Pokemon - SoulSilver Version

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Platform: DS
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 3 reviews, 2 reviews are shown
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Pokemon - SoulSilver Version
Pokemon - SoulSilver Version
Pokemon - SoulSilver Version

Pokémon SoulSilver version (v10) is part of a bundle of games designed to suck Pokémon fans back into the series after decades of the same old stuff. If you thought there was nothing more to see or do in the Pokemon world and were going to sit this one out, you may want to take a second look at this latest version of an old favorite.

The game follows the same basic format of all past Pokémon games. You’re still pursuing the dream of becoming the greatest Pokémon trainer in all the land, and you still need to catch wild Pokémon to fill out your collection. “Gotta catch ‘em all” is the slogan after all.

In this world though all the wild critters are Pokémon though, so if you see movement in the bushes you’re up for a potential battle.

New addition to an old favorite: The Pokewalker

At it’s core, Pokémon Soulsilver is basically the same game as all past games, so why buy into it if you’ve already played the series? The answer is a new addition a little bit like Pokemon Go, but designed specifically for Pokémon Soulsilver. Thanks to a new device a bit like a Tomagatchi of old, you can take your Pokémon for a “walk.” The Pokewalker is a digital device you can take with you, and beam information about a specific Pokémon onto it. The pokewalker has a pedometer in it, which tracks the progress of your walk.

By taking your pet out with you, even when you’re doing other things and not playing the game, you can earn things like levels (only one level per walk), items and watts. The Pokewalker is shaped like a Pokémon ball with a digital screen that lets you see your tomagatchi like pet.

When you get back the information from the pokewalker is beamed back into your gaming device, and you’ll get to see what you got from it. There’s even a cute little journal documenting your walk and what happened in the adventure with your pet.

New mini-games added

The Pokewalker isn’t the only new and unique feature. There are also mini-games which allow for the use of a stylus, indicating they aren’t a rework of old games. The games are set in an adventure called the Pokecathlon, which offers basic games that aren’t too innovative, but do tie into the calendar and timezone of the world. The games also make use of Pokémon Sprites, which trail behind you in the game.

Pokémon has a special place in the hearts of many different gamers. While other games have sought to build up the same ferver that catching Pokémon has, no other genre quite meets the same degree of excitement as catching wild Pokémon and adding them to your collection.

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While Pokémon Soulsilver has the exact same questline as every other Pokémon game, the new features it offers such as the Pokewalker make it worthwhile for even the most seasoned players to give it a try.

Pros:

  • Pokewalker allows new adventures
  • Pokecathlon offers fresh mini games

Cons:

  • Same old story quest

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

I was already a big fan of the original, but when Pokémon - SoulSilver Version was released on the Nintendo DS, it really cemented this as one of the best Pokémon games. It takes what was already a truly amazing game and adds a few new bells and whistles without losing any of the “soul” that the original game had.

An Epic Quest

I really do enjoy the story that this game tells. While you could make the argument that the story follows a pretty standard Pokémon formula. It is the execution that I think gets you so invested. You have to pick your starter Pokémon (I always go for Totodile) and start your adventure to capture them all. You will have to win badges at gyms, solve mysteries and this was the first (well the original) to really go all-in with the Legendary Pokémon.

One thing that I really liked about this story is the way you have a bit of a jerk as a rival. Not only that, but Team Rocket is really up to no good in this game! It just feels like the stakes are a bit higher here and that is something I really like.

A Little Bit Of Visual Flair

As this is a Nintendo DS game that is, in fact, a remake of a Game Boy Color one. As you would expect, Pokémon - SoulSilver Version has been given a visual overhaul. The game looks notably better than the original. There is far more color, more detail and in all, it is just much more visually appealing. The thing I really like about the presentation is how you can have an actual Pokémon follow you around now. This just adds to the overall immersion of the game.

New Games

With this being a Nintendo DS game there, of course, has to be some touch screen functionality included. I like this for the menus and stuff and it does make managing this aspect of the game easier. What I really like about the touch screen features of the game is the new mini-games that they have included. There are these fun “athletic” style games to play in as well as a gambling one too. I do wish they kept the slot machine that they had in Japan though.

I do not think there is what you would call a ton of new features in this remake, but the little they have added and changed does make it a great experience and well worth playing through.

I think that Pokémon - SoulSilver Version is a great remake of an already great game. While there is not a huge amount of new stuff. I do feel that the mini-games and especially the new visuals make this a game that is well worth playing for people who played the original and especially those looking for their first taste of the second generation of Pokémon!

Final Score: 9/10

Pros:

  • I love the region of Johto
  • Your Pokémon follows you around
  • The starter Pokémon are cool
  • It has some great antagonists to deal with
  • The graphical upgrade is great

Cons:

  • Not a ton of new content here
  • I wish they kept in the gambling game the Japanese version has

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