Original Pokémon Gold & Silver returns 18 years later

POKÉMON Gold and Silver versions have been re-released on the Nintendo 3DS console.

On September 22nd two of the best-selling games for the Game Boy, Pokémon Gold and Silver, were made available for the Nintendo 3DS.

Cover art for Pokémon Gold.
The original cover art was used for the new game packing.

The new additions to the Pokémon series games were originally released in 1999 after original Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow for the Game Boy.

Players of the original game will recognise all the graphics and features that have been retained from the initial release as they play as a Pokçmon trainer in the region of Johto, a fictional town in the Pokémon universe.

The aim is to catch around 250 of the ‘pocket monsters’ to complete a ‘Pokédex’ – an encyclopaedia that collects data on Pokémon.

Pokémon's mascot - Pikachu.
The franchise is recognisable from the iconic PokeBall and companion character Pikachu.

Players have to battle your way through the various routes and cities to become the local champion.

Battling against other players with the same game is permitted as well with a new wireless feature built in, not found in the originals.

The 3DS versions of the games will also be compatible with the app, Pokémon Bank, a service that allows players around the world to deposit, store and manage their Pokémon from their other games online.

The release has been well-timed, as the popular mobile app Pokémon Go has recently featured the Gold and Silver’s cover art mascots in game.

This is not the first time the titles have been reissued – in 2010, enhanced remakes entitled “HeartGold” and “SoulSilver” were released for the Nintendo DS.

Pokémon Gold alongside remake, Pokémon HeartGold.
There are now three versions of the Pokemon Gold game – clearly a fan favourite.

Updates included 3D models, new areas to explore and the number of Pokémon being available to catch raised to 493.

According to Game Rankings, the remakes are considered, by reviews, to be one of the best DS games of all time.

Pokémon Gold and Silver are available to download via the 3DS’s online store as a digital download. Physical boxed versions are also available to be bought from gaming retailers such as GAME.

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by Josh Naughton (@joshnaugh)