Good ol’ Pokémon. For over a decade now, you have been to little boys and girls (and creepy, grown men) as cake is to us fatties. Easy, sweet, and delicious, and after it’s all gone, you’re hankerin’ for some more. With the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver looming on the horizon, Nintendo and Game Freak have announced that each copy of the game will be bundled with the Pokéwalker.
A neat little device, the Pokéwalker will let players take their Pokémon everywhere they go, without the need of their trusty Nintendo DS or DSi. Hit the jump for more details about this great Poké-accessory!
With the addition of the Pokéwalker, players will be able to wirelessly transfer any one of their Pokémon from either of the two games to the palm-sized gadget. With Pokémon in “hand,” they will walk virtual routes as you walk around in real life, collecting Watts that are used within the Pokéwalker to find hidden items and encounter and catch wild Pokémon that are exclusive to the device itself.
Anything collected on the Pokéwalker can be transfered back to the DS or DSi, which will unlock in-game routes for further exploration, and any Pokémon placed in the device will also gain experience as you walk around, even gaining a level once placed back into the game. It works similar to the Pokémon daycare found in many of the installments, but with a much greater level of depth and interactivity.
I’m not exactly sure how the community will receive this, as carrying around a miniaturized Pokéball may be a little embarrassing, even for the young’ns. But don’t be afraid when you see a twenty-four-year-old with a Pokéball dangling from his jeans – he’s not a creepy pedophile. It’s probably just me.
Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver hits the shelves March 14th. Will you be using your Pokéwalker?