Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver has been dated for the U.S. release date of March 14, 2010 on Nintendo. We already knew that. But what we didn’t know is if the nifty Pokéwalker they got in Japan would be coming also. Well, now it’s confirmed. Packed in every copy of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in the U.S. will be a Pokéwalker. For those of you wondering, “what the heck is a Pokéwalker?” Well, it’s pictured on the thumbnail to the left but you know me, I’m not the best explainer. So, here is how Nintendo’s press release explains it:
“In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, players can wirelessly transfer any one of their Pokémon from one of the two games to the Pokéwalker and walk them through virtual routes as the player walks around in real life. By walking, players earn Watts, which are used within the Pokéwalker to encounter and catch wild Pokémon or search for hidden items, and can be transferred into Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions to unlock new routes. There are even special versions of certain Pokémon that can only be found within routes on the Pokéwalker, giving players added incentive to keep their Pokémon with them wherever they go. The Pokémon in the Pokéwalker will gain experience points as the player walks, and can even go up one level when they are transferred back into the game. Players also can wirelessly connect two Pokéwalkers to trade items.”
Sounds like the equivalent to the Pokémon Gold and Silver’s Pokémon Pikachu 2 that was released to work with the infrared sensor on the Gameboy Color. I guess the game remake needed the extra accessory remake as well.