Couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to get my hands on all kinds of cool Nintendo games, one of them being Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver for the DS. The same company that has made ALL of the Pokémon games for the last 10 years brings you an enhanced version of the original release and has a ton of fun things that will bring out the “Oh, Neato!” in any adult.  

Where to start?

According to Nintendo, “Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the beloved original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago. The richly detailed adventure of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver is now enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems with updated graphics and sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises. Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version bring dozens of Pokémon characters back into the limelight for a new Pokémon generation - and longtime fans - to catch, train and battle.”

So what does this mean? It means there’s TONS of fun stuff to explore and play with!

Heart Gold/Soul Silver is the 1st game where your Pokémon is not only outside the Pokéball, but walks alongside and can communicate with you as well. There are 17 types of elements (rock, flying, dark, psychic, to name a few) to choose from because when it comes to battle because size doesn’t matter, it’s all about the element. 

Heart gold

Other fun stuff includes:

Pokégear – Multifunctional item includes a radio with hints, tips and a music channel with songs for waking (Pokémon March) or for calming one down (Pokémon Serenade)

Pokédex –inventory menu

Pokémon PC –storage area

In game cell phone – as you defeat monsters, you exchange numbers with trainers…the best part is that you also have a “Mother” who will call you to give you tips or will call other trainers to tell you to call home. 

Both versions also have most of the Pokémon from all games to compensate for new fans and because the game is all about collecting and trading, you’re also encouraged to trade your internationally. The great part about that is that those particular Pokémon’s names will be translated according to country.  And once you catch them, you can rename them…FUN!

But this was the thing that made me say “Ooh! What’s that??”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Pokéwalker.

Pokéwalker works like a pedometer, it powers whatever Pokémon you decided to load that day (Can only hold one at a time, though. Sorry, gang!) and as you go about your day, that particular one will power up. You can also transfer Pokémon and items both from and to your DS. This particular feature may be a great way for parents and kids can compromise during times/places where playing with your DS (Church, School) might be a smidge inappropriate. Kid can download the monster, Mom can toss Pokéwalker into her bag, the monster gets energy boost…everybody wins!

I gotta admit, I’m really curious to try this out on my own DSi. When the rep asked me if I had any questions, I grinned and jokingly said ‘Yeah, can I have a review copy? Heh heh’

Check out some gameplay footage!

Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver will be available for the DS on March 14, 2010

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