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Nintendo Details Pokéwalker Accessory

by Meagan Marie on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:04 AM

As If your Nintendo DS or DSi isn’t already portable enough, Nintendo is setting out to insure you never have to be without your favorite digital monsters again.

Slated to release March 14, Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver will come bundled with a new accessory called the Pokéwalker, (previously announced for Japan) allowing players to take their favorite Pokémon with them as they pound the pavement.

Players can wirelessly transfer one Pokémon to the Pokéwalker, coaxing it to walk virtual paths as the player walks in real life. Walking earns the Pokémon experience points and the player Watts, which can then be used to catch wild Pokémon or sniff out items. Watts can also be transferred back to HeartGold or SoulSilver, unlocking new virtual paths to explore.

Nintendo has gone as far as to include special versions of popular Pokémon that can only be found through the use of the Pokéwalker, providing an extra incentive not to forget the device at home. Other functionality includes the ability to wirelessly connect a pair of Pokéwalkers and trade items.

Nintendo’s mantra of late has been to redefine the way we interact with games. This combined with a fondness for peripherals makes the Pokéwalker accessory seem like a natural progression for developer Game Freak. And we can’t ignore the merit of extra items and experience points motivating players to get a bit more physical. But what do you think? Are you excited for a new way to interact with your Pokémon? Or does the pedometer/Tamagotchi amalgamation feel a bit gimmicky?