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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. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Jan 20, 2012
    10
    I love the indoors of each gyms they are fantastic. The pokemons which we loved in the 2000s are back. with exploding graphics. PokemonI love the indoors of each gyms they are fantastic. The pokemons which we loved in the 2000s are back. with exploding graphics. Pokemon soulsilver is much better than heartgold. Since you can catch Lugia which is stronger than Ho-Oh. 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. Mar 12, 2013
    10
    Even over 10 years later and as a graduate student this game is still addicting. Video games aren't what they used to be and it has been manyEven over 10 years later and as a graduate student this game is still addicting. Video games aren't what they used to be and it has been many years since I've been truly addicted to and/or immersed in a video game (the only other one has been Skyrim). When I picked this game up I didn't get bored of it until over 100 hours in (who would think that a DS game or a Pokemon game could hold my attention that long?) It's not just a remake of a fantastic game, but a whole new experience with many new Pokemon to catch and an abundance of side content and additional features a must buy if you have ever liked Pokemon video games. Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2017
    10
    Graphics -10
    Music - 8
    Story - 8 Gameplay - 10 Content - 10 Personal Fun - 10 A Remake of the first video game i ever played. It was
    Graphics -10
    Music - 8
    Story - 8
    Gameplay - 10
    Content - 10
    Personal Fun - 10

    A Remake of the first video game i ever played. It was very well done.
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  5. Jan 21, 2012
    10
    Playing this game was pure nostalgia for me. I haven't played a Pokemon game in a while because I'm tired of playing the same game over andPlaying this game was pure nostalgia for me. I haven't played a Pokemon game in a while because I'm tired of playing the same game over and over again, but when I heard they were releasing a remake of one of my fondest games as a child I went out and bought it. I'm pleased to report that it didn't disappoint either. I highly recommend this game, especially to those who grew up playing it. Expand
  6. May 17, 2018
    9
    I have a confession to make: I’ve never played the original pokemon gold, silver, or crystal versions. I know, its strange, especiallyI have a confession to make: I’ve never played the original pokemon gold, silver, or crystal versions. I know, its strange, especially considering I am a huge pokemon fan. But thankfully, the DS remakes, heartgold and soulsilver, are just as good, if not better than the originals. They are essentially just the original gold, silver and crystal but with the gen 3 and gen 4 pokemon added in during the post game, and given the same graphical style as my favorite pokemon game, pokemon platinum. As for everything else, well, its pokemon, and I’m sure you all know how pokemon works, so I don’t think I need to get into that. The only issues with I have with this game are merely nitpicks, such as HM’s like cut and whirlpool being required at many points. Overall, though, pokemon soulsilver gets a 9/10. It’s without a doubt one of the best game in the series and is also a fantastic game in its own right. If you have not played it yet, FIX THAT IMMEDIATELY!!! Expand
  7. Oct 27, 2018
    1
    Highly overrated. It's unfortunate to me to say it but it just doesn't stand the test of time: the charm, style, music and design of theHighly overrated. It's unfortunate to me to say it but it just doesn't stand the test of time: the charm, style, music and design of the original GSC games is completely absent, replaced by safe, boring music that's not even a fraction of how memorable the original was, generic sprites and an ugly overworld that doesnt make good use of what the ds could do. Worse: it has good aditions actually locked away through events that are now impossible to get, entire story bits no less that could have made the game better and more unique, not just event pokemon. The level scaling is also made worse than before despite the aditions its gen had.
    I recommend Crystal instead for the better Johto experience unless you really want the pokewalker app (nowadays hard to get) or want to transfer your cyndaquil to newer games.
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