Pokémon Channel (Japanese: ポケモンチャンネル ～ピカチュウといっしょ！～ Pokémon Channel ~Together With Pikachu!~) is a 2003 video game in the Pokémon series for the Nintendo GameCube, developed by Ambrella and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company.
The player and his/her Pikachu have been asked for help from Professor Oak. Play varies between the television programs and exploring Mintale Town.
Gameplay usually lasts for at least a week as new programs are unlocked each day (the game is played in real-time).
- The graphics are outdated, even by Nintendo GameCube standards. Much like Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, character models for Pokémon from Gens 1 and 2 (with some exceptions, most notably Pikachu itself) are recycled from the N64 Pokémon Stadium games. They can’t even compete with Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- The overall gameplay involves spending time watching television with Pikachu. Largely because of this, the game is boring and largely lacks in difficulty, let alone any sort of challenge. It's hard to even consider this a legitimate video game, even if it's a spin-off game.
- Annoying sound effects.
- The game starts with only five channels. While you do receive more channels each day, only a few of them are essential for completing the game.
- Pikachu is quite annoying and tedious in this game. For example, he basically forces you to say yes to every decision which is extremely annoying and can feel guilt-trippy.
- Not to mention, this is the game that gave Pikachu a bad reputation.
- Not much replay value.
- The soundtrack is decent.
- The exclusive Pichu Bros. in Party Panic short is the only remotely good show to watch in the game and is probably the sole reason why one would buy the game in the first place.
- The short also has a 3D musical sequence at the end called "Meowth's Party", which is very similar to a GameCube SpaceWorld Tech Demo of the same name, and even has the same song, also named "Meowth's Party" (which was one of the Japanese ending themes for the anime, and the only one to be dubbed into English).
- The Pichu Bros. short can also be watched in Japanese in the localized versions (even having an option to be narrated by Misty's Japanese voice actress). This is one of the few cases where something Pokémon-related can be officially watched in its original language. To date, the only other Pokémon game with a Japanese voice option was Pokkén Tournament for the Wii U (and later Nintendo Switch), which was released 13 years after this game came out and then Pokémon Masters for mobile devices 3 years later.
- Completing the PAL version of the game gave you a Jirachi to transfer to a copy of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Version, which can also fix the "Berry Glitch" early versions of those games were infamous for having.
- Getting Pikachu to perform certain actions for you is much easier here than Hey You, Pikachu! You are also able to interact with him in more ways here, such as petting him using the C-Stick.
- Pikachu aside, All the other Pokémon have their original 4Kids and Japanese voice actors in the game, and they all do a very good job with the voice acting of the Pokémon.
The game received mixed reviews by both critics and fans alike. Many fans argued that all die-hard Pokemon fans should avoid this game so they wouldn't end up hating Pikachu.
Some critics said that even some four or five-year-old kids found the game boring.