Pokémon Channel Reviews (GameCube)

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Diehard GameFan (Dec 08, 2003)
Pokemon Channel has no flaws in it all. None. I know I’m the biggest Pokemaniac in the public eye right now, and that this means my review can easily be dismissed as biased. But in truth, I far preferred this game to Ruby/Sapphire, Attack, or the TCG on the GB. Pokemon Channel is a great little diversion. It’s not something that forces you to get a massive high score, or to play for a few hours until you finally reach a save point, or where you have to hit three opponents in a row with a Shinyu Hadouken in order to unlock a hidden character and so on. It’s just good simple fun. And in that respect, Pokemon Channel succeeds where a lot of games this generation have failed miserably. Because Pokemon Channel focused not on graphics or sound or being hardcore. It simply focused on being fun and let the rest of the game revolve around that. Good for you Ambrella. Good for you.
GamerDad (Jan 31, 2004)
This game is all about two children's activities least desirable by parents: Pokemon and watching TV. A funny comment I heard once was that it could teach kids how to use the shopping channel (that's really unlikely, though). Plus the game really isn't educational. Young kids will learn facts about Pokemon and that's it. Reading is required, but not necessary if an older sibling or parent is willing to help. The game is a little slow since most of what you do is watch TV instead of actually playing a game. However, as most parents know, watching a favorite TV show or movie over and over and over is a favorite activity for a child, and Pokemon Channel lets them do just that. Plus the game is unique, simple, and cute all at the same time. It's great for parents looking for a GameCube game for their youngest. Only die-hard Pokemon fans and young players will hold interest in it, though.
N-Zone (May 13, 2004)
Ein derart pflegeleichtes Haustier hat schon was für sich. Ich finde es auch immer wieder erstaunlich, wie sich aus spärlichen Details eine derart ausdrucksstarke Mimik zaubern lässt. Kein Mucks, kein Laut und trotzdem genügt häufig ein flüchtiger Blick, um die Stimmungslage seines Mitbewohners zu deuten. Zumindest für Pokémon-Fanatiker und Jüngere ist dieses Spiel absolut perfekt.
GameDaily (Dec 31, 2003)
The only reason I can think of as to why you'd hate Pokemon Channel is because you despise Pokemon, and that's a shame because it's a phenomenal budget title and a perfect stocking stuffer. You can spend hours collecting stuff and chillin with Pikachu, but it may take years to color everything, making this the closest we're going to get to a Mario Paint this console generation. Definitely check it out, and if you have reservations, think about this; when was the last time Nintendo released a brand new (console) first party game for $30? Buy it.
(PAL version)
Okay... wer zum Geier hat den Jungs von Nintendo geraten, eine Sammlung aus netten Gimmicks als Vollspiel auf den Markt zu werfen? Der Spieler wird sich fragen, ob er sich jetzt eigentlich ein Spiel oder eine Video-DVD mit vielen Extras gekauft hat - und ob der Nachwuchs nicht auch ein Recht auf anständige Unterhaltung hat. Ernsthafte Spieler zucken mit den Schultern und nehmen es als eine Randerscheinung der Pokémon Welle hin.
Wem das alles recht seicht erscheint, der hat recht. Das Gameplay ist dünn wie eine Suppe im Biergarten nach drei Stunden Wolkenbruch, während Schwierigkeitsgrad von jedermann über Grundschulniveau eigentlich nicht mehr wahrnehmbar ist. So wirklich Freude kommt überhaupt nur aus der Wechselwirkung verschiedener Programme auf. Ihr könnt in Pichu Bros. Bilder in schwarz/weiß aufnehmen, ausmalen und dann verkaufen. Eure Werke werden dann im Kunstkanal besprochen und mit der verdienten Kohle könnt ihr ihm im Shopping-Center Sammlerstücke oder Minispiele kaufen. Das alles garniert mit einem Hauch frischer Natur voller wilder Pokémon macht den Kohl dann auch nicht mehr fett.
A Pikachu and a television are the main components of this release, which isn’t so much a game but a virtual pet/TV-watching sim. Collecting cards, playing minigames, and painting are also on the docket for this strange release. Prof. Oak wants you to watch all the shows; including a news network, Shop ‘N Squirtle, and exclusive Pikachu Bros. anime. Oak unlocks new channels as you go, but being forced to view Slowpoke sleeping or Smoochum doing aerobics in their entirety isn’t my idea of fun.
