For a while I always feel each new generation of pokemon was more ridiculous than the previous one. Why couldn't they retain the magic and charm of the earlier encarnations.

Eventually, seeing  kids playing and loving some of the new critters I despised I realized the problem isn't with them, but with me. I was past (way past) the game target audience, and this extended to the creatures design too.

You can be a child at heart for a while, but you see the world as one only once.