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I would be way into Pokemon collecting if it didn't require buying into several other Pokemon products just to gain access to restricted species. Also, certain species can only be legitimately acquired at events in the physical world. Long story short, lawfully catching them all is virtually impossible, so why bother?
Those other parts of the game -- battles, leveling, beauty pageants, etc. -- aren't much fun for me. If I want to play a turn-based RPG, there are plenty of other options. So I personally would only approach a Pokemon game for the collector aspect, and that aspect has largely become unapproachable.