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GameCube | Action | Pokemon Channel

Boxart for Pokemon Channel
Pokemon Channel 9 screen shots
  • GRAPHICS: 4.0
  • SOUND: 4.0
  • CONTROL: 4.0
  • FUN FACTOR 3.0
  • AVG USER SCORE 2.5
  • AVG CRITIC SCORE 2.4

Review: Pokemon Channel

Is Pok?mon Channel worth tuning in to? How much do you love Pikachu?

Pok?mon Channel features a variety of interesting activities tailored for die-hard fans of the pocket pets, but it will leave everyone else looking for the remote.

Pok?mon Channel is very similar to Hey You, Pikachu released for the Nintendo 64 a few years back; the main portion of the game requires raising the cute, yellow critter and keeping him happy. You can interact with Pikachu in many ways, such as playing catch or planting flowers, but it seems the activity of choice is always watching TV. Part of your job is observing the particular shows Pikachu likes the best and reporting them to Professor Oak. All the information you learned is automatically logged when you save the game. Similar to Animal Crossing, the game uses the GameCube?s internal clock to track usage, so certain shows and events take place only at very specific times. As with all things related to Pok?mon, collecting items is a prominent part of the gaming experience.

The graphics are suitably bright and colorful, although overall locations are somewhat limited. All the Pok?mon animate quite smoothly with a number of adorable facial animations. The sound presentation is also at the level fans have come to expect with all the correct voices for the characters. The only notable exception is Professor Oak, who speaks only through text, which is quite disappointing. The controls are extremely simple and do their job well once you realize all the restrictions.

Pok?mon Channel is a nice distraction with lengthy play value for dedicated fans of the series as long as they can deal with the slow pace and limited interactivity. However, anyone looking for a good virtual pet simulator should look elsewhere.?Tokyo Drifter