I'm kind of nervous about participating in the Dtoid Pokemon tournament later. It never feels great to get swept easily under the rug by some obscure set up sweeper. That's the thing about the new generation of Pokemon. It's impossible to prepare yourself out of 650 possible threats. Much less when you consider the not fully evolved Pokemon but still, there's only so much you can do with a team. I've only just now finished what I think is my balanced team which isn't my themed rain dance or sunny day team. I'm still nervous because the sudden appearance of a hypnosis Gengar or a set up Mega Mawile would screw me over royally.
It's worth noting that Pokemon X and Y have been out for over two months and yet in one week, the metagame we've been playing with for these few months will be shaken up fresh again when Pokebank drops. Pokebank, to me, is slowly growing as a bigger and bigger deal as the date grows closer. I have Pokemon that date back to Emerald version. Pokemon that date back to 8 years can be transferred to this new 3D generation of Pokemon. Even for a pessimist, that's bits of data that's 8-years-old! I have essays that old sitting in my hard drive! I still have the shiny Rhyhorn I caught back in Emerald version's safari zone. When by all accounts such a rare find would have fled in the goddamn safari zone, I still managed to catch it! It's now a Rhyperior, a bipedal, albino, rhino, sitting in my Pokemon Black card after jumping games through various transfer methods for over 8 years. It first transferred after plugging Emerald into a DS to Pokemon Diamond. Then it transferred again with the help of my girlfriend's DS to wirelessly transfer from Diamond to Black. And in a week with Pokebank, this albino rhino who could will finally enter the 3D world in all its shiny glory!
I think that's an important facet to Pokemon that naysayers and doom gloomers need to remember about Pokemon's success, especially when compared to other monster franchises. Long time trainers have a long time connection to their particular mons. Past the thought that you're attached to Pokemon you've taken through one game's story mode, almost every game since Gold/Silver has allowed to you continue using your progressively older and experience and used Pokemon. I have a friend who had his 3DS stolen, which was carrying his copy of Pokemon Y which had Pokemon that dated back to the original Pokemon Red version! I have quite a few cherished Pokemon dating back quite a ways too. Of course, I still come back to my greatest shame of accidentally deleting a stash of Pokemon that were stuck on my Pokemon Ranch on Wii before I sold it to someone on eBay. I'm pretty sure I lost my one and only Ho-oh and the Latios twins.
R.I.P. 2005 - 2007
Of course, Pokebank will be around for all future Pokemon games, especially the predicted Pokemon Z. And Pokebank will allow us to more easily transfer Pokemon to newer games and generations and for that, I'll be happy. Every transfer method before had utilized multiple handheld systems but now Pokebank will let us do it easily by ourselves.
Well, I also have a shiny Roserade but her stats are weird.