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Do you buy the games on release?

Started by Sheep December 5th, 2019 8:32 PM
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When do you usually buy Pokémon games? Release day, whenever you feel like it, maybe for a special holiday, etc?

When did you get the last Pokémon game you purchased? For many of us this is SwSh. I bought my copy digitally on release day!


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First the past several main games my friend and I would get our games at the midnight release and then play them all night and weekend long. I got Sword at the midnight release.
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tbh i can't recall a time i didn't get at least one pokemon game on release day. i think the only generations that didn't happen were the first two, but i've been consistently getting pokemon games on release day since r/s.
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I think the last game I bought on release was GTA V in 2013. I couldn't even purchase it myself since I was only 13. Point being I haven't gotten a game on release date in a very long time.

Pokemon related, no. I've almost always been gifted these games at Christmas through a relative who buys the opposite copy.


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In the past yes, the last two I've waited a few days because I was the opposite of hype for both of them. LGPE turned out to be great, SwSh was most certainly not so I wish I'd waited a little longer on that one to find out all the problems with it so I would've decided to buy a better game.
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IIRC, my purchases were:
XD Gamecube bundle: not on release (was my first game after getting back into Pokemon).
Colosseum: Hard to find but I eventually found it after it was released years ago.
Emerald and Leaf Green: Not on release.
Diamond and Pearl: I think I got them release day.
Platinum: Most likely.
Soul Silver: I'm 80% sure I got them Easter. I purchased Heart Gold used recently.
White: A week after release and later got Black on Easter.
Black 2: First Pokemon game I pre-ordered. Got White 2 later on.
X and Y: Pre-ordered both and picked them up on launch.
ORAS: Omega Ruby was a gift and later got Alpha Sapphire as a gift.
Sun and Moon: Pre-ordered both and got them midnight launch.
Ultra versions: Picked both of them up midnight release after a last minute decision.
Sword: Picked it up used after 4 days of its release.

Overall, it depends on the game and before the Switch titles, I was always hyped for a Pokemon game to come out and enjoyed them but now that hype is slowly withering. I even skipped out on buying the Let's Go games.

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Only the main series games, honestly. They're the ones I'm always the most hyped for. Black and White was when I started going to midnight releases--at Walmart of course, seriously the most sensible place to go for video game midnight releases--and I've been doing that since. With the exception of BW2, anyway. Oh yeah, and i missed ORAS midnight release because of an ill-fated FLU. I think I've been getting games on at the very least, release day since Diamond and Pearl. When Pokemon were actually releasing their games earlier in the year. :p


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I've gone to every midnight release since HGSS, and while the release of SwSh made me second-guess and maybe go digital for my switch library, I caved and preordered so I could stand in line. Why break tradition?

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The only main series games I got on release were Emerald and Diamond, all the others much later, usually for the first Christmas or on my first birthday after release. Diamond was actually kind of a delayed birthday present as it was released just a week after it. Actually I don't really buy games on day one unless I'm extremely hyped for them (I bought two in the last year - the Switch version of Civilization VI and CTR: Nitro-Fueled, but those were the only two day one purchases in more than ten years!).


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As far as I remember, I've gotten the games on release date ever since Black/White came out. Never midnight releases though, I'm really not into that, I can wait until morning to get them. Though it's been a while since I've actually gone to the store to get them, ordering online is more convenient.

LGPE turned out to be great, SwSh was most certainly not
I'm curious to hear more on this. I've not played LGPE myself, but I was under the impression that it's been widely viewed as underwhelming, even more so than SwSh has been for some people. I've hardly ever heard anyone say that they thought LGPE was great, or even just better than SwSh.
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I bought the Sword and Shield dual pack day of! I've been buying each game day of release since BW2 because there's nothing like learning about the games together!
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I've been buying the mainline Pokemon games on release day since White 2, since that was the first time I actually had the current gen console (got my GBC right before gen 3, and didn't get a DS until sometime in late 2011).

Almost didn't get Sword on release day, but convinced myself at the last minute to pick it up with my staff discount at work, since I know the price isn't going to drop anytime in the near future, so might as well pay less than full price for it right away, rather than waiting until who knows when to pick it up.

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when i was a kid, i would make it a literal mission to get any pokemon game on the first day of release. this was because my irl best friends would usually get the games around a similar time if not a bit later, so we'd be getting and enjoying the games during peak hype season.

as i grew older though, this became much less of a thing. i try to get mainline pokemon games during the first day, but sometimes things don't work out for life reasons. especially currently, where i'm still debating if i still even want to get swsh instead of making a decision already and gunning for it on the first day, haha.

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I usually preorder them, so I guess you could say yes? I don't remember how I did it growing up... but I've started to preorder new Pokemon games as of late.
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I'm curious to hear more on this. I've not played LGPE myself, but I was under the impression that it's been widely viewed as underwhelming, even more so than SwSh has been for some people. I've hardly ever heard anyone say that they thought LGPE was great, or even just better than SwSh.
So, okay. I've had to think about this and I guess my judgement isn't entirely fair.

Part of what I like about LGPE is that while you can dislike it, it isn't in any way offensively bad in the way a lot of people (including me) were expecting. It's predictable, but besides that there's not really anything wrong with it - it's a cute, competent fun coat of paint. Underwhelming sure, but I enjoyed it greatly. That might not have been enough for me to proclaim the game itself as great.

Buuuut in that regard it is still so much better than SwSh in my opinion. While LGPE was underwhelming but didn't really have anything wrong with it, SwSh combines both. The plot is stop-and-go with the realistic but totally uninteresting idea that the adults are taking care of everything while you go battle gyms, the pacing is TERRIBLE, the wild area is awesome but underdeveloped and needed more reasons to actually explore beyond just biking between dens, the removal of follower Pokemon again despite all those models very undeniably being present in the game is once again one step forward and two steps back, and the characters have one personality trait (I lost count of how many times people said Leon gets lost easily. I'll take Jessie & James shoehorned into LGPE over that any day).

It might sound like I'm arguing for the safe cash grab option over the take that tried to innovate and (arguably) failed, but I don't think it's that clear-cut. LGPE didn't innovate much, but what it did, it did very well in my opinion. The new graphic style it pioneered is gorgeous, the following Pokémon is cool and given more depth with the addition of ride mons, and the GO integration turned out to work way better than predicted.

SwSh adds a lot of new stuff, much more than LGPE but it's all so surface level. Many features feel like they didn't get nearly enough development to be intuitive. The wild area is an empty plain with a weather filter slapped on top, as opposed to the game's actual routes which have real biomes, trainers, and interesting stuff to find. The new customization is good but so awkward and full of clunky restrictions like having to talk to people to change your bike outfit, and not being able wear your new gym outfits in the gyms is just ???. Almost every city is the same boring brown brick and maybe England's just like that but it's not like they're not taking liberties elsewhere. This is the kind of stuff that should have been revised and polished during the planning and it feels like they just used their first idea of every feature and didn't discuss it further.

They're both fun games that I enjoyed but in this case I prefer the predictable but well-made game over the overambitious flop.
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