Pokémon Golden and Silver Editions
Pokémon Golden Edition and Pokémon Silver Edition , known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Gold and Pocket Monsters Silver ( ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー 金 ・ 銀 Poketto Monsutā Kin / Gin ), are the start of the second generation of Pokémon and the successors to the Red Edition and Blue Edition . They were developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy . The games first appeared in Japan in 1999, before appearing in North America in 2000 and Europe in 2001. The Crystal Edition is a special edition that was released for the Game Boy Color about a year after the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition were released in each region. These three games (the Golden Edition , the Silver Edition and the Crystal Edition ) form the second generation of Pokémon games in relation to the main games in the Pokémon series .
The games are located in the fictional regions of Johto and Kanto, which together contain 100 new Pokémon compared to the previous games (the Red Edition and the Blue Edition ). The plot follows that of the protagonist in his goal of becoming the best Pokémon trainer. Both games are independent of each other and largely follow the same storyline. To get all 251 Pokémon, interaction between both editions is required. The Johto saga of the Pokémon anime series is based on the plot of the games.
The Golden Edition and the Silver Edition build on the enormous success of their predecessors . The games achieved roughly the same sales figures as the Red Edition and the Blue Edition .
On September 22, 2017, Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver were released for the Nintendo 3DS as a Virtual Console.
World and action
The Golden Edition and the Silver Edition take place in Johto, a fictional region that was modeled on the Japanese regions of Kansai and Tokai , and in Kanto, the region known from the Red Edition and Blue Edition games. The cities are connected by several routes. Some locations can only be reached if a player's Pokémon learns a certain skill or receives a certain item, e.g. B. VM Surfer , which allows the character to swim across rivers and lakes.
The protagonist of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition is a boy from Neuborkia . At the beginning of the game, the player chooses one of the Pokémon Endive, Fiery Hedgehog, or Karnimani as the starter Pokémon. Then the boy steals silver - the name can be chosen freely in the game - a Pokémon from Prof. Lind and from then on is the rival.
The basic aim of the games is to become the best coach for Johto and Kanto; which is achieved when you complete the Pokédex , defeat all eight arena leaders in Johto, defeat the top four and the champion, defeat the eight arena leaders in Kanto and finally the challenge of the trainer red , protagonist of the red edition and the blue edition , within of the Silberberg has mastered. In the course of the game, the player also fights against a criminal organization called Team Rocket , which misuses Pokémon for malicious purposes.
The action takes place three years after Pokémon Red and Blue. During this time, some places have changed in Kanto : the safari zone has been closed, the volcano on Vermilion Island has erupted, the power plant is back in operation and the Azuria Cave has collapsed.
Like the Red Edition , the Blue Edition , the Yellow Edition and many other role-playing games , you play the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition from a bird's eye view and use the Game Boys control buttons to steer the hero through the fictional world and talk to people or interacts with other things. The player explores different terrains like forests, caves and lakes where different Pokémon live. If the trainer encounters such a creature by chance, the screen switches to battle mode, in which the opponents face each other and fight their fight. The Pokémon in question gains experience points through a fight, which improves its skills; so increases z. B. the defense force.
There are two main goals in the games: To follow the plot and to defeat the top four and Red , the opponent, and to complete the Pokédex by catching and developing or swapping the 251 creatures. Fighting with Pokémon and other Pokémon Trainers gives Pokémon experience points, which allows them to advance level by level and learn new attacks and techniques.
There are also more optional caves and challenges now. These areas do not have to be entered by the player to achieve the main objective, but mastering them gives you the chance of more fights with other trainers and thus more experience points for your own Pokémon, catching a rare Pokémon that only appears there or finding one Items that can be sold at a high price or are used to strengthen your own Pokémon.
After defeating the top four, it is possible to go to Kanto (the world of the predecessor). However, some buildings now have a different function or no function at all. (For example, you can no longer enter the higher floors of the Silph. Co and Lavandia's Pokémon Tower is now a radio tower.)
