Nintendo DS

The Pokémon series has been a favorite of mine since the the craze first hit the U.S. in the late 90's, but my first chance to actually play one of the games came in 2001, when I acquired the original Gold Version for the Game Boy Color. Almost fifteen years later, I still consider the Gold/Silver/Crystal era of the Pokémon games (or "Generation II," for those of you less informed) to be among the absolute best of the series. Red and Blue/Green Versions introduced the series and did a superb job of it, but the games of Generation II refined and added to it in a way that, frankly, has yet to be paralleled in any of the later games.

Could the 2010 releases of HeartGold and SoulSilver (henceforth referred to as HGSS) innovate the series in the same way? The short answer is...