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| GB Sounds
| Introduced in Generation IV
|| Cannot be bought
| Sell for
|| Cannot be sold
| Generation IV
|| Key items
The GB Sounds (Japanese: ＧＢプレイヤー GB Player) is a type of key item exclusive to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
The GB Sounds only changes the background music to chiptune-like remixes of the tracks in the area; these tracks are similar to the original tracks from Pokémon Gold and Silver (and Pokémon Crystal).
| A music player that allows you to listen to nostalgic songs. It's operated with a single switch.
|| A music player that allows you to listen to nostalgic songs. It’s operated with the flip of a single switch.
Despite the fact that the old-style tracks are supposed to sound like the original tracks from Pokémon Gold and Silver (and Pokémon Crystal), none of them sound exactly like the originals. The acoustics sound different and many notes have other pitches. Some tracks had their tempos altered somewhat and other notes in various tracks are not even heard at all. This is due to the games using a soundfont for MIDI playback rather than generating real chiptunes. The different audio hardware between the Game Boy and the DS would also have been taken into consideration.
- Main article: Pokémon HeartGold & Pokémon SoulSilver: Super Music Collection
Several tracks that are absent in the original Pokémon Gold and Silver have received old-style remixes. Examples include Global Terminal and Route 47. Despite this, none of the Battle Frontier facilities, except for the outside area and the Battle Tower, have a remix of their background music. Battling in the facilities at the Battle Frontier with the GB Sounds active will also result in the old-style Battle! (Trainer Battle—Johto Version) being used. This effect is reverted when battling a Frontier Brain.
Some of the original tracks from Pokémon Gold and Silver (and Pokémon Crystal), such as Professor Oak and Opening Movie (Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver), cannot normally be listened to with the GB Sounds. The tracks pertaining to Team Rocket can only be legitimately listened to in the Giovanni event triggered by taking a Celebi to the Ilex Forest shrine. To solve this issue, the Pokémon Music Channel hosts the Pokémon Past Archive program every Sunday, which features these tracks in addition to a few others, such as all the Trainer encounter themes.
Congratulations! Your Pokémon Evolved!, which also plays when a Trainer successfully catches a Pokémon, is not affected by the GB Sounds in the latter case. Radio music is also unaffected, even though old-style remixes of the tracks are available and played as part of the Pokémon Past Archive on the Pokémon Music Channel every Sunday after the GB Sounds is obtained.
If active during a Bug-Catching Contest, the GB Sounds will not switch to the old-style version of National Park during the contest results; however, it'll perform the switch after the results are announced.
There is also a glitch which results in the music being muted on Route 20 or Cinnabar Island.
The GB Sounds does not affect the Mystery Zone, which plays the unused SEQ_DUMMY track. Unlike in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it is a mere copy of the regular Route 29, which explains the apparent bug or limitation with the GB Sounds.
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