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New Training Methods Add Value To Silver Remake

Game Freak has a large portfolio of Pokémon titles that have met tremendous success despite the fact they don’t take major leaps in innovation from one entry to the next. If you’ve played one Pokémon game in the series, you’ve essentially played them all. Battle across vast expanses of tall grass to beef up your Pokédex. Challenge gym trainers region-wide and pummel their Pokémon to collect precious badges. In SoulSilver, it’s no different.

As a remake of the Game Boy Color’s Pokémon Silver, you’ll tread the same map locations and experience the same storyline. However, even though you’re replaying a game that first debuted nearly 10 years ago, watching a Poké Ball rock back and forth on a possible capture will still make you hold your breath until you hear the satisfying click.

Nostalgia may not be enough for some players to give SoulSilver a go, thus the addition of the bundled Pokéwalker is certainly welcome. The Pokéwalker is a fun, hands-on alternative to the in-game Pokémon Day Care that will allow you to level Pokémon who may not be ready to battle in their current state. Similar to the Pokémon Pikachu pedometer that interacted with the Game Boy Color back when Silver was released, the Pokéwalker allows you to easily transfer collected Pokémon via infrared to and from the device. Once a Pokémon is stored, the player can earn Watts based on how many footsteps are taken, which is the currency needed to participate in Pokéwalker minigames that allow you to collect rare items and capture hard-to-find Pokémon.

Once your stored Pokémon is returned to the game cartridge, a cute animated story will be told on the DS screen noting dates and times you went for walks, times you were idle, instances of Pokémon encounters and battle results. Did I mention it’s really cute? Upon return, your Pokémon will earn a level increase as well. With the ability to gain new items and Pokémon, and opportunities to level-up your existing Pokémon without the usual grind, the Pokéwalker is a solid addition to any trainer’s toolset. It’s also a pretty decent pedometer if you’re looking to keep track of your activity levels.

The standard wi-fi connectivity options that have appeared in some of the more recent Pokémon games are available to interact with trainers around the world and trade Pokémon to boost your collection. The only other notable addition is the inclusion of Pokéathlon games, a series of single-player minigames that make complete use of the touch screen. Though a minor inclusion, the Pokéathlon is just one more change that separates this game from the original source material.

Silver’s timeless gameplay combined with the Pokéwalker and extra minigames makes the decision to catch them all over again a no-brainer. Even though the classic Pokémon formula still works as evidenced by SoulSilver, I can’t help but hope for a new Pokémon title that breaks some new ground.

User Reviews:

  • 10.00
    When it was the era of Gameboy Color, it was a great time indeed. For Xmas, my dad didn't know he had to buy two Pokemon Silver's, one for me, and one for my older brother because everyone knows you can't share A pokemon game. I was very sad to know that my brother got the game and I got...
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  • 8.25
    The second generation of Pokemon was well loved for a good reason. This game features everything you loved from the original but with shiny new graphics. The story is mostly the same but compared to Black/White it's not as exciting. All the old Second generation Pokemon are back and after you finish...
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  • 9.25
    Pokemon SoulSilver Version is one of the best DS games. It has good graphics, very fun gameplay, and lots of cool pokemon. Pokemon SoulSilver is a very long game. After you beat the the Pokemon League, you got to Kanto to collect more gym badges. The game ends with an epic boss fight. Pokemon SoulSilver...
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  • 9.00
    This is a great game but, GameFreak obviously ran out of ideas and re-did a a classic Pokemon title. I really liked it because I never played the oringinal on a GameBoy so this was my chance to play a great game. One bad thing was my brother blasted through the game because he just traded his Pokemon...
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  • 9.00
    SoulSilver was so much fun for me and my fellow pokemates (cheesy, I know). Nintendo did a great job bringing back probably the best pokemon game ever. The updated graphics and fun gear items made this a worthy to buy game. It's also fun to try and collect the multitude of legendary and rare pokemon...
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  • 9.50
    Soulliver is second only to the origonal sliver so happy about soulsliver it changed nothing I loved about it and only added to it and it gave that nostalgia felling after i played to but it s not the origonal so it dosen't get props for all the amazing feartures it added in the origonal sliver version...
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