Pokémon Heart Gold ✨🎮 GSC are my favourite games in the Pokémon series, so you can imagine how excited I was to find out they were getting DS remakes! I went out day 1 to get them with my college roommate, and I bought him Soul Silver as thanks for being rad, and also to get him off of San Andreas for a bit (It was literally the only other game he would play at the time!)
Being back in Johto for the first time in years was so refreshing, and the following Pokémon was such a fun throwback to Yellow. They programmed all the walking sprites into it, but that seemed like kind of a waste considering the only one they needed to do was Heracross 😂 Having access to Gen 4 Pokémon was also really great, because we finally got to make use of some of the more interesting Gen 2 mons, like Sneasel, Gligar, Murkrow, and Misdreavus!
And the Pokéwalker! Reminiscent of the Pocket Pikachu, the additional toy that came bundled with HG/SS was a great idea: meant to get kids outside, promote healthy habits, AND train Pokémon! I would have the PW in my pocket every day, collecting items and steps, and it was definitely a motivator to get off the bus a few stops earlier. Now that Pokémon GO is a thing, this little guy seems kind of silly, but at the time, it really added an extra dimension to the game.
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