Pokemon HeartGold Version DS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 59
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 59
  3. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are - up until now - the definitive versions of the series. It's the complete package, that includes the best from the original Gold and Silver games, the third and fourth generations innovations, a few new surprises and an awesome bonus, the Pokéwalker. It's the DS's best, and it's for everyone.
  2. HeartGold and SoulSilver are remakes, that’s true, but the quality here is capable to impress those who played the original as the ones that enter this world for the first time.
  3. Nintendo Power
    With its bevy of new features and improvements, old-school Pokemon fans will love this return to Johto, and if you've been dismissing this series as "kids stuff" all this time, this is an ideal opportunity to redeem yourself and see what all the fuss is about. [Apr 2010, p.84]
  4. Let yourself get the itch, and you'll be constantly amazed as the game's hour count ticks higher and higher with no end in sight.
  5. To me, these games are without a doubt the strongest in the series, as they are refined, familiar, and awesome. It will rekindle nostalgia for Gold and Silver in longtime players, while drawing in new or lapsed players just as easily. It's more than just a remake; it is the best Pokémon game to date.
  6. 95
    In short, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are excellent remakes of the Gold and Silver pair of games.
  7. It may not be too revolutionary but this is by far the biggest, most packed Pokemon yet. [Mar 2010, p.67]
  8. AceGamez
    An absolutely fantastic remake.
  9. 91
    But it's a refined experience, and HeartGold/SoulSilver is easily the best Pokémon game yet.
  10. Even if you have played the original games and your a fan of the series, you'll get a huge kick of this new facelift and new players won't be disadvantaged either.
  11. While it is, at its core, the same game that you've played many years ago, it still manages to feel new and the updated features bolster the original experience in a manner that never intrudes and only enhances. Put short, this is a lot of fun and something that a huge amount of DS owners should look into.
  12. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver have finally been given the remake they deserve.
  13. 90
    Add in the ingenious PokeWalker, and it's clear that this is a perfect experience for both old-school trainers and the newest generation of Pokemon fans.
  14. Despite a few frustrations, this is easily one of the most addictive role-playing games on the DS, and catching, battling, raising, and breeding Pokémon could keep you occupied for months. There has never been a better time to catch them all.
  15. With HeartGold and SoulSlver the Pokémon series has reached a point where it can't get any better. It's like a level 100 Pikachu; it's as good as it can possibly be, but it's probably about time it evolved already.
  16. Although they fail to push the series forward with any true innovations, they excel at retooling now almost obsolete titles into must-haves for fans.
  17. 90
    This is one of the most engrossing experiences you will find on the market at this time, and the game is still so addictive, so well-formed and lengthy as ever, only with the refinements of modern games slotted in seamlessly.
  18. We have seen the adventure before, but this time everything feels polished, even though the sound is getting old. The menu is simple and touch works like a charm. The best Pokémon ever.
  19. Pokemon Heartgold (and obviously Soulsilver) is simply the best game in the Pokemon franchise and on the Nintendo Ds. The new features (in particular the Pokewalker) and the fascinating region of Johto overcomes the issues of an old gameplay and incongruous plot.
  20. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver is by far the biggest and the best Pokémon game.
  21. If you’re a Pokemon fanatic, the kind that has bought every last iteration Nintendo has released, then you’ve most likely already purchased either Heartgold/SoulSilver. However, if you’ve only dabbled in the series, it’s still highly recommended you give one of these two a try.
  22. This is not only the greatest game yet in the Pokémon franchise, but also one of the best you can purchase right now for the Nintendo DS.
  23. They combine everything that was best about the older Pokemon games - namely, the more likeable monster designs and inventive spirit - with the much-improved looks and streamlined battle system of the fourth-generation ones.
  24. If you’re going to put your heart and soul into just one Pokémon game, put it into this.
  25. There is not a doubt in my mind: Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the pinnacle of the entire series. If you are no longer interested in Pokemon, you should still give it a shot for nostalgic purposes. If you enjoy Pokemon, the $40 price tag is chump change.
  26. The best Pokemon game so far. Combines the addictive elements of the originals with the latest graphics to great effect. Just don't mention the Pokewalker.
