The remakes of the epic 10 year old RPG series Pokémon Gold and Silver, has been officially announced just now! The official titles are Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. The original Gold and Silver sold 23 million copies worldwide. The DS remakes land this autumn in Japan.
Pokémon HeartGold Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ハートゴールド Pocket Monsters Heartgold) and Pokémon SoulSilver Version (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ソウルシルバー Pocket Monsters Soulsilver) are paired Generation IV remakes of the Generation II games Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Much like Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen revisited the Generation I story of Kanto, HeartGold and SoulSilver will revisit the story of Johto, with the player’s starting area being New Bark Town. While the games’ feature several expansions in key areas, the overall plot follows the same direction as Gold, Silver, and Crystal. Like FireRed and LeafGreen could link up with Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald to complete the Pokédex by trading regionally-exclusive Pokémon, HeartGold and SoulSilver can link up with Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum to obtain Pokémon unavailable in Johto and Kanto, such as Starly.
Kris, despite being the female counterpart of Crystal’s player character Gold, is believed not to be included as the female counterpart, with a new character instead taking her place. Whether she is chosen to be the player character or not, she will still appear in the game, taking a pseudo-rival role akin to the unselected characters of Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
The games are scheduled for release on September 12, 2009 in Japan, and in Spring 2010 in North America and Europe. The Japanese release date is the same day that Pokémon Yellow was released in 1998.