They kind of touched on this with the spin-off games like PMD and the GameCube games. I loved the availability of any Eeveelution from the start of XD, easily one of my favorite games. You get Espeon and Umbreon in Colosseum, which I guess kind of counts. The biggest typing range is definitely in PMD though, that's not what you mean XD
I like how the starters in DPPt all check and balance each other, but I think that Grass, Fire, and Water is pretty well rounded and gives a good variety.