Anyone else besides me enjoyed the two shadow pokemon games for the Gamecube (Colosseum and )? Despite the linear format, I highly enjoyed the changes from the regular game, a more outlaw region, actually interesting main character, and some very difficult bosses.
Not Colosseum, no, because the Stadium series and so forth are just about battle with no exploration which is the heart of an RPG. But I did like Gale of Darkness, that one was much more engaging though limited compared to the handhelds' worlds. But the fact that they were able to do it that well means they ought to have been able to do something like that on the N64, a bigger, better one on the GC and even better one on the Wii. They just don't feel like putting the time and effort into it on anything but the handhelds. I would have loved being able to play them in a world that looked more like the anime show, with vibrant colors and more realistic character design.
Plus, those puzzle battles? What a cool concept! Almost like the duel puzzles in Yugioh games. The handhelds would have benefited from those being incorporated, wouldn't they? I mean, the other minigames are kind of lacking, at least in variety.