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Five reasons we already love Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

As far as Nintendo is concerned with Pokemon, just let the little critters work their magic. Pokemon has always favored little tweaks instead of major overhauls, and this remake of the original Gold and Silver games continues the tradition. Haters will accuse Nintendo of rehashing previous entries ad nauseum, so what about SS/HG stands out and makes this the Legendary one of the bunch?

 

Revamped Pokemon storage system


Seeing as the franchise has ballooned out to encompass nearly 500 Pokemon, major overhauls to the storage system (Bill’s PC to the initiated) have been long overdue. HG&SS offer a bunch of tweaks including the drag and drop with the DS stylus, an idea so good you’ll never be able to go back to the old system of individually selecting a Pokemon, choosing a box, switching the selected box, placing the Pokemon in the box. It’s annoying just thinking about it. 


Walking the Pokemon

Just like in Pokemon Yellow, trainers will have the ability to have their favorite Pokemon follow them around in HG/SS. Dropping a Pokemon in the first spot of your lineup will free it from the confines of its ball, allowing it to trail behind you. No word yet on a Pokescooper. The Pokemon will also gain big happiness bonuses from following the player around, useful for contests, special moves like Return and Frustration, and of course evolving certain types of Pokemon. The player can now directly examine the Pokemon which can provide insight into its mood, or just a wacky response like gnawing on your shoes. All 493 Pokemon can follow the trainer now, though it’s still a mystery as to how a 47 foot tall Wailord can fit into buildings and walk comfortably on dry land all day.


Streamlined menus


One of the clunkiest aspects of Pokemon that’s long since worn out its welcome is the menu system. Despite the fact this is the third DS game, none of them have fully utilized the stylus for the menus. Even in Platinum players still had to press a button, scroll to the option they wanted with the d-pad, and then, if they were lucky, navigate a menu with the stylus. Fortunately the bottom screen now allows access to the player’s bag, Pokedex, Pokemon and more with a single tap. Given all the item and Pokemon management you’ll be busy with, this minor tweak feels like a godsend.

Another irksome frustration that’s needed fixing for some time was constantly having to switch your hot key items. Switching from your bike to your fishing rod, to your Pokeradar and back again gets old fast. HG&SS finally wise up and give the player two key item buttons, allowing you to have your bike and fishing rod (or any other usable item) programmed to two separate buttons instead of having to constantly cycle the key items back and forth through the menu. Another minor change, but one that players have been wanting for years.

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  • CatrParrot - February 25, 2010 8 p.m.

    Dammit! That's yet ANOTHER game I want to buy this year. But seriously, now I'm even more excited for it than before.
  • Conman93 - February 25, 2010 7:10 p.m.

    Have decided Ill definetly try and get this. Nintendo are sure giving a great year to us. I had crystal and had everyone except kingdra. Got everyone in sapphire and pearl. Not sure which version yet, probably the oppisite to what my friend gets.
  • david305 - February 22, 2010 6:32 p.m.

    pokemon is the best it is so cool its cool that you catch any six pokemon and the pokemon that you have first is the one you can walk with you can switch and the other pokemon can walk with you
  • carmen12 - February 21, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    suddenly i want this as much as monster hunter tri
  • Robecallah - February 18, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    i cant wait it is so awesome i bet.But the price is 39.99 everywhere if u check websites like i did.But its worth it because i get to rub it in both of my brothers' faces!
  • jackthemenace - February 6, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    the johto pokemon were the best pokemon games so far, so plus a few of the DPP stuff will be awesome. i might actually get this, even if i am a bit old for it Xp
  • asswatcher - February 5, 2010 8:56 p.m.

    ooh, im pumped
  • noofer7 - February 5, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    My excitement for these games is now officially renewed. Having all 497 Pokemon be able to follow you is an awesome little Easter egg/Blissey acquirement method. I wish you could ride on the bigger ones though. And the PokeWalker is cool, I could take it with me walking the dogs and level up my Typhlosion... Heh heh. reCaptcha: nicklas away? Is it Christmas again already?
  • secretsearcher - February 4, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    they actually took the time to animate all of the pokemon, so each one could follow you? that's pretty sick. Lucario is my favorite Poke'mon of all time, so if I could have it follow me around I would just about die of happiness.
  • Cyberninja - February 4, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    once this game comes out i will crush anyone of you here if you send me your friend codes
  • NanoElite666 - February 4, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    The original Gold/Silver/Crystal was by far my favorite set of the Pokemon games, as I think they were (and still are) the most ambitious ones in the series so far. Definitely looking forward to this release.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 4, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    Totally agree with TRAVthe3RD And I might need to find a cheap DS for this game, I never got the chance to play the original Gold or Silver so it'll be like a new game for me. Oh how I crave such a game.
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - February 4, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    @ Romination Thanks, I plan on jumping on the podcast sometime soon! @TRAVthe3RD Agreed
  • reveffect - February 4, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    i cant wait for this to come out. the first one i played was yellow and then i got silver which wont keep any of my saves for some reason. i would keep my ds running on for as long as possible by constantly recharging it when the battery was low just to keep my game going but when i forgot to charge it one day i managed to pull off a darth vader noooooooo. the last one i played was diamond on my lil sisters ds and she wouldnt let me finish. so i will definatly be getting a ds just for this.
  • TRAVthe3RD - February 4, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    one thing the pokemon series is sorely lacking is customizable trainers.. i know they are only tiny sprite but it would be awesome if you could have different clothes or colours.. im sick of the stock standard boy and girl trainer they lazily give you every time
  • GoldenMe - February 4, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    "All 497 Pokemon will be able to follow you now." *Excited shriek* Let's go, Gardevoir, Gallade, Lucario, Lopunny, Froslass, Drifblim!
  • GameManiac - February 4, 2010 4:05 a.m.

    Oh! I forgot to mention that it could possibly "re-invent" the series (but not much is known about it...) ...*sigh*... (At least I'm patient and naturally nonchalant.)
  • GameManiac - February 4, 2010 4 a.m.

    With Pokemon now following you around like pets, it's only a matter of time (maybe a few dozen years) until holograms pets exists and Nintendo uses it with their Pokemon franchise. ... Sweet! ;D (Anyway, back to this article...) I was already going to get SoulSilver the instant it was announced (being the Pokefan that I am). Nintendo recently announced a new Pokemon RPG that COULD be 5th generation to be released in Japan at the end of 2010. I wonder if Pokeradar (or whatever it's called since it's been SO LONG!!) will revive itself?
  • Cwf2008 - February 4, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    Pokewalker eh? Why do i get the feeling that the reason that person is mugging you on the train is because of it...anyway im looking forward to this game. Can't wait for it to come out.
  • mikeandike76 - February 4, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    lol i remember playing pokemom gold. i remember climbing that tower to find ho-oh then in the battle i F%@#ing K.O ed him... and i hadnt saved for a while :( recaptcha: 338 bangkok lol

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