Great game worth the $$$
Going through Johto is the longest part of the game for me cause it seems like you spend more time training your Pokemon. But when you go to Kanto your Pokemon are high levels and the grass were you would train in Johto have all low level Pokemon. So the only way you can train in Kanto is through Pokemon trainers and gym leaders. Not saying that it makes the game less fun cause it does not!
Now that i have finish Soul Silver I'm moving on to Heart Gold. I know that the to games are about the same the only other thing different really is the Pokemon you can catch and or battle.
Overall the game is fun for not only kids new to the series but the kids who grow up playing the games!