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A video game remake is a game that is made again, in a new and updated style.
In Pokémon terms, three pairs of games are remakes: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, remakes of the Generation I games Pokémon Red and Green during Generation III; Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, remakes of the Generation II games Pokémon Gold and Silver during Generation IV; and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, remakes of the Generation III games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire during Generation VI. The names of remakes are derived from the name of the original with a modifier attached to the front.
In addition to graphical updates, each pair of remakes also included all Pokémon in the National Pokédex at the time of release and introduced new features, including new ways to find wild Pokémon.
FireRed and LeafGreen
- The Sevii Islands expand the main story and allow the player to obtain Pokémon native to Johto.
- The new stat system, Abilities, and updated movesets are carried over from Ruby and Sapphire.
- Genders, friendship and breeding are carried over from Generation II.
HeartGold and SoulSilver
- The physical/special split, foreign Pokédex entries, Pal Park, and the Battle Frontier are carried over from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
- The Hoenn Sound and Sinnoh Sound can be used to find Pokémon native to those regions.
- The Pokéwalker replaces the Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS.
- Photography is introduced.
- The Global Terminal is added to Goldenrod City.
- Walking Pokémon return for the first time outside of Amity Square since Pokémon Yellow, and now all Pokémon can walk with the player rather than just Pikachu.
- The Pokéathlon is introduced.
- Route 47 and Route 48 are introduced, which lead to the new Johto Safari Zone. The locations Cliff Edge Gate, Cliff Cave, Embedded Tower, and Safari Zone Gate are also added along this new path.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Impact on other media
Due to the release of FireRed and LeafGreen, in the Advanced Generation series Ash and his friends traveled back to Kanto to compete in the Battle Frontier (also a reference to Emerald) and Kanto Pokémon Contests.
Due to the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver, several references to the games appeared in the Diamond & Pearl series, such as the Pokéathlon in A Marathon Rivalry!, the Johto Festival introducing several in-game key items, Ash's main rival being Paul which resembles Silver in many ways, Lyra temporarily journeying with the gang and her attempt in participating in the Johto League, about half of the Johto Gym Leaders reappearing with their redesigns, and several main characters obtaining Pokémon in the Johto Pokédex like Dawn's Quilava or with a cross-generational evolution line like Ash's Gliscor he caught as a Gligar.
Generally, only long-running Pokémon manga series are affected by remakes, considering most series begin and end within the time frame of one generation.
In the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéthlon manga
A manga titled Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon was created at the time of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver's Japanese release. It features the Pokéathlon, a new feature added to the remake games.
In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga
A single-volume manga, Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure, was released concurrently with the games Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, which it takes its name from. It features the adventures of a Trainer named Jou in his travels through the Johto and Kanto regions, following the storyline of the games.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga, the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter, HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, and Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter return the focus of the story back toward characters introduced in older chapters (the Red, Green & Blue chapter/Yellow chapter, Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter, and Ruby & Sapphire chapter/Emerald chapter, respectively). However, instead of focusing on the whole region like the originals, the main plot of the remake chapters generally focuses on events and places which were new to the enhanced remakes of their game counterparts. FireRed & LeafGreen focuses on the Sevii Islands, HeartGold & SoulSilver focuses on Pokéathlon, the new Johto Safari Zone, and the Sinjoh Ruins, and Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire focuses on the events of the Delta Episode.
In the Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga
In the Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga, there are several bonus chapters focusing on characters from Magical Pokémon Journey. As a Generation III sequel of the Magical Pokémon Journey series, this manga was being speculated by fans as a first hint for the remakes of Pokémon Red and Green (later was named as Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen).
In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga
In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga, which is based on the Generation III games of the same name, some of the chapters in Volume 3 revolve around Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. This includes a character named Red, who is designed based on Red's appearance in the remakes; and a character named Blue, who is based on Leaf's appearance.
Following the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire series, the manga began a trend of rebooting its numbering and naming system with the release of each core series game. After the end of Generation III and the Ruby-Sapphire series, the manga's story continued with Pocket Monsters DP, which led the main characters to Sinnoh. When the Generation II remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released, the series once again rebooted with Pocket Monsters HGSS, which led the main characters back to Johto; which they had previously visited during the original Pokémon Pocket Monsters series.
In the Pokémon 4Koma Encyclopedia manga
The Pokémon 4Koma Encyclopedia manga was released around the time of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. It is five volumes in total and has comics featuring each Pokémon in the National Pokédex up to the end of Generation III. The volumes feature artwork of Red as he appears in FireRed and LeafGreen.
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In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the EX FireRed & LeafGreen and EX Team Rocket Returns expansions were inspired by and released concurrently with the Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen video games.
Likewise, the HeartGold & SoulSilver, Unleashed, Undaunted and Triumphant expansions correspond with the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver video games.
- FireRed and LeafGreen and HeartGold and SoulSilver were each bundled with an accessory: FireRed and LeafGreen originally had the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter bundled with them, while HeartGold and SoulSilver were bundled with the Pokéwalker.
- Each of these accessories is a precursor to a feature found in the following generation. Generation IV expanded on the Wireless Adapter's features with the Nintendo DS's wireless play, while Generation V's Dream World was a more robust version of the Pokéwalker.
- Each set of remakes also use artwork on the boxart other than the official artwork released with the game.