They were awesome, and I loved them. Actually, I probably have some fan fiction based off of a new one somewhere. A few years ago there was work on a fan version, though it didn't get very far ahead of the planning. However, we did come up with a great title: Rise of Shadows. Anyways, for a long time, I've had my own idea for a plot that's pretty dark:
Cipher has successfully taken over Orre, and the hero, now 15 or so, was only two when it happened. The land is pretty dark, with several Shadow Pokémon now running in the wild. The hero works for ONBS, and one day while returning from a delivery a bunch of people are gathered by the chasm that used to be the Under. They say they heard some weird voices down there, and he decides to go down and investigate with his Lvl. 10 Pokémon. (No idea what it should be yet, though not Eevee.) He uses a harness to climb down the way they do in rock climbing, and finds a ghostly girl and an Eevee. The girl explains that during the first Shadow Incident, she was a member of the Kids Grid, though worked more directly than they did. When Wes and Rui when they used a Time Flute at the Ancient Relic to purify the final Shadow Pokémon, some rogue members of Cipher who had followed them attacked Celebi, and in its panic it sent everyone to some other time. She had been in the cave when it happened, and instead of being sent to another time, she'd been changed into a ghost-like girl. After that she went to the Under and fell into a coma-like state, but had recently woke up to find everything had changed. Her Eevee had been in its Poké Ball when it had happened, and while it isn't ghostly, it hasn't aged a day and can't evolve anymore. She convinces him to help take down Cipher, and they form a resistance with some of her friends, now in their 30's, and a little boy who is wanted by Cipher for some unknown reason. They decide the hero will be the main battler because he can naturally see Shadow Pokémon, and he is given a disguise so Cipher won't know who he is. Throughout the game, they recruit new members to help, and try to figure out a way to fix the girl and purify Pokémon, since Cipher has successfully captured Celebi and plan to make it a Shadow Pokémon. In the end, Celebi is made into a Shadow Pokémon in Agate, but the little boy and the ghostly girl's Eevee appear, and reveal that a future Celebi had chosen them to save it by giving them special abilities that would help them purify it. However, to do this, they must both sacrifice themselves and large number of people. The citizens of Agate and several of the resistance members had agreed to sacrifice themselves years ago, and everyone in the town with a special marking dies. Celebi is purified and Cipher is disbanded, but at the cost of several lives, including several allies. In an epilogue the ghostly girl is shown to have been restored to normal by Celebi, and she explains that she was originally going to be among the sacrifices, but because she had been ghostly at the time, she wasn't. She is sad that she no longer has her Eevee to keep her company, and that her friends all sacrificed themselves, but is glad it's over.
...Yet another idea that would make a good fan fic. All of my posts seem to inspire one lately.
Anyways, there are programmers on here, right? Well, if you really want one with a darker plot, maybe if enough people volunteer, we could make our own 2-D version. We'd need programmers, spriters, people to write the script, music composers, and a lot of other stuff, but maybe we could make it work. I participated in a GSC remake project a couple years ago that went pretty far. I think the problem was that there weren't enough programmers to make it. There are good programmers on here, though, and definitely enough spriters, so maybe we could actually make it. Of course, just an idea, and I doubt many of you will take it seriously. Most of my ideas are like that.