Excerpt: What is it about the Pokémon series that draws players back time and time again? Aside from improved graphics and a few new features, the formula hasn't changed since the original Red and Blue games from 1996. Regardless of this fact, the weeks leading up to the DS remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver have been a frenzied blur of excitement.
Excerpt: If you’ve ever played a "main" Pokémon game on any of Nintendo’s handhelds, you’ve got a good idea of what to expect from Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver. For those unfamiliar with the operations of the Pokémon franchise. Pokémon games usually come in pairs with a third version of the game coming a bit later as something of an intermingling of the games it was made off of.
Excerpt: If you've stumbled across this review for Nintendo's latest dual entry in the long-running and ever-addictive Pokemon series, Heart Gold/Soul Silver, consider yourself lucky. As a change of pace, I've decided to bring in a special consultant to make this review as complete and well rounded as possible.
Summary: Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago, now enhanced for the NDS(i) with updated graphics/sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises.
Excerpt: Life can really burn you up, If you're a Poké-maniac! My god, honestly, how many Pokémon games have there been so far? Colors, metals , jewels , followed by pinball and cards and puzzle games ... probably a dating sim, I don't really know for sure (but really, why not?). It's amazing how long the series has lasted, and with consistantly good games in the line. See, Army Men ? It is possible to have a hundred games come out without going stale!
Pros: Overhauled to near-perfection, Graphically gorgeous, Pokéwalker is actually worthwhile!, Online play is stable and available, Online mini-games available but lackluster, Battles could use an overhaul
Summary: Nintendo has revived the Game Boy Color classics Pokemon Gold and Silver for the DS with Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver. While the biggest changes are cosmetic, the core gameplay withstands the test of time, and delivers a great Pokemon update for today's contemporary handhelds.
Pros: Tons of collectibles and gadgets, Strong pacing, Online battling and trading
Cons: Only four attack choices per creature, Recycled features from Pokemon Platinum, Silly dialogue