"Maybe I should have gone with the Game of Life, man are those Pokémon tempting to play as, but Protect and Spiky Shield? Isn't that a tad redundant?" Ethan commented on one of his Gastly's options.
"We can switch if you want...if you're too scared to play a simple game with the word ‘Death’ in the title! Muwahaha!"
"Not scared...besides should you really be making light of death?"
"I'm technically alive aren't I? In a way, you could say I even cheated death or...death cheated me..." James almost sounded sad for a moment before looking back at Ethan with a smile, "...but anyways, tell me, You are going for the Ghost Type, aren't you? Haha!" James laughed, teasing his trainer to see if he would stick with his preferred type.
The two weren't similar in fighting style at all, while this was all just a bunch of pixelated images Ethan's experience as a trainer had taught him that he preferred working with Pokémon that excelled in Strength and Speed but he also enjoyed thinking on his feet and there was one Pokémon among those listed that intrigued him enough to give it a try. James on the other hand was more about indirect approaches such as using tricks to immobilize or slowly drain his foes of energy before striking them down, but his options all seemed to be more focused on raw power then anything else. Both of their preferences seemed to effect their choices somewhat slightly; Ethan decided to go with Aegislash, the Royal Sword Pokémon and James picked Blaziken, the Blaze Pokémon hoping to speed through the game as quickly as possible. However as they went on to decide which Mode they wanted to fight in, both strayed from fighting each other right off the bat.
"As much as I'd want to battle you in an all or nothing fight, maybe it'd be wise to test the limits of the game?" Ethan suggested, "After each of us have gotten a feel for the game, we'll see whose the better battler!"
"You're on!" James agreed.
Ethan wanted to know what the final boss in the game would be like, would each version feature a different boss at the end? So even though he initially wanted to go with Story Mode as his choice he felt that if they could figure out how to unlock the co-op mode, he'd prefer it if he could fight alongside his Starter and find out together.
In the end they both choose to go with Survival Mode.
"Joy sticks ready..." Ethan said, "Go!"
"First one to get KO'd buys dinner!" James declared.