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Description

Pokémon HeartGold is an enhanced remake of one of the second installments in the Pokémon Main RPG Series, Pokémon Gold.

Set in the region of Johto, the player controls a new Pokémon Trainer on his/her way to meet up with Pokémon Researcher Professor Elm at his lab to receive his/her first Pokémon. While running an errand for Elm, the player returns to find that a thief has stolen one of the professor's Pokémon. This event starts your quest to becoming a Pokémon master, leading you through the region of Johto and later Kanto, to battle the mysterious Team Rocket and capture all 493 Pokémon.

Along with retaining most of the original game's features, HeartGold contains quite a few new updates. Like Gold the story will incorporate the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh (who can be seen on the game's box art), although this time in a bigger fashion. Graphics have been upgraded to 3D models to resemble the series previous Nintendo DS iterations, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. The ability to have any one of your Pokémon following you on the Overworld Screen which was limitedly seen in Pokémon Yellow has been added.

Included with the game is a peripheral known as the Pokéwalker. Acting as a pedometer, the Pokéwalker allows you to wirelessly transfer a Pokémon from HeartGold to it. When there is a Pokémon in the Pokéwalker it gains "experience points" for each step you take. The player also earns a form of money known as "watts", which is used to help catch other Pokémon and buy items.

The game is compatible with the following games via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection: Pokémon SoulSilver, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

Screenshots

Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Title screen.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS A pokéathalon mini-game. Played through the touchscreen. Touch the stones to break them before the pokémon fatigues.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS This cave is too dark! The entire screen will not be visible here unless a pokémon that knows the move "Flash" is available.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS The mythical pokémon Ho-oh appears when certain criteria are fulfilled.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon: Version Or HeartGold" -- French title
  • "Pokémon: Versione Oro HeartGold" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon: Goldene Edition HeartGold" -- German title
  • "Pokémon: Edición Oro HeartGold" -- Spanish title
  • "Pocket Monsters: HeartGold" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター ハートゴールド" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

WiiDSFrance Mar 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Apr 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
411mania.com Mar 20, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 26, 2010 17 out of 20 85
IGN Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GameFocus Apr 14, 2010 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamestyle 2010 8 out of 10 80
Level 7 Apr 07, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GamesRadar Mar 10, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Apr 13, 2010 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Regional Differences

Due to PEGI introducing stricter ratings guidelines for games that include gambling, the slot machines in the Goldenrod and Celadon Game Corners were replaced with a picross-like minigame called Voltorb Flip in all non-Japanese releases, even those that were not rated by PEGI. Korean releases also heavily altered the battle sprite used by Sage trainers, most likely for religious reasons.

Sales

According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon HeartGold Version together with SoulSilver Version sold 12.72 million copies worldwide (as of September 30, 2015).
Caelestis (4028) added Pokémon HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS) on Jan 04, 2010