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: 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.
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.
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
The Game Boy Color design gets a remake and a pack-in gadget. But does the core gameplay still hold up?
12 March 2010
Conclusion: Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver feels, at least to me, like a gap filler to make the wait for a new Pokemon game just a little more bearable. Gold and Silver are considered by many to be the best of the Pokemon RPG best, and it's easy to see why after playing this remake: it's still an addictive and fun adventure, fully compatible with all the versions of Pokemon made for the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. But, yes, it's a remake.
Summary: The original Gold and Silver games are fondly remembered by Pokémon fans all over the world, and with good reason: they introduced features that genuinely evolved the games. With breeding and an in-game clock – both since series staples – not to mention many fan-favourite monsters, these remakes were always going to be well received.