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 Talking to the pokémon following you will reveal its mood. In this case the mood might be: Adorable.
Pokémon: HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Status effects such as poison, lowering Health Points at at the end of each turn, can have major effects on the outcome of a battle.
Pokémon: HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Poison wearing off...
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!?

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

NZGamer Apr 06, 2010 9.4 out of 10 94
AceGamez Mar 27, 2010 92 out of 100 92
Game and Player Apr 02, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
N-Europe Apr 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Apr 10, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Mar 31, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Gamervision Mar 19, 2010 9 out of 10 90
GamesRadar Mar 10, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Apr 05, 2010 B 75

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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