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Old March 17th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Am I the only one who does not really like having one file? I will find it very inconvenient for people who need to share games with siblings, like me.


So, what do you think? If GameFreak / Nintendo suddenly started having 3 files or something in new games, would you like it or hate it?
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Old March 17th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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It was revealed on an old interview with GF that the reason why we have only one save file is because of the feature to nickname our Pokemon. Plus, how will we able to get special event items/Pokemon if there was more than one save file?
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Old March 17th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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That is a good question. I don't know.

I never thought about that, actually. I don't know much overall about that kind of thing. I think next time I am going to do more research!
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Old March 17th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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I hate the fact that i can't share the game with my sister, but i wouldn't know how to trade with different save files. and trade is the biggest portion pokemon is always trying to drive with people
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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:18 PM
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I'm not really bothered by the fact that there's only one save file. I was way back when I first started playing and my brother and I had to share Pokemon Red but ever since then we've just picked up our own copy. And because we did, we've been able to trade back and forth when needed. He doesn't play anymore but the sentiment is still there.
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It was revealed on an old interview with GF that the reason why we have only one save file is because of the feature to nickname our Pokemon. Plus, how will we able to get special event items/Pokemon if there was more than one save file?
They could have individual save files for each user and then there would be an overall cartridge save file. Special event items/Pokemon could be saved to the overall file and each user would be able to access that and download it onto their save file only once. The logistics wouldn't be too hard to get around.

I don't get how nicknaming would have any effect on it, though...? That's kinda weird but maybe there's something I'm not thinking of.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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I would like it.
Other platforms (PSP, PSVita, PS2, ... (not Sony fan at all xD)) have almost always at least 3 save slots so why can't Pokemon?
Trading and Mystery Gifts could be done with a bit of programming, I believe...
The share of one game can from one point of view be disadvantageous for the GF in terms of money but on the other hand, groups could buy one copy together and play it on different saves.
But the main reason is the one I mentioned in the second sentence. If others can have it, why Pokemon can't?
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Old March 19th, 2013, 03:19 PM
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I wouldn't mind having 3 save files (like in Super Mario 64 DS), everytime I want to start a new game, I have to buy another copy of the Pokemon game.
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Old March 19th, 2013, 03:24 PM
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I think it would be more convenient for at least a second save file, but I do believe it would complicate special event items/Pokemon like mentioned above.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 10:56 AM
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I'm OK with it. At least when I have two files from the same gen and region the games are a bit different. If I had more than one file, I would just concentrate on one, and not really use the others anyway
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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:52 AM
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I'm not really bothered by the fact that there's only one save file. I was way back when I first started playing and my brother and I had to share Pokemon Red but ever since then we've just picked up our own copy. And because we did, we've been able to trade back and forth when needed. He doesn't play anymore but the sentiment is still there.

They could have individual save files for each user and then there would be an overall cartridge save file. Special event items/Pokemon could be saved to the overall file and each user would be able to access that and download it onto their save file only once. The logistics wouldn't be too hard to get around.

I don't get how nicknaming would have any effect on it, though...? That's kinda weird but maybe there's something I'm not thinking of.
I found the interview but it's certainly not decisive and doesn't say what Pinkie claims it to say.

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Sugimori: We were discussing whether it would be better to have 3 save files or to be able to name all 151 of your Pokémon, and everyone was unanimous in saying “It’s better to be able to name them all!”
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All this says is that they couldn't combine nicknames and save files in the first game. That doesn't stop them at all from figuring it out now.
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Old March 21st, 2013, 11:58 AM
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The main reason I would want at least ONE more save file, is to be able to share with siblings or to play the game through again without starting a new file..
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Old March 21st, 2013, 12:32 PM
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I found the interview but it's certainly not decisive and doesn't say what Pinkie claims it to say.

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All this says is that they couldn't combine nicknames and save files in the first game. That doesn't stop them at all from figuring it out now.
Ah, that makes a lot of sense for the early games. I know they were crazy pressed for space back in Gen I at the very least. I guess now they realize that the format of the game makes it sell like crazy if they only have one save per cartridge, too. :P
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The main reason I would want at least ONE more save file, is to be able to share with siblings or to play the game through again without starting a new file..
Or the new functionality that was in BW2 where you could play again on a harder difficulty... but you could only do that by transferring the difficulty to a DIFFERENT game cartridge iirc. That's ridiculous. You should be able to use your original cartridge, even if it means restarting. It would be a no-brainer if there were two saves because you wouldn't have to transfer at all, just activate it on the new one. :/
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 02:06 PM
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I don't mind having a single save file in one cartridge, but there are times when I wish there were 3-4 save files so that I can let other people use the same cartridge without starting my game over.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Although I'm not really a fan of having a one save file limit per game, I thought the reason for it was because there was only so much storage space on the game cartridges for save game data, compounded by the fact that Pokémon game saves are rich in details, such as what Pokémon you caught, their stats, moves, items you are carrying, how many you caught/seen in the PokéDex, among various other things.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 08:47 PM
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I guess now they realize that the format of the game makes it sell like crazy if they only have one save per cartridge, too. :P
And we have a winner. That's all there is to it.

So, of course, I resent having one file, but it doesn't happen to affect me so I've never been as bothered by it as much as I might otherwise be. That said, even for a player whose cartridge/card is their own it would be nice to be able to start a new game without erasing the previous save.
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