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Pokémon HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS)

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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.

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Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS A level up is, most naturally, accompanied with a stat increase.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS A pokédex entry. Height, weight, footprint... I hear this creature has the most savage heart of all the pokémon.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Another pokéathalon game, snowball fight! Flick snow at the rival teams.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Dual battles can be fought where four pokémon fight. I had a victory, good thing I'm sending some of my money to mom.

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon Version Or HeartGold" -- French title
  • "Pokémon Goldene Edition HeartGold" -- German title
  • "ポケットモンスター ハートゴールド" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

NintendoWorldReport Mar 28, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
NZGamer Apr 06, 2010 9.4 out of 10 94
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
N-Europe Apr 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Apr 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid Mar 14, 2010 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.es Apr 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Digital Chumps Mar 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameFocus Apr 14, 2010 8.3 out of 10 83

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Caelestis (3934) added Pokémon HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS) on Jan 04, 2010