Unlike in Pokemon Gold and Silver, in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver you are required to battle Ho-Oh and Lugia respectively.
In Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a special "MICHINA" Arceus was distributed at Toys R Us stores. This Arceus was first interesting as it knew three moves it normally never can learn: Roar of Time, Spacial Rend, and Shadow Force, which are interestingly the signature moves of Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, respectively, the three dimension-governing Pokemon Arceus was claimed in Sinnoh-region lore to have created after the universe so as to govern it. The Arceus would be able to take you to the Sinjoh Ruins, "Sinjoh" being an amalgamation of the words "Sinnoh" and "Johto" (since Arceus originally was Sinnoh-native, and HG/SS take place in Johto): there, you can find three Eggs and take one, which will hatch into a Level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released ten years after the initial release of Pokemon Gold/Silver in Japan, and also exactly 11 years to the day after Pokemon Yellow.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver contain the League Champions of every region represented thus far in the series: Blue and Red of Kanto, Lance of Pokemon Gold/Silver, Steven Stone of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, and Cynthia of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. Only Wallace of Pokemon Emerald - the expansion version of Ruby/Sapphire - is left unseen.
The pedometer - called the Pokewalker - included with Pokemon HeartGold and Pokemon SoulSilver is actually the most accurate pedometer of its time, per an Iowa State University study.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are notably the remakes of the GBC Pokemon Gold and Silver games. Obviously, this comes with a number of changes, although much of the formula remains the same. However, Game Freak did make one special change to this: your Pokemon can now follow you in the field. This is much akin to the style of Pokemon Yellow in which your Pikachu will be able to follow you around: in fact, Pokemon Yellow (not even G/S/C) is the only prior incidence of this!
The Tin Tower that was present in the original Pokemon Gold/Silver was renamed the Bell Tower for Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver.
Entei, Suicune, and Raikou have their own special battle themes in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, remixed from their own unique themes in Pokemon Crystal.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the first Pokemon games that were available in Canada in both English and French, and in Latin America in both English and Spanish.
In Pokemon SoulSilver, Goldeen's entry in the Pokedex states its speed as 5 knots per hour while knots are not used to measure but of speed. This error oddly is not in Pokemon HeartGold.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the first games that show the influence of Nature on a Pokemon's stats: in their Summary screen, if the stat is lowered 10% by Nature the stat's name is blue, and red if it is raised by 10%. This later became tradition for the series.
Unlike Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, you can now see how many Kanto and Johto Gym Badges you have in Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver.
Youngster Joey: My Rattata is different from regular Rattata. It's like my Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattata.
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"Remember my super cool Rattata? My Rattata is different from regular Rattata. It’s like my Rattata is in the top percentage of all Rattata." -Joey
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"Shard de berry! Shard de berry! Give me a Shard and i'll give you three berries, yah." - Shard Guy
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