Bit of background on me as a player -- my first game was Crystal, got it in a bundle with the kiwi green GBC. Started playing the card game in 1998 or so, I'm decent but never competed. After playing Crystal I got Ruby, can't remember how far I got in that. A friend got me a .jp copy of Emerald right after the release when she went back to her home for Spring Break in 2004, I got to about the second gym on that but am paranoid about playing that cart for too long because of the battery life issue. Continued playing the card game but didn't play the video game again until 2009 when I got a copy of Heart Gold. Got White on release day, and got the Black DSi bundle to soothe my regret from missing out on the other Pokemon themed Game Boys. Like with the TCG, I'm pretty decent but don't compete except with friends. I played some of Platinum but found it harder going than HG, still working on the E4 on it. A friend is currently in Tokyo and I asked her to get a copy of White2 for me, it arrived last week and had one of the clear file pre-order bonuses. Other than being reminded how much my reading level has dropped since I stopped taking Japanese 5 years ago, I'm slogging through and having a good time with it. ( SPOILERS USED CUT )
It's fun so far but I may yet trade my starter and a couple others over to Black and start it over now that I'm starting to remember my verbs. Also I am super impatient for October to get here to use the 3DS features, I don't have a Japanese 3DS (playing on a DS Lite) and don't import enough games to make it worth it.