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#1 c3ntury

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 18:10

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Developers: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo, ThePokémon Company
Engine: Heavily modified Pokémon Platinum engine
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Release Date: JP: September 12, 2009, NA: March 14, 2010, EU: March 26, 2010

Description:

Pokémon HeartGold Version and SoulSilver Version (ポケットモンスター ハートゴールド・ソウルシルバー Poketto Monsutā Hātogōrudo Sōrushirubā?, "Pocket Monsters: HeartGold & SoulSilver) are enhanced remakes of the 1999 video games Pokémon Gold and Silver. The games are part of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games, and were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. First released in Japan on September 12, 2009, the games were later released to North America, Australia, and Europe during March 2010.

HeartGold and SoulSilver take place in the Johto region of the franchise's fictional universe, which features special creatures called Pokémon. The basic goal of the game is to become the best Pokémon trainer in the Johto and Kanto regions, which is done by raising and cataloging Pokémon and defeating other trainers. The games are bundled with a peripheral called the Pokéwalker, a pedometer resembling a Poké Ball which can connect to the Nintendo DS game card via infrared signals.

Game director Shigeki Morimoto aimed to respect the feelings of those who played the previous games, while also ensuring that it felt like a new game to those that were introduced to the series in more recent years. Reception to the games was highly positive, with the two being amongst the highest rated DS games of all time on Metacritic. Commercially, the two are among the highest-selling handheld games of all time, with their combined sales being 10 million units as of July 29, 2010. [Source]


Plot:

Similar to Pokémon Gold and Silver, HeartGold and SoulSilver take place in the Johto region of the franchise's fictional universe. The universe centers on the existence of creatures, called Pokémon, with special abilities. The silent protagonist is a young Pokémon trainer who lives in New Bark Town. At the beginning of the games, the player chooses either a Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile as their starter Pokémon from Professor Elm. After performing a delivery for the professor, he decides to let the player keep the Pokémon and start them on a journey.

The goal of the game is to become the best trainer in Johto and Kanto, which is done by raising Pokémon, completing a catalog of Pokémon called a Pokédex, defeating the eight Gym Leaders in Johto for Gym Badges, challenging the best trainers in the region known as the Elite Four and the Champion, and then defeating the eight Gym Leaders in the Kanto region. Finally, the player may face off against Red atop Mt. Silver, who serves as the game's final boss.

Throughout the game, the player will battle against members of Team Rocket, a criminal organization originally from Kanto. They were originally defeated by the protagonist of FireRed, and LeafGreen, and have attempted to come back as an organization, while awaiting the return of their leader, Giovanni. To attempt to contact him, they take over the radio tower and broadcast a message calling out to him.

During certain points in the game, the player's rival will battle the protagonist in a test of skills. Throughout the game, the player encounters Kimono Girls. After battling all of them in a row, they allow the player to encounter a legendary bird specific to each game (Ho-Oh in HeartGold, and Lugia in SoulSilver). [Source]


Gameplay:

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are role-playing video games with adventure elements. The basic mechanics of the games are largely the same as their predecessors'. As with all Pokémon games for hand-held consoles, gameplay is viewed from a third-person overhead perspective, and consists of three basic screens: a field map, in which the player navigates the main character; a battle screen; and the menu, in which the player configures his party, items, or gameplay settings. The player begins the game with one Pokémon and can capture more using Poké Balls. The player can also use the Pokémon to battle others.

When the player encounters a wild Pokémon or is challenged by a trainer to a battle, the screen switches to a turn-based battle screen where the Pokémon fight. During battle, the player may fight, use an item, switch the active Pokémon, or flee (the last is not an option in battles against trainers). Pokémon have hit points (HP), which is displayed during combat; when a Pokémon's HP is reduced to zero, it faints and cannot battle unless taken to a Pokémon Center or healed or revived with a Pokémon skill or item. If the player's Pokémon defeats the opposing Pokémon (causes it to faint), it receives experience points. After accumulating enough experience points, it will level up; most Pokémon evolve into a new species of Pokémon when they reach a certain level, or when certain conditions are met (commonly, how much a Pokémon statistically 'likes' its trainer).