VicioJuegos.com (Jul 10, 2007)
Un juego muy mediocre, y soso en general. Que probablemente sólo guste a los fans y a los pequeños de la casa.
GamePro (US) (Dec 02, 2003)
Pokémon 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.
Netjak (Jan 14, 2004)
It seemed like only yesterday that the Pokemon juggernaut captured hearts and wallets everywhere. In addition to the television show, there were numerous video games, movies, dolls, clothing and even breakfast cereal. Perhaps the breakfast cereal was the death knell for the franchise; after all, who else remembers Urkel-Os? While the Pokemon franchise certainly hasn’t become as obscure a reference as the once ubiquitous Steve Urkel, it has had to step aside and make room for new franchises like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Beyblade. Perhaps this is why Pokemon Channel was able to arrive in stores with little or no fanfare.
GameSpot (Dec 17, 2003)
Pokémon Channel is the latest entry in Nintendo's long-running series of games based on the popular anime franchise that has been going strong since the first game hit the original Game Boy in the late '90s. Since then, the series has seen a variety of entries on the Game Boy Platform, along with appearances on Nintendo's home consoles. Whereas the handheld titles have proved to be addictive and inventive games in their own rights, the home console titles have usually fallen short of the high standards set by the Game Boy games. This, unfortunately, holds true for Pokémon Channel, a loosely defined game that has you hanging out with Pokémon poster boy Pikachu. While there are some interesting elements to the game, it's ultimately undone by poor execution that ends up bringing down the whole experience. So, if you ever thought it would be cool to hang out with Pikachu, think again.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 09, 2004)
In it's relatively short history Nintendo's Pocket Monster franchise has spawned a whole host of spin-offs, from the hardcore Pokemon Stadium and Card Battle games, to the innovative Pokemon Snap and the just plain bonkers "Hey You, Pikachu!" on the Nintendo 64. This last title was actually more of a virtual pet than a game in any meaningful sense of the word. It allowed you to talk to and interact with Pikachu via a plug-in microphone, and it is this central concept of befriending and bonding with Pikachu that lies at the heart of this latest Pokemon title.
IGN (Dec 04, 2003)
It's rare to find a title that doesn't offer anything that resembles a game, but replaces gameplay with a glorified Chao program. Of course, if any brand could pull off such a feat, it would be Nintendo's Pokemon -- enter Pokemon Channel.
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 07, 2004)
Même s'il se veut clairement destiné aux très jeunes fans de Pokémon, Pokémon Channel touche le fond en matière d'intérêt ludique à proprement parler. Le concept a le mérite d'être original, mais le jeu est creux, ennuyeux et incite à la passivité.
G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 07, 2006)
The RPG-style "Pokemon" games on the Game Boy are good enough that it doesn't matter whether you watch the cartoon or appreciate the phenomenon. But "Pokemon Channel" is strictly for the Pokemaniacs. And even they will feel ripped off once they discover what a hollow, stripped-down experience it is. Our advice to insatiably curious Pokemon fans (and their parents) who won't take our word for it: Rent this one first and learn for yourself. Even better, get the kiddies a box of crayons and a Pokemon coloring book. They'll have a much better time.
GameSpy (Jan 23, 2004)
I like Pokémon. I like it a lot, really. But Nintendo has managed to concoct a Pokémon tie-in that will shame even the most ardent fans of this prolific franchise. Pokémon Channel innovates by nixing nearly all traces of gameplay, providing an experience that captivates for whole minutes with its absurdity and oddly-disturbing qualities.
Cubed3 (Apr 03, 2004)
It isn't a game, it isn't entertaining, it does not have a point and it is certainly not worth paying for, or using up your GameCube's valuable laser on. This shouldn't be a proper game, it should be a gimpy little add on for a bigger game. If you buy it now you only have yourself to blame.
Gamesmania.de (Jun 04, 2004)
Es wäre unfair, dem Titel eine Wertung nach dem gewöhnlichen Schema zu geben. Pokémon Channel ist im Grunde kein richtiges Spiel, sondern vielmehr eine Entspannungskur für Pokémonfans. Abends zurücklehnen, ein wenig belanglose Animes oder fiktive Nachrichten gucken und mit seinem Pikachu spazieren gehen - besser als das sonstige Abendprogramm ist das allemal! Fans und Sammler riskieren einen Blick, alle anderen machen einen großen Bogen um den Titel.