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First Pokémon Heart Gold & Soul Silver footage appears

Posted by Christopher Clark

Japanese television show debuts in-game footage of the upcoming DS remakes.

Viewers of the Japanese television show Pokémon Sunday were greeted with a welcome surprise yesterday - new, exclusive in-game video of the recently-announced Pokémon games, Heart Gold and Soul Silver!

Along with the announcement that the games were in development and due for a fall release, the audience was also treated to a small clip from the game, featuring a trainer walking around in curcles in a re-imagined New Bark Town, with starter Pokémon Chikorita following behind.

Take a look for yourselves:

Hardly the most exciting footage ever broadcast, but hey, at least the re-arranged music is kinda neat.

Stay tuned to Nintendo Life for more coverage on all gold, silver, (red) steel and, of course, all things Nintendo!

[via youtube.com]

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User Comments (28)

Adam

#2

Adam said:

I have never seen walking-in-circles footage of this quality. Nintendo is always setting the bar.

bbb7002004

#3

bbb7002004 said:

If you want to see battle footage, just pop in Diamond/Pearl. It's going to be (basically) the same thing I bet.

LorD_SyN_DracuL

#4

LorD_SyN_DracuL said:

Hopefully you can choose what pokemon follows you, not just your starter.
and that' is awesome that at least your starter follows you, that was one of the main reasons I got yellow way back when.

Danny_August

#5

Danny_August said:

That looks like a fake video from youtube.com. I have seen many of them. Most likely stills from Platinum. Unless Nintendo officially releases info, I wouldn't believe it, especially anything from youtube.

Alegeobla

#7

Alegeobla said:

Also, supposedly they are putting breading into the game, AND, the appearance of the child pokemon will differ depending on who the parents are, pretty cool. we will have to wait for conformation of this, but it seems like a good idea if you ask me. i'm excited

Danny_August

#9

Danny_August said:

@Moai Head - Possibly, I have seen too many vids on youtube to believe much from it..Never know though...thanks for the insight though...

Stuffgamer1

#10

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Alegeobla: I'm guessing you meant to say "breeding." No reason it wouldn't be there, since Gold & Silver were the first Pokemon games to have the feature in the first place. It sure makes getting all the starter Pokemon a heck of a lot easier than it was in Red & Blue (provided you have at least 2 friends playing the game and all 3 of you pick different starters, of course)!

Alegeobla

#11

Alegeobla said:

ya, meant breeding. difficult to write stuff out when your busy watching tv and reading other stuff haha

theblackdragonAdmin

#12

theblackdragon said:

@Adam: lol, right on the money. they could've at least shown some circles in multiple locations, like a trainer gym or out in the water or something. :P

Starwolf_UK

#13

Starwolf_UK said:

If you want to see battle footage, just pop in Diamond/Pearl. It's going to be (basically) the same thing I bet.
I hope it isn't. For some reason DP seems to take the decaying speed of Pokemon battles to a new level with this weird pause/input lag after every little thing. It really doesn't help when you have cases of the game telling you it is raining then showing you the animation. Why not do both at the same time?

The slowness of battles is what really killed Pokemon for me.

ASDFGHJKL

#15

ASDFGHJKL said:

Japan tourist tip #412
Japanese take their Pokemon seriously, so every sunday you will have to watch Pokemon Sunday. A show where a bunch of adults wear metallic outfits or dress up as Pokemon and talk about Pokemon.
Okay Japan. youve got our attention, you can stop with the ridicoulous TV programing.

AVahne

#16

AVahne said:

awesome that the pokemon actually follow you,its just like back in Pokemon Yellow!now i want my Lugia to follow me

GamerZack7

#17

GamerZack7 said:

@Starwolf_UK
If you don't like the speed of animations slowing down the battles, then may I suggest turning them off in the Options menu?

I wonder if the feature involving your Starter following you is just for Professor Elm's errand, and the Pokemon is placed inside a Poke Ball after the errand is finished (possibly to stop Silver from stealing it).

Also, I wonder if Crystal (or Kris) is a character option for girls in HeartSoul (or HS for short, my name for the remakes; an homage to GS); I'd be surprised if Gold was the only option, since Leaf was an option for girls in ElementChrome, and the GS series introduced a female character (specifically the Crystal Version).

Cthuloops

#18

Cthuloops said:

Hopefully, knowing Ninty we'll have more footage soon. I wanna see this game in action! YEEEEAAAAGH! :O
Got too excited! :D

Starwolf_UK

#19

Starwolf_UK said:

If you don't like the speed of animations slowing down the battles, then may I suggest turning them off in the Options menu?
Turning animations off doesn't actually turn off all the animations (the battle start up complete with the pokemon doing the dances, the pokemon going back into the pokeball, the pokeballs being thrown etc...). Plus it does nothing for all the pauses/input lag that seem to exist in the game.

In short, even with animations off (and text at fastest) it is still too slow.

If you want to see how it could play out I suggest you get Dragon Quest: Chapter of the Chosen for DS and set the battle message speed to 1. Probably the best thing is the text automatically scrolls so no pressing A every 10 words.

mjc0961

#22

mjc0961 said:

"It really doesn't help when you have cases of the game telling you it is raining then showing you the animation. Why not do both at the same time?"

I'd like them to do one better than that. If it's raining or any other weather effect is going on, they should show it continuously through the battle until it wears off (if it does). Then there's no need for "rain continues to fall" every turn with an animation, because you would be able to see that's raining (or hailing or sandstorming) constantly.

Another thing I'd like to see them change is the way double team works for certain moves. If I can hit both opponents with a single move in a double battle (Razor Leaf or Earthquake for example), why can they still miss against a foe that used Double Team? If the moves can hit more than one enemy at once, surely they can hit all of the illusionary copies and the actual Pokémon at the same time.

Lotice-Paladin

#26

Lotice-Paladin said:

Awesome! I remember getting this on Import back in November 2000 when someone got hold of them. Great games but unfortunately the SIlver Versions have the tendency of the battery life dying sooner rather then later :(

CanisWolfred

#27

CanisWolfred said:

The music along made me cry nostalgic tears of joy! And finally your little dude gets to walk with you! Diamond & Pearl may have been disappointments, but these surely won't!

Nintendophile

#28

Nintendophile said:

Nintendo has shown multiple times that they don't mind remaking old (Pokemon) games with improved graphics. With that in mind, how come the Powers that Be don't see fit to make remakes of other popular games, of the old school variety. (I'm looking at you, Super Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.)

I know that Pokemon has a rabid fan-following, so it's a no brainer to remake them. But, come on Nintendo, if you're going to recycle old games, go for more classics! Punch Out!! is proving a huge success, so... ya know... throw us a bone here. _

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