Review: Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver Soundtrack

Before I forget, you can download the album from iTunes for a mere $10. The album is easily worth how much each game now sells for ($50 at Gamestop and as much as $150 on Amazon. NO Joke.) so…yeah.

It’s well worth the investment.

Late last year, Nintendo announced the release of the Super Music Collection, which it turns out is the full soundtrack for all of the Pokemon games released from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire to Pokemon X and Y. Speaking of Ruby and Sapphire, I’ve decided to wait until the remakes (OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire) are released and just buy that soundtrack.

I’ll tell you why I think it makes better sense to wait: On Pokemon X/Y, Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen and Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver’s respective soundtracks are the soundtracks from both the remake AND the original games though in the case of Pokemon X/Y’s soundtrack, you get select tracks from Pokemon Origins and the original Red and Blue along with the full soundtrack for Pokemon X and Y.

Now here’s what makes HeartGold/SoulSilver’s Soundtrack (henceforth HG/SS) and by extension OR/AS (OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire) and FR/LG’s soundtracks must-haves for Old-School Pokemon Fans: They contain the COMPLETE soundtracks for both the remakes AND the original games. I can also confirm HG/SS’s soundtrack also contains Crystal-exclusive tracks since the remixed versions of the same tracks were used in HG/SS. As a reminder ALL of the Pokemon Soundtracks are just $10 each on iTunes. You can’t beat that!

Now let’s talk about HG/SS’s soundtrack. G/S Fans, put on your nostaliga goggles =D

Those old enough to have played the original Gold and Silver (and Crystal) might remember the more rustic tone Johto’s soundtrack has compared to Kanto’s. Speaking of which, for those who never played G/S/C or HG/SS you can access both Johto and Kanto in the same game since it is a direct sequel to R/B/Y or FR/LG if you prefer. The idea isn’t revisited until Black 1/White 1 and Black 2/White 2 11 years later XD

Anyways, for HG/SS Nintendo figured out how to both make the games feel modern to those who never played G/S/C and feel familar to those who played said games. The music is the key. The sound quality on the DS/3DS family consoles is obviously much better than the Game Boy/Game Boy Color and it looks like Nintendo pushed the DS hardware to its limits.

The game’s an orchestral masterpiece and it’s no wonder HG/SS is selling for as much as $150 on Amazon New. Arceus have mercy.

Overall I give the SOUNDTRACK to HeartGold/SoulSilver a 10/10. The trend of including the soundtrack from the original game for fans to compare is very classy of Nintendo. As of right now, the Pokemon Soundtracks are only available on iTunes but at $10 per album it’s a real bargin ^_^

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