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Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver Interview

Game Freak answer our questions about HeartGold/SoulSilver

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver may be remakes of ten-year old Pokémon games but this pair of adventures are two of the most exciting releases of the year. You see, not only are Game Freak reaching out to Pokémon fans who loved the originals but by adding elements from Pokémon Platinum they have also created the ultimate Pokémon adventures. This was something the chaps at Game Freak were keen to point out during our exclusive interview.

Answering our questions were Shigeki Morimoto, the director of HeartGold/SoulSilver who has been with Game Freak from the beginning; Junichi Masuda, the producer of HG/SS who has been involved with Pokémon since the first game; and Shigeru Ohmori, Game Freak's planner who is responsible for game design.

They answered our questions honestly, telling us why they remade Gold and Silver, if they would consider reinventing the series and why everyone should buy HeartGold/SoulSilver!

ONM: Why did you decide to remake these Pokémon games in particular and did you realise how much love fans have for the originals?

Shigeki Morimoto
Shigeki Morimoto
Shigeki Morimoto: It has been ten years since Gold and Silver launched and we felt it was the best timing to create remakes since there are more people who have not played the original Game Boy titles.

The originals are loved by fans because we believe we added so much fun gameplay that we couldn't when we created Red and Green (Red and Blue outside of Japan).

Junichi Masuda: It was our second major release and I think the new gameplay we added was more extensive than players expected. I also believe adding the Kanto Region played a big role in why it's a fan favourite.

ONM: Why did you introduce the Pokéwalker? Do you think it will make Pokémon fans more active?

Shigeru Ohmori
Shigeru Ohmori
Shigeru Ohmori: Pokémon Pikachu (a Pikachu-themed pedometer) went on sale at the same time as Gold and Silver. We thought those who played Gold and Silver had great memories of both. That's what influenced us to think about including it in the game.

The Pokéwalker is different from Pocket Pikachu. You can walk with any Pokémon you like. I really enjoy seeing what Pokémon other players travel with.

Shigeki Morimoto: I think it will make Pokémon fans more active. Many of my friends told me they bring their Pokéwalker with them any time they go out.

ONM: Pokémon haven't followed the main character around for the whole game since Pokémon Yellow Version. Why did you decide to reintroduce this?

Shigeki Morimoto: In the new games, I wanted to make the Pokémon world richer and having a variety of Pokémon with you throughout the journey helps achieve that.

ONM: Pokémon is now over 15 years old. In that time have you ever considered reinventing the series or do you think fans like the fact that it's familiar?

Junichi Masuda
Junichi Masuda
Junichi Masuda: If we thought totally reinventing the series would be attractive enough, we would definitely try. But, if we want to simply try something new, then, I just add those ideas to a new series. (laugh) I always try to create a game that anybody, including those who have never played before, can enjoy.

Shigeki Morimoto: I consider every possibility. I think the games need something familiar combined with new elements.

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  1. The Rhythmatist Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 16:17

    I'll play it all weekend, only stopping for food.
    It's gonna be great :D .

  2. Gothic_Geek Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 16:23

    I loved Gold and Silver to pieces when I was younger, and so will be definitely picking up HG or SS in July (because of exams I don't have time to play a 100 hour long game at the moment! :cry: )

  3. 142520452213 Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 16:26

    Add the two people together and what do you get? Shiguru Morimoto. Remind you of anyone?

    I will be getting these, but not the 5th Gen. I might get the inevitable upgrade though. They seemed to be evading the questions as well, I still don't understand why there is a pokéwalker involved, or why there is a pokémon following all the time. But I'm glad they did.

  4. Somax Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 17:05

    I have waited almost a year for this game...and I'll play it all the time... :D

  5. Ai64 Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 18:03

    Great interview. I played the gold version numerous times years ago. I can't wait for soulsilver.

  6. Sonic Freak Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 18:47

    This was the first video game i ever played back on the game boy colour. It was my sisters then. Ahhh the memories. I always loved going in that lighthouse. And me and my sis thought it was impossible to go through that ice cave, but when we did it we were over the moon!

  7. Locarii Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 19:59

    Glad to see they aren't thinking about a major redo of the series. I play pokemon because its pokemon and the key elements are they same every time, and reminds me of the old days =) They are totally right, if they want to do a big change, they can just make another game, just look at pokemon ranger.

  8. shadow.x Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 21:47

    AHHHHH i juss cannot wait for this!!!!! im sooooooooo excited !!!!!Cant stop shakin uncontrollably, lol

  9. Matt140 Thursday 25th Mar 2010 at 22:50

    Got mine today, you guys are gonna love this game!

    The graphics are tremendously smooth (although the Pokémart signs get a bit buggy when they're near trees).

  10. Religion0 Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 07:35

    I think it sounds neat and can't wait to get my copy! :D

    But at the same time, I have to wonder about the titles. Why HeartGold and SoulSilver? I've heard the expression "(s)he has a heart of gold" but never a "silver soul".

  11. radish head Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 07:40

    Got mine yesterday - is super awesome :D

  12. Dragonfree97 Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 15:11


    But at the same time, I have to wonder about the titles. Why HeartGold and SoulSilver? I've heard the expression "(s)he has a heart of gold" but never a "silver soul".

    It's to do with some anime theme a few years back, I thnk it's Battle Frontier

  13. blublur101 Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 15:38

    Add the two people together and what do you get? Shiguru Morimoto. Remind you of anyone?

    I will be getting these, but not the 5th Gen. I might get the inevitable upgrade though. They seemed to be evading the questions as well, I still don't understand why there is a pokéwalker involved, or why there is a pokémon following all the time. But I'm glad they did.

    i was gonna say that thing about shiguru morimito! :lol:

  14. madmajoraman Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 18:06

    These are definately the ultimate pokemon games, they far surpass pokemon platinum version. I hope all of the new features (following pokemon etc) will stay in the future games though, and the next gen won't go back a few steps like r/s/e did.

  15. ShadowofPain Friday 26th Mar 2010 at 21:30

    Nice work catching Ho-oh Chris! How did you get it? I got mine through hours of work in Pokemon Colosseum. It was so worth it though :D

  16. Shigeru Saturday 27th Mar 2010 at 09:56

    Just as I've been saying all along, the Pokewalker was inspired by the original Pocket Pikachu. Yes they could have made it in full color, but it adds more nostalgia in black & white.

  17. NEO.BAHAMUT Sunday 28th Mar 2010 at 08:18

    Pokemon got compared to a meal! :lol: :lol:

    That's just low. :lol:

  18. poggydoggy Sunday 28th Mar 2010 at 13:54

    Wow. Just got the new pokemon today. Epic Win =). Nintendo, I love you, Game Freak, keep up the good work and ROCK ON! 8)

  19. lazerwolf96 Sunday 28th Mar 2010 at 15:32

    Wow! this is gonna b great! i can just tell.

    LUV U NINTENDO + GAMEFREAK!!!

  20. Light Yagami Monday 29th Mar 2010 at 07:12

    Just finished the pokemon league for the second time and beat Red. Now I can slow things down a bit and play it properly haha.

  21. Jophis Tuesday 30th Mar 2010 at 00:06

    This was the first video game i ever played back on the game boy colour. It was my sisters then. Ahhh the memories. I always loved going in that lighthouse. And me and my sis thought it was impossible to go through that ice cave, but when we did it we were over the moon!

    ICE CAVE!! NOOOO!!!! WHY DID I BUY THIS GAME!? :cry: :cry: :cry:

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