That's a great list! I think so more things we can expect though is following Pokémon (sorry I k kw you don't like it) mostly because we know they have all the models already. I think we're going to get a fossil park thats like a safari zone where we can catch fossil Pokémon in the wild (the fossil guy DOES say in SuMo that's what he wants to build. Could be like a Jurassic Park reference though.) I think they'll also release the Hidden Abilities of the starter Pokémon in some way. For some reason, I also think we're likely to get another random mini island for Pelego just cause, and maybe another ride Pokémon.
I too hope or the national Dex to return, as well as some better training options (or at least make Pelego's level up feature much better). I'd really love to see a battle frontier, that would add SO much to the past game. Literally give hours of additional play, and it's optional for those who don't like it! I also would love contests to come back (don't see that happening at all) and some kind of room decorating feature to return (also don't see that happening). I just get kinda tired of wandering Pokémon regions all homeless. (I mean, we technically still have a house with our mom, but like, I saved the world and beat the champion. I don't wanna move back in with Mom XD).
As said, I'm okay with the following Pokemon if it is optional. If it isn't... I'm not sure how I'll do. I really don't want to skip those games but I don't want to play them and be annoyed all the time either.
I agree about the Fossil Dream Park. That was one idea I had for a S/M followup as well, but I forgot about it in my list yesterday. It would be really cool if we could catch all Fossil Pokemon in the wild, maybe with their HAs as well? I also want to see some currently unreleased Hidden Abilities and maybe some way to make it easier to get some that are currently hard to get. Releasing the Hoenn, Sinnoh and Alola starters with their HAs would be very welcome. The same goes for making it easier to get the Johto and Unova starters with their HAs.
I'm not sure if we'll see a Battle Frontier, (I don't think so after what they said about it being absent from OR/AS), but some other Facilities to go along with the Tree, like how B2/W2 had the PWT and Black Tower/White Treehollow, is something I hope for. I don't think contests will return, but some kind of other minigame would be great to have. A place to decorate would be cool too, maybe like the villa in Platinum, or Secret Bases? I'm all for it.
Do you all actually enjoy the tedious process of filling up a National Dex repeatedly? (Not to say that this opinion is wrong by any means, but I personally don't understand it.) I for one was very tired of proving that I could collect every Pokemon over and over again just so I can start shiny hunting. I think that GF addressed this issue in S/M by moving the National Dex to Bank. It's one of my favorite changes that gen 7 brought to the table.
I do. I have generally always liked completing the National Pokedex, the sole exception would be HG/SS because of their awful training spots. Completing the National Dex in them was the least fun I have ever had completing a Pokedex, it took me five years from when I got the games to when I finally got around to doing it. In comparison, I have completed the National Dex within a year from when I got the game for all other games. In general, I have found it more enjoyable to complete the Dex if the games have good training spots and good Pokemon availability. Gen 5 and 6 were the best regarding this for me, completing the Pokedex in them was so much fun! They are also my two favorite generations overall. I have almost never gotten tired of it (again, HG/SS as said above are the one exception). So in a way, S/M having both the National Dex and a lack of training spots would be a bad combination, I hope US/UM can adress both of these problems.
Another user mentioned one more thing I like about having the National Dex in the actual games as opposed to Bank, and that is the fact that you can then view the model of every Pokemon within the game itself instead of just on Bank (which doesn't even have the models, just images). Currently, if I want to look up any Pokemon that's not in the Alola Dex and that I don't have on my games, I have to either connect to Bank or go back to Gen 6, which is a bit annoying. As for the awards for completing the Dex, I don't care much, just working on the Dex is more fun. Though, the diplomas can be fun to look at, and they feel like a great proof of your accomplishment.
That's just how I feel though. If you disagree, then that's completely okay with me.