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A video game remake is a game that is done again, in a new and updated style. In Pokémon terms, two pairs of games are remakes: Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, remakes of the Generation I games Pokémon Red and Green during Generation III; and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, remakes of the Generation II games Pokémon Gold and Silver during Generation IV. The names of remakes are derived by adding another word to the front of the name of the original game, and written in CamelCase.

Remake speculation

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From Johto

Before the announcement of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, many had speculated a remake of Gold and Silver since the release of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen in 2004. In the Generation IV games, location pointer data (for a caught Pokémon's status screen) includes a reference to Johto, much like it does for Kanto and Hoenn when a Pokémon is transferred forward from Generation III. This left programmers the opportunity to see Johto make an appearance in future games compatible with Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. However, Pokémon caught in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and traded to Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum have location data set to Faraway place.

Because of the "pattern" established by remaking both Red and Green and Gold and Silver two generations after their original release, it is now being speculated that Generation III remakes may appear sometime in the future, possibly during Generation V. This theory is strengthened by the number of references to the Generation III games:


  • Both sets of remakes are to date the only main series Pokémon games to come bundled with an accessory. FireRed and LeafGreen originally had the Game Boy Advance Wireless Adapter bundled with them, while HeartGold and SoulSilver are 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 is a more robust version of the Pokéwalker.
  • Both sets of remakes also use artwork on the boxart other than the official artwork released with the game.
  • A new female player character has been introduced in each set of remakes.
  • Remade games are retconned to the point of including all known Pokémon as of their release generation, not just the Pokémon available in the original release.
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