  27. I think it's great that Nintendo is offering an incentive to kids to get them moving with the Pokéwalker. That's pretty much the only thing new happening with HeartGold, everything else is typically addicting of the Pokémon series.
  28. games(TM)
    A time-sink that can devour more life than Monster Hunter and Disgaea combined. [Issue#95, p.118]
  29. If you've ever had the slightest urge to hit the road and snag some Pokémon, then this is the perfect game for you.
  30. While it’s not really anything new, it provides a chunky stop-gap in lieu of a real new Pokemon title. Playing it, you’ll get the sense that Gamefreak are rehashing the classics to get their crosshairs tuned for the next generation of Pokemon.
  31. Games Master UK
    It's still the Pokemon you know and love - and handheld entertainment of the highest order. [Apr 2010, p.78]
  32. Nintendo Gamer
    The Pokemon formula stays unchanged, but Gold and Silver remain our favourites. Essential for Johto newcomers and veterans. [Mar 2010, p.94]
  33. So many times we have heard speaking of Pokémon as a game for children, a B-series RPG. So false. Whoever spent a few hours on any issue of the franchise will surely agree on the excellent quality of one of the best and most addictive RPGs on the market. Too bad it keeps recycling itself: HeartGold and SoulSilver are the best issues in the series but at the same time they do not offer anything really new to newcomers and old fans, aside for a cute device.
  34. Without any doubt, Heart Gold & Soul Silver are the best pokemon games this far. The Pokewalker add a nice twist in the main formula.
  35. You can‘t do anything wrong with buying this game. Also it‘s almost the same concept like in the other Pokémon games.
  36. 85
    The Pokewalker is the Pokemon equivalent of the free prize inside a cereal box: you might find yourself buying it for the gadget than the game itself, but it's the game itself that contains all the deliciousness.
  37. Even though the classic Pokémon formula still works as evidenced by HeartGold, I can’t help but hope for a new Pokémon title that breaks some new ground.
  38. An absolute must for Pokemon fans, HeartGold and SoulSilver is also a great introduction into the series for the new crowd. The craze that is Pokemon marches on.
  39. 85
    If you've never been impressed with Pokémon games the newest entries will likely not change your mind, but if you enjoy visiting the world time and again and wouldn't mind revisiting the land of Johto, you can't go wrong with Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
  40. Pokémon HeartGold/ SoulSilver is very good remake of the best Pokémon-game ever and brings a superb adventure.
  41. 85
    Whether you're an old-school trainer or a newbie to the world of Pokémon, you'll be hard pressed to find a portable role-playing experience as engrossing as Pokémon: Heart Gold/Soul Silver.
  42. It's the perfect game to jump into the series with if you're a newcomer, and the updates and new content are enough to keep veterans satisfied.
  43. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver do the series justice, and proves to the gaming community that the franchise will never die out in popularity, no matter how many variations are released.
  44. As Pokemon games go, it's definitely the most polished version yet and the new additions all add up to make the overall experience even more enjoyable.
  45. HeartGold and SoulSilver are undeniable rehashes, but Nintendo’s signature polish and the Pokewalker make it easy to overlook the recycling. It’s hard to argue with a gameplay formula that still manages to be fun 15 years after the fact, but as usual, there’s little here to draw new players into the franchise.
  46. 80
    Even though most of the presentation and general gameplay hasn't changed much from previous Pokemon adventures, both HeartGold and SoulSilver have an adequate amount of content, online and off, to keep you exploring until the next sequel arrives.
  47. 80
    The original Gold and Silver are getting a bit long in the tooth, but a decade of extra gameplay polish makes HeartGold and SoulSilver extremely appealing. The games are next-gen nostalgia done right.
  48. The gameplay is refined and polished to a mirror shine, and traipsing through the lovingly rendered regions of Johto and Kanto brings with it a fond nostalgia that few other games manage to evoke.
