I think it has much potential in showing the youth days of some older characters~ By the way, can I read about your project somewhere here, on PokeCommunity? :D
Why, chance to challenge Pokemon League of course~! Or do you mean beating more than eight gyms? I actually wanted to make it impossible during single run; it will motivate to re-play the game in the future :D
About the new way of catching pokemon - I am not fully sure about this feature, I'm afraid that anything new would ruin the whole 'pokemon feel'.
Glad you like the idea
Wow, you are completely right, I even remember Mr Taijiri saying in some interview that he got interested in video games by the fact that industrialisation in his hometown ruined natural habitats of many insects, and, hence, his previous hobby~
I think that is because timespan of a game's plot is much shorter than lifespan of any pokemon, but heck, if this isn't some interesting feature to think about :D
And, by the way - welcome on the board, I'm sure your talents, way of thinking and enthusiasm will help the project very much :D