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|Pokémon Gold and Silver|
American cover box art.
The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver are the second installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Color. The series featured a new region entitled Johto and introduces a century of new Pokémon. Pokémon Crystal was created as a sequel to the games. A remake of these games was released for the Nintendo DS known as Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Unlike Pokémon Red and Blue, this game has time and the seven days of the week. You can catch certain Pokémon at night, and on some days there will be events.
The gameplay remains mostly consistent from Red and Blue. There are a few major changes. The first is the introduction of Steel and Dark types. Several moves also change type such as Bite turning from Normal to Dark. The second is there is now a Special Defense stat instead of Special being combined. This redistributes the stats of the older pokemon and make Psychic types less powerful. The EVs, IVs and stat boosts however, apply to both Special Attack and Special Defense. The third major addition is breeding. This allows the player to create more on Nonlegendary pokemon. It also introduces Baby Pokemon, pre-evolutions of existing Pokemon that come from the Pokemon's egg. They tend to evolve from, happiness, another new mechanic introduced.
In addition to the base level changes, the game also introduces 100 new Pokemon, a new region with 8 new gym leaders and the ability to return to Kanto and battle all those gyms and their changes from the original games. A new Pokeball crafting mechanic was introduced, introducing several new kinds of Pokeballs. The real time clock brought several time based mechanics like different Pokemon depending on the time of day and different events based on the day of the week. The pokegear had a radio, which allowed the player to change the music and gave hints to getting Pokemon, and the phone, which let people challenge trainers they faced before as well as hints to getting certain Pokemon.
To let players access their old Pokemon from Red and Blue, the added a special section to the Link functions where the player could trade with past games. The only restrictions were that only the 151 original Pokemon could be traded, no items and no new moves.
Reception and Legacy
- ↑ Nintendo, (October 18, 2000) "Game Boy Release Dates"