Many features to return to HeartGold, SoulSilver

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New Apricorn Case, among others, will be included
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  • Saturday, August 8, 2009

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CoroCoro scans

After almost a month, another set of scans from CoroCoro was released. The scans reveal new features to be introduced in the upcoming games Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, as well as the return of several features from Pokémon Gold and Silver.

The latest scans revealed that Apricorns, a feature introduced in the original Generation II games, will return in their Generation IV remakes. Much like before, the Apricorns can be given to Kurt in Azalea Town so that he can make some special Poké Balls. Specifically, this refers to the Fast Ball, Friend Ball, Heavy Ball, Lure Ball, Love Ball, Level Ball, and Moon Ball, whose sprites can be seen in a scan. None of these balls have been seen since Gold and Silver, although their effects have been replicated in some of the newer Poké Balls. A new container called the Apricorn Case will allow the growth of Apricorns while moving about. Watering Apricorns there will also be visible now.

The Mystery Egg given players at the beginning of the game will also make a return. The Pokémon inside the egg, however, has yet to be confirmed.

The Bug-Catching Contest at the National Park is also confirmed to reappear. There will also be a Safari Zone west of Cianwood City.

The scans also show that a Battle Frontier will be included to the west of Olivine City. No information on facilities or Frontier Brains is currently available.

Much like the episode of Pokémon Sunday this week, a scan reveals that the region Kanto will be in the games. Players may use the Magnet Train or the S.S. Aqua to go between the regions Kanto and Johto.

New events, as previously reported, include the appearance of Rayquaza in the game. It will be at level 50 and will require both Groudon and Kyogre for it to be available. Both of these Pokémon have been confirmed to appear in SoulSilver and HeartGold, respectively.

The battle sprite for the legendary Pokémon Raikou can be seen. This leaves Suicune the only legendary beast whose sprite remains unseen.

Lastly, another scan reveals a few minor details on the Pokémon Video Game World Championships for 2010.

HeartGold and SoulSilver will be released on Sept. 12 in Japan.