because the formula is so similar between games. It feels like Game Freak releases a slightly updated version of the same quest every few years – but you never really notice you’re beginning the same journey from pleb to Pokémon Master. That’s why Pokémon has retained its unprecedented popularity for 15 years, and shows no signs of slowing down."