Those of us that have enjoyed the series since Red know an uncomfortable truth: Nintendo doesn’t have to do much to sell us on a Pokémon game. Millions of us had formative experiences playing the Gen I titles, and since then we’ve obediently picked up every game that followed. The series has, of course, evolved over time. Hundreds and hundreds of new Pokémon have joined the fray, along with new mechanics and types. But that’s all incidental — I would still enjoy the core loop of exploring, capturing and battling my way to a new Elite Four, regardless of the effort Nintendo puts in.