James Bishop writes in Spoony Bard column for TheGameReviews: "The question, then, is why do Pokémon games of all generations still manage to attract players in the numbers that they do? Nothing truly changes. My Mankey from my original Red save would be mostly the same as a Mankey from FireRed, albeit with a few bells and whistles added on. But it would still just be a Mankey. There's no great plot unraveled through any of the different generations of the game, Team Rocket comes and goes, Professor Oak's grandson is still a douche and your rival constantly steals from whatever professor gives you your first Pokémon."