It's amazing how much you remember from the old days.
I played Pokémon red and blue back when I was in Middle School. When my daughter came home from school talking about Pikachu, I gifted her an old copy of LeafGreen I purchased when I was just out of high school (I really have no idea *where* I got it) and a paleolithic Gameboy Advance, and she was hooked.
My daughter and I can bond a little bit over Pokémon, even as old as I am now. The game isn't *exactly* the same as Red and Blue, some ways are good, some ways disappoint me a little. I definitely like the option for my daughter to play a girl character.
As a remake, it has what is in my mind the best parts of the entire franchise: Lavender Town. Kids aren't generally exposed to death related themes at very young ages, or if they are, they've had their edge taken off. As simple as it is, Lavender Town depicts people grieving. It's a bit of a breath of fresh air in our family thanks to a series of unfortunate events earlier in the year. Speaking of the entire Pokémon Franchise, it's the game for kids who always wanted to go on an adventure with their pets.
Looking back and having grown up with Pokémon though, it is amazing just how complicated a game it is. Granted, most casual players aren't going to comprehend effort values or need to know how to calculate catch rates, there is still quite a bit to it. There are hundreds of moves, some of which don't do what they sound like they do. Type advantage likewise can confuse young minds (though the TV show helps).
For her, it's a fun game. For me, it's a giant nostalgia bomb. Either way, I like this game a whole lot.