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Pokémon Pikachu (Japanese: ポケットピカチュウ Pocket Pikachu) is a series of mini Game Boy-like devices that have features such as virtual pets, pedometers, slot machines, and, in the later models, an alarm, presents, and a high card/low card game.
In the United States, the original release was simply Pokémon Pikachu. Later, Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS could be purchased.
In Japan, the original release was simply Pocket Pikachu. Later, Pocket Pikachu Color could be purchased.
In Europe, the only release was the Pokémon Pikachu Color. It came out at the same time as the Pocket Pikachu Color (in Japan) and the Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS (in the US).
The unit is strapped onto a belt and used as a pedometer. Each step the the unit registers give the user "watts" which are a currency which can be used to gamble or buy Pikachu presents. As Pikachu's Happiness goes up (similar to the system in Pokémon Yellow) more activities are available. If neglected, however, the Pikachu will become angry and not respond to anything the user does.Watts can either be sent as a gift to other Pokémon Pikachu Units (on the Later Units), or to the tradional games via "Mystery Gift" (see below).
Pokémon Pikachu/Pocket Pikachu (Original Release)
The Original was in a Pikachu-Yellow case, and only had the Pikachu Virtual Pet, Pedometer, Present Giving, and Slot Machine where "Watts" could be gambeled.
- Pokémon Pikachu
- The Pokémon Pikachu was released in November, 1998 for the US.
- ポケットピカチュウ Pocket Pikachu
- It was exactly the same as the Pokémon Pikachu in The US, excepting, of course, language, retail areas (Japan Only) and name.
Pocket Pikachu Color, Pokémon Pikachu Color,and Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS (Sequels)
The Pocket Pikachu Color, Pokémon Pikachu Color,and the Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS were sequels to the original Pocket/Pokémon Pikachu(s).
They had extra features such as alarm composers, and a new Hi-Card/Lo-Card Gambling Game (the addition of this game, however meant that the slot machine be taken out.)
- ポケットピカチュウカラー 金・銀といっしょ! Pocket Pikachu Color: With Gold & Silver!
- The Pocket Pikachu Color only differed from the other versions in the matters of; Color choices (see below) and again, Language, Retail areas (Japan Only) and Name. It had a clear case, but there were also Blue, Gold, Silver and Clear Blue color choices that were limited edition.
- Pokémon Pikachu Color
- The Pokémon Pikachu Color is almost exactly the same as the Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS except that it lacks compatability with the traditional games due to their not being released yet in Europe when the Pokémon Pikachu Color was released, and it was only released in Europe.
- Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS
- The US version Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS has no other differences from the other versions than the differences stated above, excepting the area of retail (US Only) and that:
- Also, The Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS unit has an infrared port that is capable of communicating with the second generation traditional Pokémon games via the game's Mystery Gift option, which is utilized using both the infrared port on the Pokémon Pikachu and the infrared port on the Game Boy Color/Advance. This was to be able to trade the Pikachu's watts for items in the game. Though there is a limit to how much the Mystery Gift option can be used on the traditional game cartridges, the game's only limit to transfer in the number of watts of the unit. There is also unlimited trading of "Watts" between Pokémon Pikachu Units.
- Pokémon Pikachu is also:
- an item in Animal Crossing, though it is only a quest item, and the player cannot interact with it.
- a treasure in Wario Land 3.