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Pokemon - Gold Version

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Overview

The box art for Silver.
The box art for Silver.
Pokemon Gold and Silver were released on October 14, 2000 in North America (November 21, 1999 in Japan and April 6, 2001 in Europe) for the Game Boy (although it also supported the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Color). Development was done by Game Freak, publishing by Nintendo, and marketing and licensing from The Pokemon Company.

Taking place in the Johto region, the second generation of Pokemon introduced 100 new Pokemon. Besides unique Pokemon and other minor details, Gold and Silver are identical to each other. However, to collect every single one of the Pokemon, players must trade between not only Gold and Silver, but also the first two games, Pokemon Red and Blue.

Well-received by critics with an 89% average rating according to Game Rankings, Pokemon Gold and Silver was a critical success. Gold and Silver are regarded as some of the best iterations in the Pokemon franchise, getting a ten out of ten from IGN, and high scores from many other publications. Together, Gold and Silver sold 6.5 million in Japan alone, while sales in North America beat previous sales records, selling 1.4 million copies in the first week of sales.
Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.
Pokemon Gold silver return as DS Remakes.


Pokemon Crystal was later released as an updated version of Gold and Silver. It came out on July 29, 2001 in North America, and was the only Pokemon game to be released only on the Game Boy Color. Despite being largely similar to Gold and Silver, Crystal added many new features, including new series' staples such as the ability to choose the player's gender.

A remake of Gold and Silver is in development for the Nintendo DS. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are set to be released during spring of 2010 in North America, and on September 12, 2009 in Japan. It is a mostly graphical remake of the game, but it also brings most of Johto's Pokemon into the latest generation of Pokemon (despite all of them being available across many of the later games released).

Gameplay

Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.
Cyndaquil fights Pidgey; a traditional battle.
Set in the Johto Region, Gold/Silver is a traditional role-playing game with gameplay essentially the same as Pokemon Red/Blue and Yellow. There are two different "types" of gameplay. In battles, players have several options. The Pokemon that is in battle can attack the rival Pokemon (be it a wild Pokemon or a trainer Pokemon) with a variety of attacks. The player can also use many items, including healing items, battle items, or Poké Balls (used to catch wild Pokemon, who upon being caught can be used in battle). Players can switch out Pokemon and run away as well.

The main goal of these battles is to get the rival Pokemon to "faint." When all of an opponent's Pokemon have fainted, the battle is won. However, when fighting a wild Pokemon, players can attempt to catch it for further use. Other trainers' Pokemon cannot be caught. After winning a battle, the Pokemon gain experience, and eventually level up. For many Pokemon, when they reach a certain level they evolve into another form of the Pokemon (e.g. Pikachu evolves into Raichu,