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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 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 Some trainers have a pithy comment ready for when they are backed up against a wall.
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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The Press Says

Kombo.com Apr 04, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
1UP Mar 16, 2010 A- 91
JeuxVideoPC.com Mar 30, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Life Mar 24, 2010 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Everyeye.it Apr 01, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 26, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Gamernode Mar 22, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Mar 15, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGamer 2010 4 out of 5 80

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