It's been 10 years since the Gold and Silver versions of Pokémon were first released and someone over at Nintendo figured that what better way than to celebrate a decade old game than by giving it a bit of a spit and a polish and selling it all over again with a mini pedometer. Yep, you heard right, sporting a shiny new outfit, Gold and Silver are back, bigger and better than ever, and now you can carry a Pokémon around with you everywhere you go thanks to the new bundled Pokéwalker peripheral.
If you actually missed out on Gold and Silver way back in the day, then there's never been a better chance to get involved. The new versions - boasting the same 250 Pokémon as before - are now fully compatible with the later games such as Pearl and Diamond and Topaz and Pyrite, meaning that now you really can catch 'em all. Probably. Coolshop are currently stocking the two new games for £27.99, saving you a couple of quid on the nearest competitor over at Amazon.
- Click here to buy Pokémon HeartGold for £27.99 from Coolshop
- Click here to buy Pokémon SoulSilver for £27.99 from Coolshop
The gameplay is virtually unchanged (if it ain't broke...) and you still start out with one little Pokémon in the fictional Johto region of wherever, hungering to be the best that no one ever was, but to catch them is your real test and train them is your cause. So you'll travel across the land, searching far and wide, and (I'll stop) you'll encounter a whole bunch of weird and wonderful critters to cockfight, capture or canter past. It's all fiendishly addictive, you'll lose days at a time and you may well end up finding yourself later on with a veritable menagerie of woodland creatures filling up your home should you take the game absolutely to heart.
There are a sprinkling of new features, although shamefully the graphical department has none of them, including seeing your lead Pokémon follow you around the screen (just like Pikachu in the Yellow game), there are a couple of new minigames and then, of course, there's the Pokéwalker.
Put simply, you link it to your game via infra-red, essentially download a Pokémon onto it and walk around gaining that Pokémon valuable XP and raising it's 'closeness' with the owner. Amazingly, the Pokéwalker doesn't really bump the price up at all, and proves to be a pretty good way of enticing children to stay active. It's far easier to incorporate levelling up into a stroll into town rather than grinding away for hours hoping that you'll encounter something slightly beefier than a freakin' Rattata.
Perhaps not the series update fans have been waiting for, then, but a welcome distraction and a fiercely addictive game all the same.