The original one's ending kinda sucks, because you can't save after the final boss fight. >:/ But otherwise it's still a very fun game. My favorite (as of right now) is the second game, but we'll see what happens with the fourth installment.
If it wasn't for the hype I wouldn't have minded, since Pokémon isn't exactly know for its 'driving plots'. Now I know it's better to stay away from news regarding it until I have the game in my hands. xD
At first I disliked them, but after awhile they grew on me because of the Striaton Bros. Still think they're cuter unevolved, though I agree with you that Simsage is the best of the evolved bunch. But yeah, we got more than enough monkeys now.
One hit? Dang, was it a critical?
There's always that honeymoon period with a new main game; a whole new region to explore, a new team to make, a new evil team to take down, etc.
But it seems with each new one that period becomes more short-lived. Or maybe it was just with this gen. With all the hype the plot got (something about GF working for a year and a half on it), I wasn't very impressed with it. Liked the new Pogeys though.
HG may just be my favorite main series game now. It can't entirely capture the initial feelings I had when I first played Silver many years ago, but it comes really close. I didn't care as much for BW as I do for HGSS.