The Heart and Soul of Pokemon History

It was in this tsunami of Pokemon merchandising that the Pokemon Pikachu was created, a little yellow pedometer that later evolved into the Pocket Pikachu Color, a similar device that could link up with Gold and Silver. But it was only by chance that these footnotes in Nintendo’s peripheral-heavy past eventually influenced the development of the PokeWalker. Instead, the inspiration came from the DS’s Walk With Me and its Activity Meter.

“Both my wife and I have dogs,” said Ishihara. “We bought two Activity Meters and went out for walks with them attached to the dogs’ collars. But one day I managed to drop one. Then around a month later, I was walking the dog as usual when I saw this black, muddy object lying stuck in a puddle. Though it had been exposed to the elements for a whole month, it was still working. I remember thinking that this was amazing… Because of that personal experience, I thought that I’d like to try to use that device in some way.”

The PokeWalker does have quite an impact on Gold and Silver. Were Nintendo worried about introducing such changes to an old classic? “The first thing that I knew I needed to bear in mind was to respect the feelings of those people who’d played Gold and Silver,” said Morimoto. “But at the same time, there are a large number of players who had no knowledge of Gold and Silver… We were conscious of making it so that these players could play with the sense that it was a totally new game.” In this respect Nintendo did a pretty good job – Heart and Soul feel very different to past Pokemon updates.

As Iwata pointed out, “it would be incredibly exciting to see Heart and Soul acting as methods of communication between the new generation of Pokemon players and those who played Gold and Silver ten years ago. Whether it’s parents, older brothers or sisters… I’ve got a feeling that, for the first time in a long time, this is a game that can bridge that generation gap.”

Apr 29, 2010




  • darkdispatch523 - May 1, 2010 11:06 a.m.

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  • OnyxOblivion - April 30, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    I love this series, and am sad to say it...But the originals are the worst of the series. That stupid item limit, the horrid box system. Not that G/S's box system was much better...A mere 151 pokemon...A shitty Metagame. No Battle refighting any trainers but the Elite Four.
  • Apollomon - April 30, 2010 3:09 a.m.

    @whiteknight1981 i havnt got soul or heart yet, but want to...the newer versions have new AI opponenets, new pokemon and sometimes new features i.e. the original gold/silver introduced gender and night and day and is the only game that had 16 gyms; when re-released they added stuff from newer generations such as natures (affecting stats), abilities for each pokemon and the battle frontier...also you could not trade to the DS from the old versions of gold and silver Heart and Soul also have the pokewalker which allows you to train your pokemon by walking- so if you spend a lot of time walking in day it useful thing to have...i didnt buy fire red or leaf green (updates of the originals) but may do soon cause they cheap now...but i have enjoyed playing through the actual new games each time...still need to finish crystal, emerald and platinum though lol i got a DS on release day and never regretted, however i looking into getting a second hand original psp now for some cool games like yugioh tag force series, soul caliber and dissidia
  • whiteknight1981 - April 30, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    I don't see much difference between the various versions besides more pokemon with each generation. What kind of new things/different gameplay elements that are made? And why is Heart and Soul better than any other? REALLY not trying to be snobby, just curious! Captcha: Economy capsules. That like cheap pokeballs?
  • GameManiac - April 30, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    I am so glad that I chose to buy a Nintendo DS instead of a Sony PSP for this. Nintendo has by far the most enjoyment and memorabilia than either Sony or Microsoft. Why else are people talking more about Mario, Metroid, Zelda, and Pokemon? I don't hear as much coming from people who prefer Sony or Microsoft (except when Halo is involved).
  • Cyberninja - April 29, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    i feel bad for you needleskane they both have strenghs and weaknees so i have both only because i want birth by sleep and it was worth it for the psp but the ds is what i use more because pokemon is so fun
  • NeedlesKane - April 29, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    i feel bad for not getting a ds but in my younger years my first 2 consoles wer ps1 and ps2, and my first handhelds were a game boy color and a gamboy advanced sp. i got all the pokemon games up to emerald then when psp and ds came out i had to chose and i went with playstion. i think it was the right decision for me. reCAPTCHA: about donutting. lol
  • slimjim441 - April 29, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    Agreed. Heart and Soul are the best pokemon games ever, beating the old Gold and Silver (and Crystal) games. But as far as I'm concerned, there are only 251 pokemon and I have them all. The rest are vermin. Sorry, but it's true.
  • loonyman978 - April 29, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    Heartgold and Soulsilver are by far the best in the series - 336 poke's so far!

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