Compared to the Red Edition and the Blue Edition, there is now a day and night change for the first time (e.g. some Pokémon appear more often at night or not at all or in other cases only at night, others only during the day) and the option of berries with special effects (e.g. healing) to pick daily.
There is a guesthouse near Dukatia City where you can hand in your Pokémon and, for a fee, let them level up. Each Pokémon that is in the boarding house receives one experience point for each step taken. This is also possible in the predecessor, but you can only hand in one Pokémon there, which is not allowed to control VM attacks . In order to have two Pokémon father offspring in the boarding house, they must belong to the same egg group. Depending on how well the two Pokémon go together, it will take more or less time to create an egg. The Pokémon then has the basic evolution of the female Pokémon. The exception to the egg groups is Ditto. It can be paired with any Pokémon (except another Ditto , most Legendary Pokémon, and Baby Pokémon). Here it takes on the role of the opposite sex, but cannot pass on its attack Wandler when it mates with a female. Sexless Pokémon ( Voltobal , Magnetilo ) can only be bred by crossing them with a Ditto. Legendary Pokémon such as Ho-oh or Lugia (printed on the covers), however, cannot be bred.
In contrast to its predecessor, the card is now no item in the bag (this is the first time in the series of games: normal items such as a potion and escape rope, basic items such as fishing rod and bicycle, TM bag with attack teachers and a ball bag for Pokéballs) , but part of the Poké-Com , which also contains a radio and a telephone with which you can contact formerly defeated coaches for a rematch.
There are also other minor innovations that have been very well received by the players. So now run z. For example, the dialogs are a little faster and smoother, you can put important (basic) items on the Select button - the function of the item is activated with Select - and the Pokémon can carry normal items that they can use in combat or for them give certain properties. However, the PC storage system is viewed negatively as it can only be operated by laborious switching and saving when changing boxes. Only in the next generation ( Ruby & Sapphire ) will it be possible to switch freely, quickly and without saving between boxes and to catch Pokémon until all boxes are full.
The connection options of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition are similar to those of the Red Edition and the Blue Edition . The games make it possible to fight with another player via the Game Boy link cable . You can also swap Pokémon with older Pokémon games such as the Red Edition , the Blue Edition and the Yellow Edition . A connection to Pokémon Pikachu Color is also possible. A pedometer that is able to transfer collected items to the editions via infrared.
With the Golden Edition , the Silver Edition and the Crystal Edition , 100 new Pokémon are introduced, bringing the number to 251 Pokémon. But each version has Pokémon that the other doesn't. You then have to swap these with the other versions, including the Red Edition and the Blue Edition . The only Pokémon that you can't catch is Celebi , which was only available through a Pokémon event from Nintendo.
In 1997 Nintendo published the first details and pictures of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition . It was previously called Pocket Monsters 2 Gold and Pocket Monsters 2 Silver and was developed for the Game Boy and the Super Game Boy . Nintendo later announced that the games would be released in June 1999 for the previously unreleased Game Boy Color .
The Golden Edition and the Silver Edition continued the enormous success of their predecessors and the Pokémon franchise developed into a multi-billion euro project. Both games combined were sold in the US in the first week 1.4 million units. The Golden Edition and the Silver Edition sold a total of 6.91 million units in Japan, while 7.6 million units of the games were sold in the United States. The success of the games was also expected:
“There's no question about it; kids love to play Pokemon. So far in 2000 the best-selling game in America for any home console is Pokemon Stadium ™ for Nintendo® 64, and the best-selling game for any handheld video game system is Pokemon Yellow for Game Boy Color , but Pokemon Gold and Silver will eclipse even those impressive sales totals. We project sales of 10 million units total of these two games in less than six months time. "
Pokémon crystal edition
Pokémon Crystal Edition is the special edition of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition and was released on December 14, 2000 in Japan as Pocket Monsters Crystal (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ク リ ス タ ル, Poketto Monsutā Kurisutaru ). The game was released in North America and Europe in 2001. The Crystal Edition is the only Pokémon game that was released exclusively for the Game Boy Color and can no longer run on older models.
