Here if you can read japanese. The interview was featured on some plastic bands as part of the early volume releases. It also features Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori, and even Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, recommending the Pokemon Adventures manga. Shigeru has proclaimed himself King of the Video Game World lol. He's not wrong.
What is even more amazing is people in English speaking forums still parroting something from that long ago to defend anything questionable that happens in Special, or anytime other mangas are brought up as comparison simply because English users won't stop referring to Special as "the manga"
The fact that 1 very ancient tongue in cheek fact is the only tool of argument used constantly seems to me like scraping at the bottom of the barrel
I have nothing against people here, you guys are cool and updated anyway, what I'm referring to here are clueless people in other random forums or sections who barely even read RGB chapter yet won't stop singing praises of Special
I always took that as the portrayal of the world being much more that of monsters fighting alongside traineRS in combat versus more pet-like with the anime while still having real time based combat that isn’t an abstraction of the games. Take Red's trip to the Safari Zone where he catchs/fights those Godzilla-sized Kaiju-looking Nidoking who are fighting over a Nidoqueen and almost gets eaten by a living venus flytrap, Victreebel and is kind of beaten up and battle-damaged after the affair because he broke the Safari Zone's rules and almost got himself killed as a result.