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      16.06.2012 13:21
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      Not really worth it.

      Pokemon is a worldwide franchise that's introduced a whole new world of media. It's been a factor of many people's childhood and continues to take the world by storm. Although not as popular as if once was, which is understandable considering the franchise has been around for nearly twenty years, there are still many people being introduced to the games and many old fans that still enjoy it to this day.

      Pokemon Channel is one of the many spin off games that came from this franchise. It's a virtual pet themed game which includes a couple of nice features, but not really a game to set your heart pulsing. The game is very easy to play and it played using real time and is expected to be completed within a week, but it can be beaten within a day if you save and change the date on the gamecube.

      The purpose of the game is to watch and unlock channels. An anime episode called Pichu Bros. in Party Panic is split into five parts to be unlocked as the days pass. Another of these channels also include an exercise channel, shopping channel, quiz channel and news flash.

      I thought the exercise channel was quite cute, but the actual concept of the game to be a bit boring. There were plot twists such as the television breaking down, but I didn't think it was substantial enough to make the concept interesting. The anime episode itself is okay, but not special enough for me to consider it's worth playing the game just to unlock the whole thing.

      One of the useful things of Pokemon Channel is that if you have a gameboy advance cable for the gamecube, you can transport a rare steel/Psychic pokemon named Jirachi to Emerald, Ruby or Sapphire. This feature is exclusive European and Australian editions of the game. American players received Jirachi from Pokemon Colosseum. This is mainly one of the main reasons I still play this game is to obtain a Jirachi to use in the main games.

      Throughout the whole game, I was with a pikachu which is the only pokemon you will really own. Outside of the TV part of the game you can also talk to pokemon outside. Unlike some of the other games where you hear strange cries when a pokemon is released, you will hear the anime voice actors which makes it sound more realistic and links to the 3D graphics. I didn't think that much to the music in the game, because either it didn't really stand out for me or the pokemon's voices overpowered them.

      The graphics are quite good. An interesting mixture of 3D and anime. There's also a pokemon mini emulator in the game which also features one mini game not present when they were first released. I liked the edition of the pokemon mini with it's 8-bit graphics, because I remembered playing on the pokemon mini and becoming addicted to it. Although I think the actual mini itself is superior to the emulator in this game. That's probably just my personal taste, I don't really like playing on emulators that much.

      I think the mini-games and side quests were needed because the concept of the game is pretty flat out boring in my opinion. It's probably okay if you love television. For avid pokemon collectors it's great value for money, but for people new to playing pokemon, this is a horrible place to start and I wouldn't really recommend it.

      I still liked playing the game, but I felt like I wasn't really playing a game at all. There were times where I got a bit bored, but obtaining the Jirachi once the game was completed was worth it.

      This was as far as I went with this game, although people have said that you can watch the pichu bros. episode in another language if you smooch around a bit more, I haven't tried it because I only ever touch it when downloading Jirachi. But it's quite dated nowadays, getting all the equipment required to download Jirachi to a GBA game would probably be tedious and not worth the money if you're new to pokemon.

      This product has been rated three stars because it's features can be appealing to pokemon fans, but is mainly only skin deep and there's a lack of emotional connection that makes me want to play more.

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        12.03.2011 06:32
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        It's just an awful game..

        I purchased this game a while back for my younger brother since he was just starting to get into Pokemon but wasn't quite at the point where he could still get involved with "challenging" games. This looked simple enough and after reading a description about the game and what it was all about I picked up used one day for cheap. I'm glad the price was so low, for had it been any higher I would have felt even more ripped off than I do already. This game is by far the worst Pokemon game I have ever played, and maybe right up their with worst games I have ever played.

        I know it seems a bit outrageous to just make a statement like that and call it one of the worst games I ever played so I'll just list off a couple of reasons why. First off this game has no concept to it. The game is essentially composed of the most UN-creative mini-games you could possibly imagine. There is absolutely no storyline or intriguing plot to the game. Not that Pokemon games are known for the storyline but still, you can tell they put no effort into it. The graphics for this games are complete crap as well. I know Gamecube is not known for being a powerhouse system full of all the top notch hardware, but still, how hard is it to at least make a game that distinguishes its graphics from its previous console, the N64.

        I'm trying really hard to remember any positives from this game, but I'm running a blank. There is just simply no depth at all to this and is pretty much impossible for even the most dedicated of Pokemon fans to show interest in. And so, I really can't think of whom I would recommend this to, so I will refer back to my headline and end this review by simply stating, do not purchase Pokemon Channel, it's just an awful game.

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        12.03.2010 22:49
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        Overall, a great entertaining game

        It's amazing how the Pokemon craze took off over the years with kids all around the world and has spawned TV programmes and computer games all designed to get more money from the public but all successful as well.

        This game has a pretty simple plot as it is geared towards kids after all. You as the player take on the role of a young Pokemaniac who makes friends with a wild Pikachu. That pokemon has taken a great interest in the TV set that is in the player's bedroom. This particular TV set plays a key part in the game and the player has to watch certain programmes in order to access new programmes and progress in the game.

