Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... improved through the enhancing of graphics and additional features being added such as the pokewalker. This charming piece of kit allo... more
One of the better remakes of an old favourite.
Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
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Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
Advantages: Addictive gameplay, hours of gameplay.
Disadvantages: None to note.
Pokémon SoulSilver is a remake of the original Pokemon Silver, also based within the region of Johto. There are a number of adaptations to graphics and gameplay to bring the game up to a standard more befitting of the increased capabilities of the Nintendo DS as opposed to the older Game Boy systems.
The game throws you quickly into the action offering you a nostalgic choice of either Totodile, Chikorita or Cyndaquil, and naming your antagonist and protagonist. One of the first things you will (hopefully!) notice is the graphical overhaul upon venturing off into Johto, as well as some familiar faces among the tall grass.
The original 8 gym leaders (and the elite four) are present and waiting to battle you throughout SoulSilver, and that's not even the end of it. Upon defeating them you unlock Kanto region from the Red and Blue games to explore, including their respective gym leaders giving you even more to complete. This all adds up to a lot of gameplay hours, not even counting the enormous number of pokemon to catch, including a large number of legendarys.
Another cool addition is that the leading pokemon in your team will now follow you around the world as you explore (with pretty nifty graphics) and you can interact with them to assess their mood and happiness as well as receive items they may have picked up along the way.
Pokemon SoulSilver makes excellent use of the DS stylus. The regular directional controls plus four face buttons comprise the character control and interaction, however this is all portrayed on the upper screen, with the lower display containing your pokégear which can be accessed with the stylus without much interruption to gameplay or the claustrophobic feel of an obstructive menu system. Not only this, but the stylus is also used to its best ability in a new series of mini games called the pokéathlon, reminiscent of wii sports, some of which are rather challenging.
One final mention is the excellent pokéwalker that comes with the game. This allows you to transfer a pokémon into the device and put it in your pocket where it basically functions as a pedometer, except turning your steps into "watts". Watts can be used on the device itself to play a minigame and discover items or catch pokemon you may not see in the game itself. At the end of a journey you can then transfer said items and pokémon onto the game cartridge and use them in the game itself, as well as unlocking new zones on the pokéwalker with the spare watts transferred.
Summary: Pokémon silver is given a makeover with new graphics and features.
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