  49. Pokémon Heart Gold is a really well made remake of the old Pokémon Gold, arguably the best game in the series. Though Nintendo wouldn't be Nintendo if they didn't change things, other than the graphics, for the better. With the Pokéwalker and a series of mini games, Pokémon Heart Gold is the most fun I've had with the pocket monsters in years, but the series has been more or less unchanged since the very beginning, and things start to feel a little bit outdated.
  50. 80
    Pokémon HeartGold is an addictive game. There's plenty to do and lots of secrets to uncover.
  51. It would be all too easy to grumble at the series for the supposed lack of innovation since its inception all those years ago. However, this game is a textbook example of why people keep coming back to it; it’s fun, addictive and a resounding social experience to be shared in any way possible.
  52. A funky little pocket peripheral adds a fun new twist to a dated formula.
  53. By now Nintendo have mastered the art of crafting Pokemon adventures that are utterly addictive and thoroughly enjoyable. The additions to the formula are minor, as always, but the ability to improve your Pokémons by means of simply walking about in real life, monitored by the bundled step counter. With years of refinement to the formula and a health promoting accessory this may very well be the best game in the series yet.
  54. The absurd number of things to do after the main quest has been completed almost makes the adventure feel like a side-mission to a much grander story that unfolds as you dig deeper into the goodies that lie buried after the first 8 badges.
  55. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Pocket monsters with same concept of collectors RPG can still offer a lot of fun and you can’t quit until you catch ‘em all. [Issue#191]
  56. Pokémon SoulSilver and HeartGold are good role playing games. Only the lack of originality will offend some players. In the end, these remakes are pretty much the best and most balanced Pokémon-games out there.
  57. Although the gyms and Johto region remain unaltered, the game has plenty of new features to make the experience feel fresh for even the most seasoned Pokémon trainer.
  58. The biggest drawback in HG and SS is without a doubt the random encounters.
  59. This version might very well be the best of the series since the original Red and Blue, with a completely engrossing world, ability to link and trade to earlier versions as far back as the GBA (no version of the DS reads the original Game Boy carts, so SOL on that front... but do you really want that Missingno you caught so badly?) and a few amusing – if lackluster – online games on top of being able to battle any of your friends anywhere.

Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
#4 Most Shared DS Game of 2010
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 229 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Oct 27, 2012
    Pokemon Gold on the Gameboy colour was the first Pokemon game I have played and I also consider it my favourite out of all of them. GettingPokemon Gold on the Gameboy colour was the first Pokemon game I have played and I also consider it my favourite out of all of them. Getting an upgraded version of the best Pokemon game ever was a godsend. HeartGold captures what made Gold so great and with a 4th Generation upgrade, it was even better than I imagined. Out of all the 5 generations of Pokemon, nothing has ever topped the 2nd Generation in my eyes and this game proves it. This game is just complete. Good story, addicting gameplay, huge amounts of content and endless replay value - all needed for the ultimate Pokemon game Full Review »
  2. May 18, 2011
    Though it won't win the series as many Pokefans as the originals did in the '90s, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are handy additions to theThough it won't win the series as many Pokefans as the originals did in the '90s, Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are handy additions to the franchise. Pros: Variety of Pokemon to catch and places to explore; wireless battling and trading; Pokewalker. Cons: Formulaic; some of the rewritten gameplay or dialogue is ridiculous. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pokemon Crystal/Gold/Silver Version was nice, but the graphics didn't really help it. Now, we have the perfect Johto adventure: the remake of the awesome second generation. The second game of the series usually is the worst, but not here, friend. The story of the game is fantastic, like any other Pokemon game (it's incredible, they never let us down), the Pokemon are creative (the only problem is that it's kind of boring to get all of them, because of the day-night system) and the graphics are SO good. It's basically the second generation with the fourth generation's graphics, which, in my opinion, are the best (I'm sorry, I just can't really play 3d games of Pokemon). For me, the best part is that you can go to Kanto and fight against Red, the main character of the awesome first Pokemon game (too bad I can't find it in MetaCritic :P). In total, you can get six-freaking-teen badges, what probably makes Pokemon HeartGold the most complete game of the series. It's an EXTREMELY entertaining game, and I would recommend it for all ages. An awesome Pokemon game, as always. Full Review »