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Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver: 10 reasons why fans will love it!

Find out why the new DS games will provide the definitive Pokémon experience

There's little over a month to go until Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver arrive in the UK. Here are ten reasons why we reckon they're set to provide the definitive Pokémon experience.

1 There are twice as many gyms

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum there are eight gym leaders to defeat throughout the game, as well as the Elite Four at the end. Since HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes of Gold and Silver on the Game Boy Color however, that's only half the story. The game's set in the Johto region this time around, and when you beat the Elite Four you're able to explore the entire Kanto region from Pokémon Red and Blue. This means another eight gym leaders, including Brock, Misty and the like. Then you have to fight a much stronger Elite Four again!

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2. You get a free Pokéwalker

Bundled with the game is a free Pokéwalker, a special pedometer you can beam a Pokémon into and walk around with in real life. As you walk more steps the Pokémon builds up watts of energy, and every time you get ten watts you can then use the Pokéradar to see if there are any wild Pokémon nearby. If so, you can battle them and capture them, all using the Pokéwalker, then beam everything back to your DS game.

3 Pokémon can follow you

Back in the days of Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu would follow you throughout the whole game, because it didn't like going in a Pokéball. In Diamond and Pearl, you could only bring a Pokémon out of its Pokéball and have it walk around with you when you visited Amity Square, and even then you were limited to a choice of 20 Pokémon. This time, from the very start of your adventure, you can choose any Pokémon in your party and have it walking alongside you, regardless of which one it is. Along the way it'll find berries and accessories too.

4 Hidden retro soundtracks

Naturally, music has come on in leaps and bounds since the Game Boy days so the HeartGold and SoulSilver soundtrack is greatly improved over that of the original games. Should you get very far into the game though, you'll eventually be presented with the GB Player - a special device that lets you flip between DS-style and old-school Game Boy music. Sweet.

5. The all-new Pokéthlon

North of Goldenrod City is the new Pokéthlon Dome, where the Pokéthlon is held. Four trainers compete at once, each with their own team of three Pokémon. It's essentially a collection of ten different mini-games in which you need to out-score and defeat your opponents in order to win. There's a snowball fight, a sumo-style contest, a sprint race and various others. Naturally, your Pokémon stats will affect how good they are in each event. Slowpoke's not going to be winning any races.

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6. Greatly improved audio and visuals

Obviously, if you played Gold and Silver the first time around you can expect HeartGold and SoulSilver to look considerably more lush. The game runs on the Pokémon Platinum engine, meaning that it looks like Diamond and Pearl for the most part but also has the odd little flourish, like fully animated battle sprites when you face off against the gym leaders. There are also some nice little ambient sound effects such as running water and rustling grass.

7. It links with Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

You're probably gutted at having to start all over again with a completely new team of Pokémon, having done all that work in Diamond or Pearl, and maybe even doing it all over again in Platinum. Thankfully HeartGold and SoulSilver are compatible with Diamond, Pearl and Platinum so (as long as you can find a spare DS) you can trade your Pokémon over. Naturally, you'll only be able to command the lower-level ones at first until you progress through the game.

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  1. Cunzy1 1 Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 13:28

    Yeah we will as well. Stupid fans.

  2. SilverLightning Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 14:09

    Release day purchase without question. Gold=favourite game of all time.

  3. Erdogan44 Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 15:25

    It'd be better if this game was one of the games to start to support WPA/2. >_>

  4. rusty_uk Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 17:30

    eee i'm so excited!
    even though the game basics are the same as always, gold/silver has definately been my favourites. now we'll have the best of both worlds; the best games with all the added extras :D

  5. Light Yagami Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 19:28

    The pokewalker isn't really free is it? The game is going to cost more than usual due to the slightly bigger bundle. Ł39.99 my local Game store told me.

  6. Looeef Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 19:29

    I pre ordered it for 30 pounds already i cant wait!

  7. jimbob555 Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 19:47

    I love how they list everything but the battle system.

    "No..That's not gonna be improved in anyway..!"

  8. madmajoraman Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 20:58

    I can't wait for this. I had gold originally, and went for heart gold as soon as I saw it. Gonna call my character GOLD like I did in the original too.

    Oh, and ONM, you forgot the greatest reason that fans will love it:

    11. Gold and Silver were the greatest pokemon games of all time.

  9. Echizen Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 22:04

    You'll eventually be presented with the GB Player - a special device that lets you flip between DS-style and old-school Game Boy music. Sweet.


    This game just doubled in awesomeness.
    *Goes to pre-order*

  10. Nelsonator15 Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 23:10

    I love how they list everything but the battle system.

    "No..That's not gonna be improved in anyway..!"

    Well it's no secret that the battle system is the same, 'cause it doesn't really need to improve. :)

    I may just get this game actually, although I don't play my DS half as much as I do my Wii. :D

  11. Wiiki Tuesday 23rd Feb 2010 at 23:31

    I think how unimportant many of those reasons are says it all.

  12. hellylovesrawk Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 at 14:29

    I've never played Pokemon gold or silver on the g.b.c.

    Just wondering if the Kanto region is laid out the same way in Heartgold and Soulsilver as it is in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow?

    Can't wait for the new game.

    Roll on March 26th!! :D
    (The day before I turn eighteen as luck would have it)

  13. sgu07dh Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 at 15:29

    I've never played Pokemon gold or silver on the g.b.c.

    Just wondering if the Kanto region is laid out the same way in Heartgold and Soulsilver as it is in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow?

    Can't wait for the new game.

    Roll on March 26th!! :D
    (The day before I turn eighteen as luck would have it)

    They were almost identical except for a few caves/tunnels and viridian forest were different/not accessable

    I'm seriously contmplating getting Heartgold want to playwith cyndaquil, mareep, spinarak and wooper all over again

  14. JCEW15 Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 at 19:30

    I got Soulsilver, I hope heartgold is better soulsilver was ok but it was to sort :mrgreen:

  15. hoshixcandy Wednesday 24th Feb 2010 at 23:17

    For all those geeky kids who played Silver or Gold, or even Crystal after Red and Blue, here's one reason for you to get the remakes.

    Nostalgia rush, and just having a game that won't go corrupt because of the time!! : D (Sad, my silver file's internal clock died)

  16. MirandaS Friday 26th Feb 2010 at 18:16

    The best drug: Nostalgia

  17. Shadowdragonica Sunday 28th Feb 2010 at 13:19

    i cant wait for it to come out!!!
    I traded in 2 old games consoles especially so that i cud afford it wen it comes out!!

    HURRY UP MARCH 26th!!!!! :twisted:

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