Catch ’em All Again in 2010

With the success of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl and Pokémon Platinum, it was pretty safe to assume that a third installment of the beloved franchise would make its way to the handheld that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, the Nintendo DS.  Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released for the handheld in North America in 2007 to much success, selling roughly 15 million units worldwide.  While critics lauded the gameplay, online multiplayer, and longevity of the title, the game’s graphics and music were considered dated for the series.  Two years later, Game Freak released Pokémon Platinum.  While essentially the same game as Diamond and Pearl, Platinum contained more Pokémon, new areas, and more content than its predecessors, but didn’t have advanced graphics or sound.  Despite not being too huge of an update from its predecessors, Platinum still sold increasingly well.

Nintendo and Game Freak have announced that another set of Pokémon titles, HeartGold and SoulSilver, will make their way to Nintendo’s handheld.  While the Japanese market will be getting the games in September of this year, North American and European fans will have to wait until spring 2010.  The titles are, in essence, enhanced remakes of the Game Boy Color hits Pokémon Gold and Silver, which were released back in 2000, albeit with updated graphics and sound.  Nintendo has also stated that touch screen controls will be implemented into the games.

Fans of the series may be in store for a real treat with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.  Nintendo and Game Freak will undoubtedly deliver another blockbuster hit.  But just how enhanced will these remakes turn out to be?  Nintendo has promised updated graphics and sound, but will they be a huge step up from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum?  Pokémon fanatics will have to wait until 2010 to find out just how enhanced the newest installments in the popular monster-catching franchise are.

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  1. I think every pre-teen will be asking their parents for Pokemon cards or Pokemon games for christmas, birthdays .. whatever. I thought the whole Pokemon thing would fade out like other Japanese cartoon trends.. but it keeps staying alive and well even in Japan!!

  2. Pokemon Silver was probably the best Pokemon game in the entire series beyond a shadow of a doubt, then again, I’ve not played Diamond. I was a huge Pokemon fan back then, and was the first to have all 251 pokemon (Okay, I cheated to get Celebi, we all did), kinda made me a local celebrity back then. Those were the days, eh?

  3. ahh i remember getting red version on my gameboy when it first came out, man what a good game i wish i still had it. I had to do so mmany chores to earn the money for it lol. those were the days…

  4. I am all for this third venture of the game. I like seeing some of the oldies but goodies last the test of time and be revived for new generations of gamers. This is awesome news. Long may Pokemon wave!

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