As a marketing format, I don't think the Pokemon model has ever
been about "buy both games" (which is what the name clearly implies, and also the case with an Episodic Game
). It's about "pick your side, and trade/connect with somebody who has the counterpart". Pretty sure that several Pokemon game boxes clearly state that each version is essentially the same except minor differences.
Additionally, there's nothing preventing a game from having only one version but uses the player's system ID to randomly vary certain kinds of content to make them exclusive to some players or others. I can only think of two examples and they are fairly minor (in The World Ends with You
, one shop stocks a rare pin that's one of six, which one they have is dependent on the individual game; and in the Pokemon Dream World, you're given some damage-reducing berries to start off your berry farming but only one of seventeen; you have to trade with other players for the rest) but it follows the Pokemon model in spirit (connect with somebody who has it), minus actual version counterparts.
In which case we could probably benefit from a page for Version Exclusive Content
edited 30th Aug '13 9:52:27 AM by Stratadrake