New features
HeartGold and SoulSilver allow the first Pokémon in the player's party to follow them, echoing a mechanic in Pokémon Yellow in which Pikachu follows the player. Apart from Yellow, this mechanic was also used in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum in a limited fashion: when the player is in Amity Park with a cute Pokémon. The player may talk to the Pokémon, and occasionally it may pick up items. A new minigame called the Pokéathlon (called Pokéthlon in Japan) uses the Nintendo DS touchscreen and allows Pokémon to compete in events such as hurdling. The Japanese versions retain slot machines found in previous games, while the international releases of the titles replace the slot machines with a new game called "Voltorb Flip", described as a cross between Minesweeper and Picross. Another new item, the GB Sounds, changes the background music to the original 8-bit music from Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Connectivity to other devices
The games are bundled with a peripheral called the Pokéwalker, a pedometer that resembles a Poké Ball which can connect to the Nintendo DS game card via infrared signals in a fashion similar to another Nintendo DS game Personal Trainer: Walking. The Pokéwalker can hold one Pokémon at any time, and must be registered with a single cartridge of the game. Walking with a Pokéwalker holding a Pokémon can cause the Pokémon to increase one level and cause its friendliness to increase, as well as earning "watts," an in-game currency that can be used to catch wild Pokémon and dowse for items. Despite the device being included with every game, Nintendo announced that the games would carry standard pricing (around ¥4,800 in Japan). HeartGold and SoulSilver can access the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to trade, battle, and interact with other players of the games, as well as players of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. After completing a special Wi-Fi mission download on Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, the player can send a Deoxys to HeartGold and SoulSilver. [Source]


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Official website: http://www.pokemongoldsilver.com/


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I cannot believe a dedicated thread for these amazing remakes of the classic Pokemon Gold and Silver hasnt been created yet so i figured i might as well create it myself! I was addicted to the originals so these remakes should be amazing Posted Image

Basically is a total remake of the original games, only with completely new graphics, and its alot faster as well, since it uses the latest Pokemon Engine. Also, many of the reviewers / players have called this "The best pokemon game EVER" - thats compared to a hell of alot of games. Also you get the "Pokewalker" which will count the steps you take in real life and it will level up your Pokemon the further you walk, also there are several legendarys avaliable and MUCH MUCH MORE.

Other new features include -
Roaming Latios, Mewtwo in the game and so are several other legendarys.
(E) Version only, the Goldenrod Slot Machine is replaced with a mix of Minesweeper and Backgammon - apprently its extremely addicting.
Let your top pokemon walk with you on the screen.
Battle Frontier, Better online Battles and other places to battle.
The trainer-call-back is BACK. - One of the most missed features in recent games.
and much, much more.

Anyway, in my opinion, this is going to be the game of the year for sure! Hundreds of hours of gameplay avaliable, unlimited hours if you include the online gaming - this looks set to beat most other NDS games that have released so far.

Edited by Anaron, 28 February 2012 - 10:58.



#2 thealexweb

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 18:17

The originals were good, but since my DS Lite broke after 18 months Nintendo can jog on.

#3 Steve B.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 22:34

These games are great, I've already played through it and I've got to say it's far better than DPPt. You've got refined graphics, new sprite work, better sounds. Also including new features that were not in the originals. It's a great game overall.

Also the GB Player is a must find item, after you achieve all 16 badges go to Celadon and talk to the dude on the 3rd floor near the globe.

Spoiler


#4 Tech Star

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:15

I already pre-ordered HeartGold. I just now need to buy a DS Lite.

#5 +Kondrath

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:20

Even though every pokemon game I've played is exactly the same since Red, I still keep on playing them for some reason. I'm a little excited for this... I liked silver so much when I was a kid. Especially going into the Kanto region :D

I don't do any of that ridiculous EV training, though. Just normal level ups...

I'm still using the original fat DS. Works fine, but the screen brightness and colors are miserable compared to the Lite's, haha.

#6 Alan Cone

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:32

I always felt half of the fun of the Pokemon games were those old Gameboy graphics. To me, nothing else will be true 'pokemon' than those originals.

#7 evo0o

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:43

@mreggsalad: agreed! pokemon red/blue, that's where it's at!

#8 Steve B.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 22:13

I always felt half of the fun of the Pokemon games were those old Gameboy graphics. To me, nothing else will be true 'pokemon' than those originals.


The new sprite artwork for this game is way beyond that of DPPt, big improvement.

@mreggsalad: agreed! pokemon red/blue, that's where it's at!


If you compare the gameplay mechanics of the old games to the new games you'll realise how broken the old games were. :laugh:

#9 Explore

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 08:47

Silver is my most favorite Pokemon game ever <3
I am defiantly getting Soul Silver for my DS (phat)

#10 forster

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 08:56

Im also pretty excited about this, I might pick up an XL just for ****s and giggles too.

#11 TheUndead

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 16:21

Already got my copy and can't seem to put it down!

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I just love this game! :woot:

NDS Game of the Year???

HELL YEAHHH!!! :laugh:

#12 thealexweb

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 16:26

It is a very good game from the looks of it.

#13 +Kondrath

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 16:29

I can't stop playing despite it's familiarity! Has any tried the wifi mini games yet?

#14 Azies

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 16:41

Have both HeartGold, and SoulSilver, and all the DS's suddenly have become occupied, so I'm waiting my turn to play it. lmao.

#15 Altima

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 16:42

They made a Pikachu DS?



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