​Pokémon Legends: Arceus' character customization is the envy of Pokémon BDSP fans

The latest trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus reveals a wealth of character customization options in the game, which look especially impressive compared to the paltry offerings in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The ability to change the appearance of the main character used to be a dream of the Pokémon fan base. Beyond gender selection, however, it took the series a long time to add even the most basic options.

The original Pokémon video game appeared on the Nintendo Game Boy. The handheld nature of the series helped propel it to mainstream success, but the limited amount of memory available on Game Boy cartridges was a major problem for developers. The sequel's memory problems were exacerbated by the inclusion of more Pokémon in Gold and Silver. The developers tell the story of how the late Satoshi Iwata created a program that solved their problem, and it's discussed in a tribute message to those who made Pokédex in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

The memory limitations of older Pokémon games are the reason character customization options didn't appear until 2013. The series often changes how it treats character customization options, and some games ditch it entirely. A group of games that have recently introduced limited forms of character customization is Pokémon BDSP. The limited clothing options in BDSP have been surpassed by offerings in the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus, which will focus more on character customization.

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Pokémon's History Of Character Customization

Before the Nintendo 3DS era, the only character customization option in Pokémon video games was the option to choose gender, which was introduced in Pokémon Crystals. There are mods for older games that change the main character's appearance, such as turning blue into the main character, but there isn't any official way to change the character's appearance in single-player mode. This all changes in Pokémon X and Y, allowing players to choose the appearance of their trainers and buy clothes that can be changed around town. The move to 3DS hardware made this possible, and it was also associated with the French-inspired Kalos' region, best known as Paris, considered the fashion capital of the world.

Various levels of customization options have existed in mainline Pokémon games since Pokémon X and Y, but they weren't included in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, most likely a decision to keep games close to their original counterparts. Aesthetic decisions and the number of clothing choices in Pokémon games vary, and games like Let's Go have far fewer choices than Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Pokémon BDSP lacks character customization options, and the new Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer has the clothing options BDSP fans want.