I think the new starters look kinda cute. But the region being a vertical strip tells me these games will be just as linear as the series has been lately.
Unfortunately, I have a chronic problem finishing Pokemon games. It's just too similar for me to last even a single playthrough. I really don't understand friends of mine who have been playing religiously for 20+ years and can still be hungry for more.
Jurassic Park. Yeah, it's a cool moment on its own. But the first T. Rex scene is excellent with the huge footsteps and the cup of water shaking. You know the thing is coming. But somehow, it develops the ability to go completely unseen and unheard in the climax for a deus ex machina. It's a huge inconsistency. Then they get on the helicopter and go "That was crazy!", and credits roll. They went for spectacle over logic for that ending.
@frostyryan: Yep, they just renamed it for the rerelease. Playing Mother 1 isn't really required since it's less refined and barely connected to the other games. Still cool that it finally came out, though.
I used to pre-order more often when Amazon offered discounts for doing so. They've since taken that away, so it's back to scrounging around for deals on pre-owned stuff. I did pre-load Smash Bros. Ultimate since I figured the eshop would have a lot of traffic when it came out.
If you know the game's your thing, I think pre-ordering is totally reasonable. Maybe I just need a big letdown to change my mind.