Pokemon International's JC Smith has said in a recent interview that this is not a reboot, this is an evolution. "There's never been a conscious decision to reboot, it's just a decision to try new things and express the world in a new way. There's always been an evolution of the look and feel; it just happens to be that we played Black and White, and Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Diamond and Pearl, and Platinum - all of those games on the same platform. So it feels like it's been a long time in the same way. But between the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and moving up into the DS now, it's always had that change."