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.
Excerpt: It's absurd how many variations of the Pokemon role-playing games have been released since the series first hit the US in 1998. Most entries are launched in pairs with only minor differences between the two--typically in the form of unique Pokemon that must be traded between versions--and they're eventually followed up by a slightly slicker remake a few years later.
Pros: Pokewalker is an ingenious peripheral, A nice visual update to the original, Still addictive after a decade
Cons: It's the same old formula you've played before
Excerpt: Despite being well over the age of the target demographic of the Pokémon games, I still unabashedly glean an enjoyment from the games that borders on unhealthy – some around me have already determined my obsession with each game thus. But what do they know? They're not Pokémon masters. When I found that the newest entry in the series included a pedometer that raised my Pokémon while I walked around with it , my glee became a nearly kinetic force.
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