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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 Oh really? I'd be delighted! Pleasure to know you!
Pokémon: HeartGold Version Nintendo DS Although previous pokémon games had slot machines in the gambling areas this one has Minesweeper.
Pokémon: HeartGold Version Nintendo DS The mailing system only allows certain words to be selected, and frowns on conjunctions and conjugation.
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: 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

Official Nintendo Magazine Mar 24, 2010 94 out of 100 94
Armchair Empire, The Apr 20, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Spazio Games Mar 26, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.es Apr 01, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Destructoid Mar 14, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 06, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Game and Player Apr 02, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 26, 2010 17 out of 20 85
IGN Mar 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxActu Apr 12, 2010 15 out of 20 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 September 30, 2015).
Caelestis (4029) added Pokémon: HeartGold Version (Nintendo DS) on Jan 04, 2010