For each step you take the game tracks your progress with Watts, a sort of currency that allows you to do a number of things, primarily unlocking new areas, like forests and beaches, for capturing Pokemon. That’s right, you can capture Pokemon on the Pokewalker. The Pokewalker includes a minigame similar to the safari zone where your Pokemon battles with a wild one but with limited choices like “Attack” and “Throw ball.” Your Pokemon can also douse for items, searching in the grass for full heals, potions and other things. Connecting the Pokewalker to the DS is a simple, quick and easy process as the IR sensor is built into the DS cartridge, so there’s no need to lug a chunky dongle, or oversized game around with you.
It should also go without saying that the Pokewalker brings with it a little sense of childlike (or age appropriate) glee, knowing that you get to carry your favorite Pokemon around with you just like the trainer in the game. Just don’t get carried away and expect Hitmonchan to actually pop out of the Pokewalker when you throw it at that mugger on the train.
Feb 3, 2010
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