        These programmes include game shows where you will have to identify Pokemon by just their silhouettes. There there are news shows and cartoons. One of the main channels is the shopping channel which allows you to spend money that you have earned elsewhere in the game. You can buy pokemon merchandise like trading cards etc.

        The game operates on a point and click interface. You use the controller to move a pointer around the room you are in and you want to get Pikachu's attention you have to move the pointer over an object and hit the A button.

        The game is great fun to play and I'm sure my kids will love it when they get to start playing it too. So as stated you are living in a small but very cosy house with a Pikachu Pokemon and a TV. There is music playing the house which is nice when you're not watching the TV channels.

        This game is very interactive and allows you to really get involved with it and if you are not into action and fighting games then I would recommend this one to you but if you like things a little faster then maybe not..

        Overall, very entertaining and enjoyable game that will keep you occupied for a while and will be a bit hit with young children in particular.

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        09.10.2009 12:07
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        Rent it.

        Pokemon Channel is probably the worst Pokemon game ever released. All it involves is watching TV that is hosted by Pokemon, and exploring a small town called Mintale.

        There are several different channels to watch, including a shopping channel, news and weather reports, an odd one out game (which can earn you virtual money to spend on the shopping channel), and the Pichu Brothers channel, which the game's "plot" revolves around.

        This plot, if it can be called that, involves watching an episode called the Pichu Brothers in Party Panic. The episode comes in 5 parts, and one part is unlocked each day you play the game (forcing you to wait between parts of the episode. Without this, the game would be over within a couple of hours, if you don't fancy exploring Mintale town).

        There are a couple of nice touches, such as having a virtual Pokemon Mini game to play (you have to buy the games from the shopping channel), and having to collect virtual cards, which can be obtained either from the shopping channel, or by answering simple questions asked by wild Pokemon you will encounter around Mintale town. Also, you do have a Pikachu which follows you around, and you can play fetch with it, get it to do gardening, and a few other things. This is quite glitchy though, and you will often have to click on an item 3 r 4 times before Pikachu will go to it and interact with it.

        The only real reason to play this game is to unlock the Jirachi pokemon, which you can transfer to your copy of Pokemon Ruby or Sapphire.

        If you really have to play this, rent it for a week, transfer your Jirachi to your game boy game, and then return it. Only the most hardcore Pokemon fan should consider buying this.

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          09.07.2006 21:14
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          DO NOT!!! BUY THIS ABSOULTEY HORRID AND STUPID GAME

          pokemon lovers should be crying! this game is BORING. all you do is watch t.v your pikachu moans and groans, and all it does is watch t.v and run around the STUPID room. i was hoping you could explore your house actually CONTROL pokemon. The only good thing is the jirachi BUT you need either pokemonm ruby or sapphire AND a link cable aswell as a gameboy advance or gameboyadvance sp this is the worst pokemon NO worst game ever if you buy this game YOU ARE A FOOL


          just so you know im 11 years old and i love pokemon

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            25.07.2005 23:56
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            Awful and boring gameplay and story.Some jokes and animations are funny.

            Pokemon is a game in which you catch those little creatures, you raise them, and you put 'em to battle against other trainer's ones...not here.
            In this game you have to explore your house and its surroundings in 1st person perspective, with Pikachu as your main partner, looking for mysteries to be solved, games to be played, quests to be done and....the most important...a big -screen TV to be watched.
            So the gameplay is like this, watch TV to participate in a game show(very fun, but animations are so long, you'll get bored, watch the exercising prorgam (hilarious...to some point, then annoying)and many other annoying and boring programs. Maybe the mostimportant one is the news show, hosted by a snoozy Slowpoke, which will often tell you what to do. What kind of things? you say, I say, going to the forest to do this or look trhough your house for this.
            Here I'll write what's good and what's bad:

            WHAT'S GOOD:The graphics and the real clock feature. Many(to the time the game was released)new pokemon. Long gametime if you're patient.The hilarious jokes and the pokemons' *cough*Pikachu*cough* animations.Some mini-games.

            WHAT'S BAD: The whole gameplay here sucks and it's the most boring ever invented.TOO MANY text to read, and sometimes and sometimes the waiting time and animations are WAY long. Not all the pokemon are here. You need to be VERY patient. They designed it for kids, and they hate it!!!

            The first Pokemon fiasco. Don't ever get this game unless you're a Huge pokemon fan. Just don't. Too boring. Too stupid Too bad for the pokemon series...

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            15.05.2004 00:35

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            A game for people that are too lazy to actually play a game - Advantages: different shows run at different times of the day and in real time, cheap price, shopping channel + Gameshow channels - Disadvantages: Pokemon questions sometimes too easy for pokemon masters, A few channels useless in actual gameplay , Smeargle Paint not always easy to use/ paint well with

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