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|release_date_na=March 14, 2010<ref>[ Poké (US)]</ref>
|release_date_au=March 25, 2010<ref>[ Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon HeartGold Version]</ref><ref>[ Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon SoulSilver Version]</ref>
|release_date_eu=March 26, 2010<ref>[ Poké (UK)]</ref><br>April 2, 2010{{tt|*|Versions with Dutch box and manual}}<ref>[httphttps://www.nintendo.benl/NOE/nl_BE/newsNieuws/2010/lancering_pokmon_heartgold_version_en_pokmon_soulsilver_version_uitgesteld_16569Lanceerdatum-Pokemon-HeartGold-Version-en-Pokemon-SoulSilver-Version-bevestigd-259986.html Nintendo of Belgiumthe Netherlands announcement regarding the delayed release date (retrieved August 3, 2020)] (Dutch)</ref>
|release_date_kr=February 4, 2010<ref>[ Nintendo of Korea]</ref>
|release_date_tw=September 12, 2009
{{ga|Kris}}, despite being the female counterpart of {{ga|Ethan|Crystal's player character}}, is not included as the female player character, with a {{ga|Lyra|new character}} instead taking her place. Whether she is chosen to be the [[player character]] or not, this new character will still appear in the game. The unselected protagonist will take a pseudo-[[rival]] role similar to the unselected characters of [[Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions|Ruby, Sapphire]], {{v2|Emerald}}, {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}.
The games were released on September 12, 2009 in Japan, February 4, 2010 in Korea, March 14, 2010 in North America, March 25, 2010 in Australia and March 26, 2010 in Europe (this excludes {{pmin|the Netherlands}}, Luxembourg and partsthe Flemish part of Belgium due to an in-game save error <ref>[ ''Nintendo roept Pokémon spellen terug wegens bug'' (Nintendo recalls Pokémon games because of bug) - Tweakers (Dutch report on the save data bug)] (retrieved August 3, 2020)</ref>, with the patched copies later released on April 2, 2010)<ref>[ Nintendo of the Netherlands announcement regarding the delayed release date (retrieved August 3, 2020)] (Dutch)</ref>.
* These games mark the tenth anniversary since the release of the original {{2v|Gold|Silver}}.
** The games were also released in Japan almost exactly one year after the Japanese release of {{game|Platinum}}, and exactly eleven years after {{game|Yellow}}, the first game to feature walking Pokémon.
* Unlike how {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}} used completely different {{pkmn|Trainer}} sprites from {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, many {{DL|Pokémon Trainer|Trainer class}}es shared between [[region]]s, like {{tc|Hiker}}s and {{tc|Psychic}}s, keep their {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}} sprites in battle.
* The font used for the English titles of these games was changed from the one that has been used since {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, while the Japanese logos are still in the same style used since those games. FireRed and LeafGreen also used a different font than the Hoenn games, however, it was still the same color. The fonts are Athenaeum Bold, Futura Extra Bold and Helvetica Black Condensed, respectively.
** Additionally, the heart-shaped Ho-Oh crest and the Lugia silhouette are used in the English logos, while the fire and leaf that appear on FireRed and LeafGreen's Japanese logos were not used in the English release.