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  • Summary: Return to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessoryReturn to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessory allows players to take their favorite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Both games feature detailed graphics that spotlight the unique environments and hundreds of Pokémon that players can encounter and catch. Players can even see and interact with their favorite Pokémon outside of battle, selecting one from their team to follow behind them as they travel through the Johto region. [Nintendo] Expand
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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. AceGamez
    92
    An absolutely fantastic remake.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 3 out of 70
  1. Oct 27, 2012
    10
    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 Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2016
    10
    Pokemon Heartgold version is one of the best Pokemon games there is to date. Pokemon Heartgold revolutionized the Pokemon gaming industry. IfPokemon Heartgold version is one of the best Pokemon games there is to date. Pokemon Heartgold revolutionized the Pokemon gaming industry. If you want to start a Pokemon adventure, this is the game you should get! Expand
  3. Mar 5, 2019
    10
    This game is a blast! There is absolutely nothing wrong in this game! I played all generations of Pokemon-games and this is the best Edition.This game is a blast! There is absolutely nothing wrong in this game! I played all generations of Pokemon-games and this is the best Edition. Even it's a remake of gold/silver it contents a lot of great new stuff (for example: The first Pokemon of your team walks straight behind you) and also bewares the greatness of the original. The storyline with the "geisha-girls", the soundtrack, the overall Japanese-look, challenging gameplay and damn cool designs make this game to one of the best for the Nintendo DS in my opinion. Expand
  4. Mar 3, 2016
    9
    Pokemon HeartGold is a revisit to the Johto region. Along with many different expansive elements, such as the day/night cycle, battling gymPokemon HeartGold is a revisit to the Johto region. Along with many different expansive elements, such as the day/night cycle, battling gym leaders again on certain time based - events, Pokemon from different generations are available, its a giant love letter to the Gold and Crystal games.

    The world of Pokemon still continues to be expansive. I don't know how many hours I sunk into this game. I highly recommend it.
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  5. May 18, 2011
    9
    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. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2010
    9
    I played Gold and Silver before, and I can say that this is a big improvement and it has nostalgic values to it. The new system re-strategizesI played Gold and Silver before, and I can say that this is a big improvement and it has nostalgic values to it. The new system re-strategizes the game, making it an even better and harder than the older one. Expand
  7. Mar 31, 2019
    1
    Its a BAD pokemon game, not only that, but the only pokemon game that is bad, all others are at least ok. But this one is slow, bland, notIts a BAD pokemon game, not only that, but the only pokemon game that is bad, all others are at least ok. But this one is slow, bland, not inovative and they manage to make the few minigames weird and unplayable. Its also for the other game's looks what polar express is to reality, this ugliness makes the game even more boring than it adding nothing did. I saw some people praising it in the past but every time I looked up turned out to be some teenager who grew up when this one was new, in other words: if nostalgia and vanity over your own childhood are the only reasons you play a game, go for it but if you want a good game, play Firered, or really any other pokemon game. Expand

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