- The new types; everyone knows dark is the best type.
- You could get both legendaries on one cart without trading.
- An entire second region to go through, so it’s two games in one!
- Get this, a natural difficulty curve. Must be crazy to imagine, I know.
- Every town in-game had a dungeon or something you could go through: more content.
- The region has a cool aesthetic with a Sengoku-influenced theme, it culminates in Ecrutek.
- To finish it off, the plot is centred around the the Mons themselves instead of some lame evil team.
In fact, the Mons in general were awesome. You had all the highlights from G1 - plus Scizor, Tyranitar, Umbreon and Espeon: you name it. The remakes even had the cool G3 and 4 Pokemon available, which means you could get all the best Mons in the best region - good going!
Oh, and the music is the best in any Pokemon game, period. Even the game corner theme rocks.
Speaking of music, let’s not forget the rival theme
- as well as the rival himself, who was a total git and all the better for it.
You actually had motivation to fight the guy, in other words, the character was memorable.
In a word, that sums up this region in the end. Memorable.
It was the only case of a Pokémon sequel making such a huge jump in scope from the previous game; it offered the most character and personality to boot.
There have been more refined Pokémon games since, but at the end of the day, they’ve all been copying off Johto's tests at school to get by.
It’s ongoing and you may be a part of it.