From the trailer it seems someone's trying to bring 'adventure' back into Pokemon, hope it doesn't stop here. I agree on the multiple paths, but mostly I would just like to travel through Pokemon without having to go to every freaken gym or the ridiculous Pokemon league just to go to a new area.
I think the trailer still has beta type graphics. I'm actually excited for these ones to come out for the actual game and not the competitive play. I have high hopes. Plus that little fox guy is adorable.
Unfortunately, we will never get a more "adult" version of the Pokemon series; the whole franchise is targeted towards kids, because kids are the biggest market.
If someone wants to enforce something - say, a product or a safety message - then usually they aim their advertisements at children. The kids then go home and tell their parents, perhaps beg a bit, until they get their way. It's something that's been done for ages.
As for Gen VI, I really would like to see it look a little more like a RPG (which is what it is, if you think about it). That means features like those you mentioned; multiple career paths or specialties, customiseable characters, the ability to choose what team you play on. it would also be nice to get a game where you don't have to replay every old cartridge you have just to get that one last Pokemon you need to finish the Pokedex
It's marketing jargon. When he says "evolve," I'm sure he just means the minor refinements and tweaks we've had between generations thus far, like the graphical overhaul in this new generation. Though I'm certainly down with practically all the features you listed, unfortunately it makes more business sense for Nintendo to play it safe. I know for sure I'm getting Gen VI, and Nintendo/GameFreak/whoever else can make plenty of money by playing it safe. Any drastic innovations risk alienating long term fans, "killing the golden goose," in other words.
Oh, well. That's committee design for you. Bold, new directions are not risked when there's this much money involved.
Don't you get it? You can never have enough money. Sure, Nintendo would likely be able to absorb a complete bomb on one of their major franchises, but why do it? Money is the only thing investors care about, and they agree that they'd rather have a sure thing than a gamble.
I suspect that much of it goes back into the funding the development of the next one. Despite the similarities in gameplay between generations, no doubt development is still not cheap. The rest goes into the coffers of rich men, to be turned into beach houses, vintage cars, private jets, and other such extravagance.
I'm actually pretty excited for X and Y. The battle sprites look a lot more fluid, even compared to Gen V which added idle animation. Also, the protagonists don't actually look too goofy, and the starters look alright.
On the subject of Pokemon "evolving," it's interesting to note that the Japanese logos for X and Y incorporate a double helix. Whether that's just a sort of pun or if there's some focus on genetics in the story... I'll have to wait and see.