In GenerationsII and IV, this house is where the player lives before beginning their journey. The player's mother lives here, and after the player has left town for the first time, she will save money if the player wishes and occasionally buys decorations for the bedroom, or items such as Super Potions.
The player's bedroom is a bit fancier than Red's bedroom in Red, Blue, and Yellow. In Generation II, unlike Red's room, it can also be customized to include several Pokémon dolls, as well as beds, game systems, and carpets. The Town Map hanging on the wall can also be replaced with one of several posters of different Pokémon. However, in Generation IV, this feature is not included.
The player starts the game in their bedroom, in front of their PC and radio. The PC in the top-left corner of the room in Generation II has a few important purposes, but unlike in the Generation I bedroom's computer, it does not contain an item. In Generation IV, the PC is restricted to viewing the player's mail, and the mailbox in the beginning of the game contains a single letter composed by Lyra/Ethan (if the player is a boy/girl, respectively), with the following text signed with said person's name and with a Marill icon in the blue stamp box:
I love POKéMON!
Professor Elm's lab
Inside Professor Elm's laboratory
Inside the upstairs living area of Professor Elm's laboratory
New Bark Town has a population of 10, excluding the player character's rival Silver.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
New Bark Town's population is 11, assuming Silver is not from the town. This makes it the least populated town in Johto. However, it is the first starting Town to break the tradition by being over 10. This low number is likely due to its lack of amenities like a Gym or Pokémon Center, and its isolation from the rest of Johto.
New Bark Town reappeared in Hatch Me If You Can, where Delia and Professor Oak boarded a ship and met up with Professor Elm at the town's port. Ash and his friends later returned to the town after Ash had earned all eight Johto Badges, allowing him to register for the Silver Conference. Afterwards, they headed for Mt. Silver to return the newly hatched Larvitar to its home before the Silver Conference.
New Bark Town is shown to be quite a bit larger in the Pokémon Adventuresmanga, including amenities such as a general hospital. It is the hometown of Gold. Being a resident of the "Poké House", Gold has local fame in the area even before he became a Pokédex holder.
Out of all towns where the player starts, it is the only one to not have a connecting route to the north, but instead to the east and west.
It is also the only starting town that the player must pass through again after gaining their eighth Badge on the way to Pokémon League.
The name of this town started the running theme in which the player's starting town is named after a plant.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, at some point during the player's journey, the starter Pokémon in Elm's lab that wasn't chosen by the player or stolen by the rival disappears without explanation, although it is hinted to have been given to someone else.
In the demo of Pocket Monsters 2 showed off at Nintendo Space World in 1997, the initial town was not New Bark Town but rather a different town named Silent Hills (サイレントヒルズ), which may have actually been a prototype design of New Bark Town. The town had a drastically different design, but may have been overhauled during the transition from the Game Boy to the Game Boy Color. Due to the first installment of the Silent Hill horror game series being released about eight months prior to the actual Japanese release of Gold and Silver, in early 1999, it may have possibly led to the rename as Wakaba Town (ワカバタウン).
ワカバタウン Wakaba Town
From 若葉 wakaba, "new leaves" or "fresh verdure"
New Bark Town
Literally new bark
From bourgeon, bud. Geon is similar to jeune, young