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 TM's can be used to teach a pokémon an attack. The description and stats of the move are displayed from the messenger.
Pokémon: HeartGold Version Nintendo DS The weather can effect battles. Strong sunlight increases the power of fire attacks.
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 Team Rocket has devised a gruesome scheme. The harvesting of a delicacy, the Slowpoke's tail. This limb will grow back but the pokémon surely suffers...

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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Gamers' Temple, The 2010 95 out of 100 95
Game and Player Apr 02, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Spazio Games Mar 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
videogamer.com Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Mar 24, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Digital Chumps Mar 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
That Gaming Site Mar 14, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN UK Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Mar 15, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85

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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 March 31, 2014).
Caelestis (4072) added Pokémon: HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS) on Jan 04, 2010