The plot and game mechanics of the Crystal Edition is almost identical to that of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition , but also has some new features to offer. It is the first Pokémon game in which the player can choose between a male and a female main character and the Pokémon graphics are animated for the first time. In addition, some actions have been added in which the legendary Pokémon Suicune plays a role and one in which the Icognito are involved. The biggest expansion, however, is the "Duel Tower" , a new building that enables the player to take part in Pokémon Stadium- like battles.
The crystal edition wasn't quite as successful as its predecessor, but 2.10 million copies were sold in Japan and 1.65 million in the US.
In Japan, the module was compatible with an adapter that connects the Game Boy to a cell phone. This gave you access to the Internet and you could download, exchange and fight different items. There you could also get the GS Ball, with which you can trigger a special event in which you can catch Celebi . However, this adapter was only available in Japan.
Pokémon Golden Edition HeartGold and Pokémon Silver Edition SoulSilver
On May 10, 2009, new versions of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition for the Nintendo DS were announced.
HeartGold and SoulSilver are these new versions of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition . They were published in Japan on September 12, 2009. About 1,400,000 units of the game were sold on the first sales weekend.
A new device is called "PokéWalker", which was presented on June 7, 2009 in the Japanese program "Pokémon Sunday" and is included with every game. The player can transfer one of his captured Pokémon to this device and thus train it more easily and without fighting, but not letting it learn new attacks. This is done by running, similar to the Pokémon Pikachu . There is also a kind of detector in the device with which you can catch Pokémon, some of which are not available in HeartGold and SoulSilver . But for this you need so-called "watt points", which you get for running with the PokéWalker. With a certain number of watt points transferred to HeartGold or SoulSilver , new routes become accessible. If the event Pokémon Jirachi is transferred to HeartGold or SoulSilver , a new area will be unlocked. You can also catch other Pokémon on the PokéWalker. But they depend on the area that you selected before the transfer. New areas are also distributed through special events. So far there have been チ ャ ン プ の み ち Champ no Michi (Eng. "Winning road"), イ ベ ン ト Event, よ ぞ ら の は て Yozora no Hate (Eng. "Heavenly Beach") and き い ろ の も Kiiro no Mori (Eng. "Golden Yellow Forest") ). Each has its special Pokémon and items.
The game graphics are based on the graphics engine of the Pokémon Platinum Edition ; But there are also new effects to be seen here. So z. B. the wind in Neuborkia visualized by animated, light lines. Real gradients in the landscape are new. In addition, 3D objects were increasingly used in the landscapes, such as on the lighthouse.
The music of the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition has been adapted to the Nintendo DS. There are new pieces of music in the new areas. Later, however, on the 3rd floor of the Prismania Villa, a man standing in front of a globe gives you the "GB-Player", with which it is possible to listen to the original music made of gold and silver at all locations. In addition, the original pieces of music that cannot be heard through the GB player can be heard in the game on the radio on Sundays. An 8-bit version has been incorporated for the new pieces of music.
The plot is similar to that of the Golden Edition , the Silver Edition and the Crystal Edition . As in the original games, the player travels to the Johto and Kanto regions. However, various other Pokémon from the editions after the Golden Edition and the Silver Edition ( Pokémon Ruby Edition , Pokémon Sapphire Edition and Pokémon Emerald Edition , Pokémon Diamond Edition and Pokémon Pearl Edition ) can now also be caught. It is different, however, that the "kimono girls" are part of the main story. They give the player access to Lugia (SoulSilver) or Ho-Oh (HeartGold). Unlike the original play that is now Azuria -Höhle not collapsed and you can get a Mewtwo catch. Many areas were made larger than in the original. The cave at the Sea Foam Islands is accessible and the Vertania Forest is a separate area (in the original versions of the game it was only part of Route 2 ). To the west of Anemonia City there is now a new freely configurable safari zone , where the protagonist is given various tasks, at the end of which he becomes the owner of the safari zone . After Red defeated obtained from Professor Oak in Pallet Town a Bulbasaur , Charmander or Squirtle and Troy in Silph Co. building in Saffron City a Treecko , Torchic or a Mudkip .
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