Pokémon Gold and Silver is a Pokémon video game of the second generation. The game features brand new additions from the previous three games. These two games take place in the Johto region and the Kanto region. A year after their release, another game, Pokémon Crystal, was released with a few minor differences and features added to the game.
Once again, Team Rocket are the featured villains in the games. With the disappearance of their leader Giovanni, Team Rocket restarts their goal of stealing Pokémon over the world, starting in Johto. The player will run into them several times throughout the course of the game, as they plot numerous plans and schemes.
With the Gold and Silver game cartridges, a battery was used to support the in-game clock. After around six years though, the battery would die and any saved game would be deleted. It can be replaced as e.g. described here.
Toward the ending use of the battery of the games, the game might glitch up because in the PCs if the mailbox is checked, unknown messages are sent by nobody and there becomes some kind of code in the messages which allows the player to gain Pokédollars from it. When the game freezes up, it might get corrupted and the player may have to reset the entire game. At times, the screen may glitch up, the color might be black and white or neon.
This might be the cause of an accidental drop of the cartridge which may chip a piece off the cartridge which makes a bit of the game corrupt.
If the player cheated by getting a Pokémon to level 100, after it obtains all of its EXP points, it keeps leveling up to level 100. In order for the player to reverse the glitch, he or she has to turn the game off.
These games are the only paired Pokémon games to feature different sprites for each Pokémon in each version.
The Generation II games are the only ones to feature two regions in full.
Gold and Silver are the only paired games to have both mascot Pokémon obtainable in both games without trading.
On May 8, 2009 Nintendo announced that Gold and Silver would receive remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, originally set to be released in Fall 2009. Before this announcement, there was much speculation to the creation of these remakes, as numerous hints were given throughout Pokémon media.
Even though the games were released for the Game Boy Color, they were released as Game Boy cartridges in conjunction with the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Gold and Silver had infrared connectivity to the Pokémon Pikachu and Pokémon Pikachu 2 in which the mystery gift feature could be used to gain items. This feature was omitted in the European release.