Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver - Nintendo DS Review
Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver don't do much to add to the already-popular Pokemon format, but they do deliver a genuine, enertaining, deeply enthralling experience. Fans of the series won't see too much that is new here, but they will get yet another excellent installment in the great Pokemon series.
Included with the Pokemon HeartGold SoulSilver games is the Pokewalker accessory. This pedometer has a few uses, but its primary function is to level up Pokemon. You can transfer one Pokemon to the Pokewalker at a time, and leveling up your creatures is simple. Just put the Pokewalker in your pocket, take a stroll or run an errand, and when you return your Pokemon to the DS card, you’ll see that it leveled up by one. You’ll find that it is very wise to take advantage of this accessory, especially once your Pokemon have reached higher levels. It’s a neat way for Nintendo to get people moving around, and die-hard Pokefanatics may find themselves taking their Pokewalker everywhere they go.
Graphics and Sound
The presentation in Pokemon SoulSilver Version and its HeartGold co-release isn’t a technical masterpiece, but it works well for the series. The games haven’t evolved too much over the years, but fans will notice subtle changes and visual improvements. This game fits the 2D RPG mold perfectly, and it shines greatly thanks to a vast color palette, detailed character and Pokemon sprites, and overall variety in its design.
Music and sound in the Pokemon HeartGold SoulSilver games is also pretty much on par with what the series has been doing thus far. If you’ve played any of the older Pokemon games or you’ve seen the anime, you’ll know what kinds of themes to expect from HeartGold and SoulSilver. The music, the Pokemon battle cries, and the sound effects that you'll hear throughout all evoke feelings of nostalgia for Pokefans.
Lasting Value - Pokemon Soulsilver Version
Like the Pokemon games before it, HeartGold and SoulSilver will take up a lot of your time. Aside from the lengthy story, there are also a lot of side quests to take on, minigames to play, and over 400 Pokemon to seek out and capture. Add both local and online multiplayer to the mix, and you’ve got a very long-lasting RPG. Due to the fact that there are a handful of exclusive Monsters in both Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver Version, hardcore Pokemon completists will definitely want to trade with their friends and other gamers to obtain every last creature in the game, adding even more value to this package.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Overall Rating
Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver on the Nintendo DS are indeed enhanced remakes of the original Gold and Silver Pokemon games that came before, but they do little to change or enhance the formula much. Still, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company obviously believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and that mantra proves to be very effective with the latest entries in the Pokemon series of games.