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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. Positive: 49 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 0 out of 49
  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. 94
    Pokemon games are getting deeper, more complex and ever more exciting with each iteration. The only thing to do is keep catching em all. It would be rude not to.
  3. Longtime Pokémon fans will latch on to this title just as much as they did the previous entries, but at the same time, SoulSilver doesn't offer up much for players who find the Pokémon formula to be stale.
  4. 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.
  5. Even though the classic Pokémon formula still works as evidenced by SoulSilver, 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. 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.

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  2. Negative: 4 out of 87
  1. May 22, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A lot of effort went into adding nice little gimmicks here and there - it adds up nicely to compliment the experience. The graphics are decent and puts the Johto region into a better, more interesting perspective. When certain areas are entered, there is some interesting art that illustrates the environment and adds character. The music, like the music in the original game, is excellent and memorable. You can even listen to the tracks from the originals themselves! The story length is, well... you get to collect 16 Gym Badges as opposed to the traditional 8, so in that way the storyline is already unique. The only thing that's not exactly satisfactory is the leveling... it's pretty much like the original where everything is a under-leveled. At first, I didn't like it, but then I realized it doesn't really matter, since everyone is low-leveled. Since, however, Red's Pokemon are such a higher level, increasing the level of everything more wouldn't have hurt. Nonetheless, this game is a masterpiece - an impressive remake and possibly the best Pokemon game. Expand
  2. Jan 21, 2011
    10
    There has already been a ton of great things said about this game so Ill make it short and sweet.

    This game is a remake of what many
    There has already been a ton of great things said about this game so Ill make it short and sweet.

    This game is a remake of what many believe to be the best pokémon game of all time. The amount of features and game play found in the original was staggering for a Game boy Color game and Heart Gold and Soul Silver retain all that made it's 2000 counter-part great, as well as including all of features introduced since. Really, the most complete pokémon game to date, a great value for your money, and a great throw back to the golden age of the franchise. The best Pokémon game ever and a Reason to pick up a Nintendo DS.
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  3. Oct 22, 2020
    10
    Literally, the best game on the ds this game is better than the new super Mario bros ds I literally have 40 hours of gameplay so far and ILiterally, the best game on the ds this game is better than the new super Mario bros ds I literally have 40 hours of gameplay so far and I still have a ton of the game left to explore the sound is pretty good also it's not the best but it's very nostalgic. I really don't recommend running this game on a computer as an emulator trust me it's a crappy feeling it feels way better to play it on a 3ds/2ds. Expand
  4. Aug 3, 2013
    10
    by far the best ds game I have ever played. there are 4 evenly spread generations of pokemon, LOADS upon loads of content, and to top it offby far the best ds game I have ever played. there are 4 evenly spread generations of pokemon, LOADS upon loads of content, and to top it off TWO REGIONS! this game is virtually flawless and certainly worth the money to play it if your a pokemon fan. 10/10 Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2022
    10
    Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver are the definitions of the perfect Pokemon game. Having a massive national dex, two regions to explore, fixesPokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver are the definitions of the perfect Pokemon game. Having a massive national dex, two regions to explore, fixes to physical/special attacks, new typings and a story you can’t get attached too. This was all followed up by the Generation 4’s mesmerising soundtrack which can be played in the 8-bit tone of a Gameboy Colour. These games are truely masterpieces! Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2022
    9
    The beautiful, fun, definitive experience of the back then definitive pokemon game. It is just a little slow in battle.
  7. May 31, 2022
    0
    The greatest Pokemon game ever made, except for the fact that it took the all blue female lead option and replaced her with generic skin 130.The greatest Pokemon game ever made, except for the fact that it took the all blue female lead option and replaced her with generic skin 130. So really the worst Pokemon game ever made. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
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