The mainline Pokémon games always come in pairs of two. The reason why is thanks to creator Satoshi Tajiri's frustration with a different video game.
So if the game had super rare drops, that could be traded, wouldn't that be even more appealing? Didn't realize Nintendo sold two versions to deliver magic gaming experiences. Give me a break!
I'll take two versions over super rare drops, actually. It's not that hard to find someone who's had the other version of the game.
I like that train of thought. What if instead of making something rare, we just make it so you can't get it at all until you find someone who has a similar game. What if we made people trade their one of a kind Pokémon and then they have to play through the game again to get another one. Brilliant! Solving simple problems with obtuse methods has always been the Nintendo way.
because they can charge you twice.
Because Nintendo LOVES y̶o̶u̶ money
I think the explanation of creating a engaging community of trading with friends seems plausible for the reason. In the real world, it is very rare for someone to purchase the 2 versions just to trade with themself. I remember the days when my friends and I had some enjoyment out of battling and trading via the link cable function.
Those were the days, good fun, me and sis both got opposite version of each game so we could trade with each other, but she never got into the game as much as I did. But at that time, it wasn't hard finding other players to play with using the link cable. Although, I still think it was a money based decision to make two games.
Because Nintendo believe sheep will gladly pay twice for basically the same games just with key pokemons locked out from each version. Any other explanations are just these sheep making a fool of themselves! A F2P game like Pokemon Go! will let you catch all Pokemons but a proper full-priced handheld or console version can't? Nintendo has their fans in the pocket with these rip-off practice and they are cheering on Nintendo for it.
Pokemon Go you need friends or other player to catch all the Pokemon so you're wrong there. You can't do the high end raids for the legendary pokemon without other people, you can but you will wast your time. It's always been about playing with others. Money too, obviously but the back in the 90s and early 2000s kids used to actually hangout at each other houses and play games together. I know that's a wild concept to you kids now a days but gaming was a ton of fun when you had actual friends and helped each other.
Playing with other people still doesn't cost me a single cent. But what is playing with friends have to do with locking out a certain version of the game from catching certain pokemon? It's even more ridiculous now that you have to find such a ridiculous excuse to justify this practice like pokemon is the only game you can play with friends. What's next? You want to say something in defence of friend code too? What about voice chat? Other companies get trolled to hell if there is even a slight difference between versions of the same game like if one region is censored while the other region is not for example, but Nintendo intentionally make variants of the same games and celebrated! Can you imagine something like inFamous, but with 2 versions? One is Good only and the other is Evil only, same storyline, just different choices and to experience both, you have to buy both versions? Can you imagine the backlash from the fans and media? Let's come back to 2021 now shall we? On the Switch, they can still play greedy by offering those locked out pokemon as DLC for a fraction of the price of the full game but NO...they still want to go full greedy mode by making 2 versions! That sweet sweet $60 is too hard to pass for Nintendo.
It is no where near as bad as you make it seem. We are talking about the buying power of kids 20 years ago. How many do you think could convince their parents to purchase 2 Gameboys and 2 versions of the same Pokemon game just to trade with themselves. Another thing to take into consideration is that prior to the global trading system being implemented, you could find and capture the best/most popular pokemon in either version of the game. It was mostly the niche and low popularity pokemon that were exclusive to each version. As a kid I didn't know that many completionist and my friends and I didn't even think of completing the Pokedex until one day we were bored and wanted to find out what would happen if we did. A large portion of Gameboy owners had pokemon so it was not hard to find someone with the opposite version of the game. That game is the definition of a system seller as for allot of persons, it was the only game they played on that handheld.
Greed. We are talking about Nintendo after all.
Why sell one copy when retards will purchase two?
before was one thing, now? Because money, the end.
I see a lot of people saying greed and money. But how many people really go out and buy both versions?
Money... Love Nintendo, but hate when games companies/ developers try to hide their money grabbing ways. Could be game freak who are the culprits but either way, I dislike it
Something about Milking the Cow..
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