I made it to the third island yesterday. According to the 3DS, I have been playing the game now for 70 hours. According to the Nintendo thing online it says most players average around 30 hours. Players who rush to the end take 25, and those that are leisure take 45. Lolz! But then again I do keep swapping out Pokemon to try and level them up. There are also a ton of mons I've missed out on catching since I guess they require either day or nighttime catches, or SOS battles. I was looking for a Pacham and when I finally got one it SOSed in it's evolved counterpart! So I caught that one, but then had to find another Pancham and it took like 20 more battles to find one. I did find a shiny Yungoos evolution (Gumshoos?) in the wild though.
I went into the GTS but whenever I actually seek out Pokemon people want things that aren't from this game version, or stuff level 100 already. I also wish they would make it easier to get other variants. Like I would like the standard Meowth or Raticate but I have to scroll through tons of players trading to find those variants. When I do they want like a Groudon or something I can't get to even think of trading. Also can't seem to find a shiny Makuhita or Hariyama. I need to learn more about perfect breeding because I'd really like to have the strongest of those two mons. I wish there were more nurseries, like one on each island, because getting one egg at a time is really slow.
Been trying to sign into the Pokemon game sync from different devices but no luck at all, just more of the same refreshing without signing in...guess I'm out of luck for taking part in on-line missions.