When a new pair of mainline Pokémon games comes out, how do you decide which version to get (first)? Do you have some sort of mechanism, or is it just a whim?
And, on a related note, Grass monkey, that funky monkey, GRASS MONKEY! asks:
Are you getting Sword, shield, or both?
So, I eventually went with Shield, and this time, as in most previous generations, whim is probably the best way of describing it. I’ve always avoided pre-release hype material previously, so I’ve never known anything about version-exclusive Pokémon when choosing. This time, I did look at the list of officially confirmed version-exclusives, but there wasn’t much to choose between them, for me. I like Tyranitar, but I also like Hydreigon; I like Sirfetch’d, but I also like Galarian Ponyta. The box legendary is sometimes a guide for me – I picked Sapphire because I liked Kyogre and Moon because I liked Lunala – but I have trouble choosing Zacian or Zamazenta; they’re both… fine, I guess? I’m coordinating with a friend to get opposite versions, but she couldn’t decide either, so that was no help; I wound up picking first (Jim the Editor doesn’t have a Switch and probably isn’t going to get either one, at least not any time in the next few months). Honestly “which version?” has never really seemed like all that big of a deal to me; there’s always something I want from the other one, no matter which I pick, and these days I tend to experience any story-related differences between the two in a very unusual way because it happens as part of my research when I go to write about them. I’m certainly not going to buy both; that’s just rewarding Game Freak and Nintendo for continuing to make one game for the price of two, and I don’t think there’s any compelling blog-related reason to get both.