While we were busy with our own popularity poll, Japan had one pitting the version mascots against each other. As it turns out, Rayquaza won, ahead of Pikachu and Reshiram. Now of course they needed to make this Rayquaza special, so they decided to tack on V-Create for kicks. Interesting... Rayquaza is actually capable of making use of this, especially given the obvious synergy with Outrage, so I'm curious to see how it'll turn out.
Now there are two questions I need to ask. Did they decide to go with V-Create because Rayquaza has no DW ability, and were they planning to give the winner its DW ability if it had one? If so, HUGE opportunity missed to make Lugia or Ho-Oh godly. Secondly, how does Rayquaza have that much of a following in Asia? First it won the "befriend a Pokémon" poll in Korea, now this. In the West it's just about considered "just another Pokémon", at least as far as I know. I have never once encountered an actual dedicated Rayquaza fan. So what's the deal?