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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 61: Piece of Heart, Soul of Steel


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the sixty-first week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.

 

Now is your chance to grab Celebi via the Nintendo Network. No trip to GameStop necessary this time; just get your Mystery Gift via any Internet connection. Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!

 

 

 

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Piece of Heart, Soul of Steel

 

I always remember the anniversary of Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver in North America because it happens to fall on “Pi Day” (March 14th, or what“s commonly written as 3/14 here). Rewinding the clock back six years seems appropriate for this week“s Individual Values, since fighting games aren“t my thing. Before I do that, though, I do have a question to put out into the ether of the Internet that“ll help tie things together: The eShop Releases of Pokémon Red, [Green,] Blue and Yellow Version sold extremely well. And as we learned from the Direct a few weeks back on “Pokémon Day”, your critters from those games can be transported over to Pokémon Sun/Moon when the time comes. I wonder if, given the sales of the first games and these new capabilities...could an eShop release of Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal Versions be inevitable? What do you all think?

 

Six years and four days ago, my lady and I were actually en route to go see a comedian in a city just a few hours north of us. I got to play HeartGold and set up my new Pokéwalker while we traveled. Thinking back: The Pokéwalker accessory is a major thing that made those remakes unique. They tried to capture the same lightning in a bottle that Pokémon Pikachu did back in the day, but did so in a minimalist fashion. There were many Pokémon otherwise unobtainable in HG/SS that could only be caught using the Pokéwalker. They were also the only way you could get Surfing and Flying Pikachus outside of Events in 4th Gen -- It“s really too bad you have to delete HM moves when transporting Pokémon from one set of games to the next. ...The 3DS, with its built in Pedometer and Play Coins...is actually perfect for another iteration of the Pokéwalker, too. I always wondered why there was never an app like Pokémon Dream Radar that encouraged kids to be active and carry their 3DSes with them. It could have worked in some StreetPass functionality, too. Missed opportunity!

 

Pokémon HeartGold also marked the first adventure I ever had post-becoming a Pokémon Master. While I initially completed that goal in Pearl, I didn“t perfect it with the living Pokédex until after Platinum had come and gone. This game marked the first time ever that I was able to build an entire team from scratch, ahead of time. I still remember what they were. Houndoom, Skarmory, Lanturn, Hariyama, Flygon, and Mr. Mime. The game“s affinity to taking photos of your team helped mark the experience more memorable, too. Here“s a shot of my OG Kanto Team from LeafGreen. All the Pokémon I“ve mentioned are ones I still use today.

 

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Pokémon walking behind you really is the bee“s knees. They tried it with Amity Square in D/P/Pt, and they think the whole Pokémon Aime deal is similar to it. But there“s nothing quite like how masterfully they pulled it off in HeartGold. I think...if they tried it again in Sun/Moon, and made whichever region that game takes place in connect to Kalos, we could potentially have the next Greatest Pokémon Game Ever. But really, there are so many [other] things that make Johto itself memorable. It“s not like I did a Region Spotlight on it, or anything…

 

While those are just a handful of memories and musings I have about the heart and soul of Pokémon...what are some of yours? Are you experiencing the games for the first time after buying ”em secondhand recently? Be sure to share!

 

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