So they didn't change the areas you explore in the main game or anything?
I think they got rid of the female Psychics though. Grrr...They also fixed a majority of the problems that the originals had. Namely the water routes having a seemingly reduced encounter rate, surfing being faster relative to the amount of water there is, and Sharpedo having doubled surfing speed on top of that. And even though it's still just a Pokemon game, they still fixed up the dumb inconsistencies in the plot.
The areas are actually somewhat refreshed though, even if they aren't changed much overall. Trainer locations and sometimes teams were changed up, and several dungeons are different (some are shorter though). Presentation of the game as a whole is wonderful though, there are so many nice battle backgrounds that are made solely for one area in the game so there's a lot of attention to detail.
You should be in contact with them during the relationship and not cut them out, that's my point. You shouldn't just expect to drift away from some because you'll have others, you should want to see and stay close to all of them during the relationship. Both friends and girlfriend/boyfriend are just as important as each other.