Ugh Pokemon used to be so cool once upon a time. What are these?
We grew up is what happened. I bet you would be saying the same thing if this gen's and gen 1 starters were flipped.
lol yeah I know, I'm mostly kidding.
The art isn't the same though. The simple, mostly-based on animal drawings are far different than the ones today. The animal vs. creature difference is the biggest stylistic change, but most pokemon really are just more friendly/cute looking than they used to be. If you don't believe me line up all the generations of cards and look at them yourself :D the difference is plain as day.
As I've grown I've started to default more to the water type starter, as fire pokemon are weirdly situational a lot of the time and not as useful as you would be led to believe, and grass pokemon tend to be the most common type. Water pokemon tend to be the sort of pokemon you have to go out of your way to capture, so I just default to the water type.
How can you not choose Froakie? Look at him. Also, I always find the early game way easier with a water starter.
My problem with the past few generations starter pokemon is that most of them look fine in their first form but evolve into something that looks way dumber. They should just keep things more simple.