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A look at Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver

These aren't just by-the-numbers ports..

There’s nothing like retooling a classic model with cutting-edge tech. You might be thinking about tricking out a ’78 Pontiac Firebird with a Blue Tooth and iPod jack, but I’m talking about the remakes of Nintendo’s eleven-year-old Pokemon Gold & Silver games here.


Odds are, you’ve heard of these already, but GamePro just released a detailed product review of both games - - just a month ahead of their American release dates. Rest easy if you were anxious about these being direct ports like the iPhone Final Fantasy remakes I talked about earlier this week. The Game Boy Advance versions of both games have been totally worked over to the DS’s strengths, making it feel as if they were designed specifically for stylus-driven gameplay.

There’s also the Pokewalker, a new feature that’s, quite literally, a game changer. The Pokeball-shaped gadget’s part-pedometer, part- Tamagotchi. It’ll allow you to carry your Pokemon out in the real world and unlock various mini-games commensurate to how many steps you take. One such mini-game is a battle mode that allows you to pick up new Pokemon on the way, effectively putting you in Ash Ketchum's shoes and letting you feel like you’re actually hunting Pokemon out in the wild.

If you’re a new player who’s never experienced Gold and Silver before, or a hard-core veteran who’s longed for these classics to catch up to today’s standards, HeartGold and SoulSilver look like they'll satisfy you more than a Snickers bar. Watch out for these re-tooled, re-vamped, re-surrected favorites on the 14th next month.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics.   Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Kelleth moderator on Feb. 17, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.
I already finished the game, pkmntrainer Red was easy once i got to trade my old pokemon to Heart Gold. i`m gonna buy it for real when its out. ^_^
Daniel_Newton moderator on Feb. 17, 2010 at 6:47 p.m.
"The Game Boy Advance versions of both games" uhh, I think you meant Game Boy Color right?
 
Anyway looking forward to these, Gold/Silver/Crystal were freaking awesome.
JJOR64on Feb. 17, 2010 at 6:54 p.m.
Can't wait till these games come out.  I'm pumped to play through Silver again.
reinon Feb. 17, 2010 at 6:55 p.m.
I'm still wondering if it's worth buying the Ds.
No_name_here staff on Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.
@Newten: My mistake. Pearl, Platinum and Diamond were on the GBA, right?
JJOR64on Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:08 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @Newten: My mistake. Pearl, Platinum and Diamond were on the GBA, right? "
Those were on DS.  Ruby, Sapphire, Emerlad, FireRed, and LeafGreen were the ones on GBA.
Void_Wizardon Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:10 p.m.
Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBA. Pearl/Diamond/Platinum were on DS. I'm looking forward to be entertained by these remakes! I'll probably just be a casual player besides perhaps breeding for natures and maybe EV train a team or so. I pre-ordered SoulSilver a few weeks ago. :D
JJOR64on Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.
@Void_Wizard said:
" Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBA. Pearl/Diamond/Platinum were on DS. I'm looking forward to be entertained by these remakes! I'll probably just be a casual player besides perhaps breeding for natures and maybe EV train a team or so. I pre-ordered SoulSilver a few weeks ago. :D "
Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBC......            :P
sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:49 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: Nice to see your articles reaching new sites.... or well, sister sites!
 
Too bad for me since I don't have a DS... but if you like these games then everybody should join me at the RPG Pokemon World Online Game I'm playing!
It's all the games put together that include all the pokemon!
Void_Wizardon Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:52 p.m.
@JJOR64 said:
" @Void_Wizard said:
" Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBA. Pearl/Diamond/Platinum were on DS. I'm looking forward to be entertained by these remakes! I'll probably just be a casual player besides perhaps breeding for natures and maybe EV train a team or so. I pre-ordered SoulSilver a few weeks ago. :D "
Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBC......            :P "
Whoops, lol.
Kiriskaon Feb. 17, 2010 at 8:45 p.m.
I am so excited for this game. You don't even know. ;3;
Destinyheroknighton Feb. 17, 2010 at 8:55 p.m.

Cool 
Jlynnanaon Feb. 18, 2010 at 5:58 a.m.
LOL i beat Red with a butterfree
Daniel_Newton moderator on Feb. 18, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk:@Void_Wizard: 
 
Alright, just to clear this up once and for all guys.
Pokemon Gold and Silver are Game Boy/Game Boy Color compatible.
Pokemon Crystal is Game Boy Color only.
Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed and LeafGreen are Game Boy Advance games.
Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeatGold and SoulSilver are Nintendo DS games.
 
Obviously though the GB and GBC games work on a GBA through backwards compatibility and likewise the GBA games work on the DS. So I suppose it can get a little confusing, especially when you're not really into the Pokemon games.
Kelleth moderator on Feb. 18, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
@Jlynnana said:
" LOL i beat Red with a butterfree "
Great then i`m not the only one on the site who beat the game before it came out YAY!! x3
crusader8463on Feb. 18, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.
I wish my DS hadn't broken a few months back, i want to play this game again. As for the little pedometer that comes along with it, well lets just say I'm getting horror flash backs to sitting down and getting carpel tunnel shaking my Pikachu Pal Walker thing to get his walking points up.
John_Martoneon Feb. 19, 2010 at 1:08 p.m.
@JJOR64 said:
" @Void_Wizard said:
" Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBA. Pearl/Diamond/Platinum were on DS. I'm looking forward to be entertained by these remakes! I'll probably just be a casual player besides perhaps breeding for natures and maybe EV train a team or so. I pre-ordered SoulSilver a few weeks ago. :D "
Gold/Silver/Crystal were on GBC......            :P "
Oh gameboy history. *hugs his game gear*
BobCaton March 3, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.
G/S is ELEVEN years old?   Sheesh, I feel old.

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