The official Japanese Pokemon website has revealed better-quality images of HeartGold and SoulSilver‘s Johto map and box art in addition to a new image of Ecruteak City. No new information was revealed on the website, though we can now see that there is a new, fairly large chunk of land to the west of Cianwood City (Johto’s Battle Frontier?), a new building west of Goldenrod City next to the Radio Tower, and a small new area west of National Park. All of the new locations are outlined in the second map image below. Thanks go to Jason for assisting me with this news story. Click the thumbnails below for much larger images.
Yaminokame, our new Japanese translator, has also provided us with some new information after thoroughly looking over the older CoroCoro scans and the new website above.
For one, there are currently four known PokeWalker courses, each of which will have different Pokemon that you can encounter and then transfer to HeartGold and SoulSilver. They are called “Refreshing Field,” “Noisy Forest,” “Rugged Path,” and “Edge of the Night Sky,” the latter being the one that the McDonalds Jirachi unlocks once traded over to the two games (note: The Jirachi will also be downloadable via Wi-Fi to people who own the Japanese games). The default courses are the first two, and to unlock the Rugged Path field you need to take an unconfirmed 1,000 steps. Presumably, the more steps you take with the PokeWalker, the more fields you will unlock, and the more wild Pokemon you can encounter. To encounter a wild Pokemon, you use the PokeWalker’s built-in PokeRadar, which will detect wild Pokemon and then allow your Pokemon to battle it. You can also use the PokeWalker’s Item Finder to find hidden items, just like in the main games. To use both items requires a certain amount of watts, or steps taken.
As a side note, both Lugia and Ho-Oh are confirmed to be capturable in both games, just like in the original Gold and Silver.