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Hello Undertoads, now we all know I've played the majority of the pokemons from my past
reviews but my favorites in the whole series were the gold and silver generation pokemon
games as far as mechanics and what not. Well this year for the Nintendo DS, developers
decided to get together and revamp the two classics from the year 2000 and give them
more dimension, literally. And you're also given a fancy new feature called a poke walker.
Pokemon HeartGold for the DS is spectacular and it's exciting to me getting to play this
game again in a non-flat world. The graphics that had once been still reflect in the user
interface but now everything pops out at you. Again you start this game just as any other
Pokemon where you have 3 Pokemon to choose from and in this game you're asked to take
either Cyndiquil, Chicorita, or Totodile. I always go with Cyndiquil in these games
and wouldn't have it any other way. I love watching it evolve later on into a Typhlosion.
Now you are in contact with professor elm and after choosing the Pokémon you'd like
you're off on your adventure to be a Pokémon master yet again. The formula for these games
is the only downside and upside. Downside because it's something where playing one Pokémon
game lets you know exactly how the others are going to start and flow like but upside
because the game is extremely addicting still to this day.
Now the world of Johto is beautiful to explore again this time around because you can actually
take some time to appreciate the graphics in this re-make of the game. Combat in this
is the same as any other Pokémon game as far as battles but now you're using your stylus
a lot more if you choose to instead of your buttons on the right side of your handheld.
The organization of your packs also seems to be even more simplified then the original
gold and silver already made it as to previous versions like blue and red. Icons representing
the different pouches in your bag are easy to depict so that you can quickly choose from
your super potions to your tms and hms.
Now the poke walker you're given is actually a physical piece of property with the game
that is shaped just like a poke ball and has a screen on it in the middle. This little
genius piece of technology allows one to carry a Pokémon they'd like to level up on their
side and the steps they take help that Pokémon grow. You can connect the poke walker back
with your ds after using it or before and it allows you to take or give that Pokémon
back to your game for use. I think this was one of the most helpful steps they took in
any of the Pokémon games.
Does anyone remember how Pikachu would always follow you around in yellow because he didn't
like being in a poke ball? Well I sure do, and in Heart Gold your Pokémon doesn't hate
being in a ball but it will be alongside you as you walk to whatever road you take in Johto.
Again the formula for Pokémon’s are all pretty repetitive there are always vanity
Pokémon to get throughout the game though on top of the ones you already are collecting.
In gold and silver they always had, ho-oh and lugia as well as the lovely legendary
dogs. Pokemon heart gold makes it a lot easier to track these dogs then it was in regular
gold for the Gameboy Color because you now can see little icons of the dogs and where
they're currently running after seeing them so that you have a better chance of catching
these beautiful beasts.
Furthermore Pokemon hasn't changed much over the years except for the additions and numbers
but I'm glad they remade this game because I still have yet to play Pokémon black or
white and I'm a little intimidated actually and feel old because the Pokémon in gold
and silver games were the last ones to come out during my age of Pokémon. But I know
I will eventually concur that fear because let's face it, ya gotta catch em all.