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You're right that they could get pretty good mileage out of reusing the pokemon across several games. But the downside of that is that you are then beholden to the quality and capability of those models going forward. Ten years from now they might want something better than 3DS-quality pokemon and then what? Redo 1500 pokemon. And that still doesn't address the balance issue. I happen to agree with them that this decision was inevitable.