A new region has just come out, and you're ready to get started. Just one question before you can get ready for the route- how do you choose your starter? For me, I believe my first choice in starter was because I always did prefer Fire as an elemental power to Water and Grass. After that... I mostly chose starters by what I had heard about them (and then eventually, through experience), and in the case of Gen V in particular, what else is influenced by the starter (I'm a bigger fan of the monkeys than most). And then Gen VI came along and introduced the starter I found so adorable, it's also my only plush. Not choosing it wasn't an option for me.