Courtesy of Nintendo
Nintendo of America announced today that the Pokémon game releases on March 14, 2010--Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver--will come with a Pokéwalker accessory.
This accessory allows players to wirelessly transfer any of their Pokémon from these games and literally walk them through virtual routes as the players walk in real life. In addition, as the players walk, they earn Watts, which the Pokéwalker uses to either encounter and catch wild Pokémon or search for hidden items. These Watts can then be wirelessly transferred back into the Pokémon games to unlock secret routes. Special versions of some Pokémon can only be found while walking with the Pokéwalker, and all Pokémon kept in the Pokéwalker will gain additional experience while walking. Players can also connect two Pokéwalkers to trade items and Pokémon.
We have to hand it to Nintendo for yet again finding another creative way to keep kids (and even adults) exercising and physically fit. With the Pokéwalker, players can play videogames and keep in shape at the same time, all while playing a game that isn't branded as an exercise game, such as EA Sports Active or Wii Sports Resort.
For additional information about Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, please visit www.pokemon.com. In the meantime, keep your calendars marked for March 14th, Pokéfans.