I'd recommend it, Bleaker. They have tweaked a lot of little things to make life better for players. As Dincrest said, big change to the EXP Share item (which now just sits in your inventory instead of having to be held). Also, you start the game with running shoes and get roller skates very shortly after leaving home.
But there are other things too - for example, Tackle is a 50 power move now instead of 35. String Shot lowers speed "harshly." And they've organized the wild pokemon so that by the time you hit the second town, you can have normal, flying, fire, water, grass, bug/poison, electric, and normal/fairy types in your crew. So you don't get stuck rolling around with one starter and a bunch of normals for a few towns any more. Lots of stuff. This is a really big update to the series.