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Saturday, August 8, 2009

HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions

Since the dawn of, well, either the Johto Region or AdvancedGen, Pokemon fans everywhere have been waiting for a Gold and Silver remake. The call has been answered.

These games, called HeartGold and SoulSilver, scheduled for release on September 12, 2009 in Japan, will still focus largely on the original Second Generation games, but with a few DS-style additions. For example, the 'Poketch' in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum will be replaced with the returning 'PokeGear', quite similar to the Poketch.

Another DS-feature that will be included in this is the 'Amity Square' feature, a feature in which the desired Pokemon follows you around, similar, if not synonymous to the Pokemon Yellow feature in which Pikachu follows you around. To do this, you simply put the Pokemon of choice in the first slot, which will then follow you around everywhere you go. They will, like in Amity Square, find items and such. It is unknown if all Pokemon will be able to do this, as some Pokemon are not amphibious and cannot walk on land.

There is a 'PokeWalker', which is an external pedometer from the DS and will be used as a 'minigame' device. You can send Pokemon to the PokeWalker to gain experience points, find items, play minigames and battle Pokemon. This device will come with the purchase of a HeartGold and SoulSilver version.

But the 'remake' concept brings up an issue: what of the AdvanceGen games? With the DSi, these games will become obsolete, and thus prove unusable with the new DS games and later generations. Will they continue to make these remakes? If they do, they will leave out others that will become obsolete, such as FireRed and LeafGreen. They will have to re-remake these games, but that will break the cycle.

There is a solution that I came up with for dealing with this. Simply combine the games. RedRuby and BlueSapphire, for example. This would solve the problem, and make them able to keep going with other generations. However, this may take up too much space, and will have to wait for later consoles and cartridges for greater storing capacity. However, there may be a backlog of generations waiting to be made, causing for some serious problems.

All in all, I, along with true die-hard Pokemon fans are looking forward to this remake, but are wondering how they will fill this paradoxical hole.


  1. Isn't the Poketch more like the PokeGear that is also returning? The PokeWalker is outside of the game.

  2. I believe that the PokeGear is also returning. I should add that.