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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 directional puzzle challenge in the final gym.
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Info about where a pokémon was caught, who caught it, its temperament, name... Suspicously, for a Japanese game, no blood type!?
Pokémon HeartGold Version Nintendo DS The weather can effect battles. Strong sunlight increases the power of fire attacks.

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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GamePro (US) Mar 16, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game and Player Apr 02, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Eurogamer.es Apr 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
JeuxVideoPC.com Mar 30, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Armchair Empire, The Apr 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Mar 31, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Cubed3 Mar 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Spazio Games Mar 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
IGN UK Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Cheat Code Central 2010 3.9 out of 5 78

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