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A video game remake is a game that is made 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.


In addition to graphical updates, each pair of remakes also 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

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, in the Diamond and Pearl series several references to the games appeared, 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.


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In the Pokémon Adventures manga, there are FireRed & LeafGreen and HeartGold & SoulSilver chapters which focus back on characters from older chapters respectively. However instead of focusing the whole region like the originals, the main plot consist with the expansion of their game counterparts, since FireRed & LeafGreen focuses on the Sevii Islands, and HeartGold & SoulSilver currently focusing on the new new Safari Zone and the Sinjoh Ruins.

In the Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga, there are several bonus chapters focusing on characters from Magical Pokémon Journey respectively. As a Generation III arc of the Magical Pokémon Journey, 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).


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  • 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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