In your hometown of New Bark Town, you can choose one of three starter Pokémon to be with you: the timid fire mouse Cyndaquil, the docile grass dinosaur Chikorita, or the playful water crocodile Totodile. With one of them, you can go on a journey to obtain 8 gym badges so you can go and challenge the Pokémon league and become the champion. Even though Pokémon Heart Gold is the remake of Pokémon Gold it is certainly one of the best games in the franchise.
Alongside Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Heart Gold brought major contributions to Pokémon. They brought the Pokémon games from the Gameboy to the Nintendo DS, and they brought the legendary physical/special split. The split separated all damaging Pokémon moves into their respected categories physical or special, based on whether they actually made physical contact or not, and not being based on the type of the move.
One of the most iconic features of Pokémon Heart Gold was the mechanic of allowing the first Pokémon in your party, follow you in the overworld rather than being kept in its pokéball. It even allowed to interact with your Pokémon, with them having different expressions and reactions back.
Pokémon Heart Gold greatly improved both graphics and the sounds from the original Pokémon Gold. The game uses the Nintendo’s new capabilities which allowed the game to be in full color, compared to the original shades of green. It also brought ambient sounds and improved soundtracks to the game.
This game has one major setback, small routes. The routes are smaller than any other Pokémon games routes. The bad thing about this is that it made the region(Johto) seem smaller than it really is. The short routes also have very under leveled trainers and wild Pokémon. This makes it harder to train your Pokémon strong enough to defeat important characters in battle.
The game easily makes up for this with its post game. It is the longest and most interesting post game of the series. IT allows you to travel through the entire Kanto region and earn eight more badges, which allows you to earn a total of sixteen badges. The new region brings new Pokémon and adds on to the plot with Suicune.
Overall, I found Pokémon Heart Gold one of Pokémon’s best games. It deserves more credit than it gets when being overshadowed by the newer games. With only one real setback and countless benefits you should grab yourself a copy for any occasion.