Heart Gold/ Soul Sil­ver

(DS, Wii U)

Hyper - - FEATURE -

Poké­mon is one of Nintendo’s most in­tim­i­dat­ing fran­chises from the out­side, with each game be­ing built around a level of as­sumed knowl­edge about type di‡er­ences and what di‡er­ent moves do. To re­ally dig into what makes Poké­mon great, you need to jump back to the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of re­leases, and while the Vir­tual Con­sole Game Boy Color ver­sions are the most eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble it’s worth try­ing to track down one of the ex­cel­lent DS re­makes. Gold and Sil­ver ex­panded the Poké­mon ros­ter out, fixed a heap of UI and ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues, im­proved the game’s pro­gres­sion model, and threw in the en­tire Kanto re­gion from Red/Blue as a post-game treat. The fi­nal boss fight won’t res­onate quite as hard if you’re not fa­mil­iar with the orig­i­nals, but that’s a mi­nor quib­ble – these are the games that best cap­ture the ap­peal of Poké­mon.

Se­ries best: Heart Gold/ Soul Sil­ver

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