Yeah it still doesn't make sense for someone whos just getting into the series to start off with a sequal and go backwards kind of fucks them up in that sense. I would allways suggest somebody to start off with the original game.
I don't see how it would screw them up in the chronology. Like others said, all the events of BW could be summarized in a small preface or in the manual of the game booklet without removing any of the core details of the first game, allowing BW2 to kick off without padding the beginning with exposition.
Some people are going to have enough money for just one game. Asking them to stay behind the current games by getting the 18 month old prequel when they want BW2 is a disservice to them
Well i was saying for nextgen but ok...
You used "finally" in your advocate for the level increase, which implies you wanted it done immediately, i.e. in BW2. Small misunderstanding.