The Variety Channel (Japanese: バラエティー チャンネールーぅ Variety Channel) is a radio channel introduced in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. It mixes the Buena's Password channel with a couple new shows. Aside from the aforementioned program are a documentary and radio play; the three programs rotate on an hourly basis throughout the day.
Pokémon Search Party
Pokémon Search Party (Japanese: ポケモンそうさくたい Pokémon Search Party) is a radio documentary covering the events a data crew encounter while exploring caves and ruins. More episodes become available as the player advances through the game.
- The Cave Plunged into Darkness (Union Cave) (Japanese: やみに しずむ どうくつ！)
- Solving the Unown Puzzle! (Ruins of Alph) (Japanese: アンノーンの なぞを おえ！)
- The Dark Shadow that Kidnapped Slowpoke! (Slowpoke Well) (Japanese: ヤドンを さらう くろいかげ)
- Great Strategy in Ilex Forest! (Japanese: ウバメのもり だいさくせん)
- Look! A Red Gyarados! (Lake of Rage) (Japanese: もくげき！ あかいギャラドス)
- The Shivering Path Out of Ice! (Ice Path) (Japanese: ふるえる こおりのぬけみち)
- The Legend Disappeared into the Whirlpool! (Whirl Islands) (Japanese: うずしおに きえた でんせつ)
- The Viridian Forest Search Party! (Japanese: トキワのもりの そうさくたい)
- Rumors on Mt. Moon! (Japanese: おつきみやまの うわさ)
- Illusion Cycling! (Route 17) (Japanese: まぼろし サイクリング！)
- The Strange Giratina! (Distortion World) (Japanese: きみょうな ギラティナ！)
- Found it! The Illusion Space! (Mt. Coronet) (Japanese: はっけん！ まぼろしのくうかん)
- The True Shape of the Cave’s Owner! (Cerulean Cave) (Japanese: どうくつの ぬしの しょうたい)
Serial Radio Drama
The Serial Radio Drama (Japanese: れんぞくラジオドラマ Serial Radio Drama) program features four different radio plays of varying genres, all of which are performed by Silver Drama (Japanese: シロガネげきだん Shirogane Troupe).
- An anime-style drama titled "The Young Pokéathlete Maximo" (Japanese: ポケスリートしょうねん ケジメ) starring Maximo, eight episodes total
- Angry Maximo (Japanese: あれくるう ケジメ)
- The Screaming Old Man (Japanese: さけぶ じじい！)
- Unforgettable Emotions (Japanese: わすれえぬ おもい)
- Hot Blooded (Japanese: たぎる ちしお)
- True Friends (Japanese: しんじつの なかま)
- The Old Man's True Face (Japanese: ほんとうの ろうじん)
- The Real Me (Japanese: ほんとうの じぶん)
- The Real Maximo (Japanese: ほんとうの ケジメ)
- A suspense drama titled "Johto Case Notes" (Japanese: ジョウトじけんぼ) starring the Radio Crew (Japanese: ラジオクルー), five episodes total
- A soap opera set around Johto and on the S.S. Aqua titled "Waves of Love" (Japanese: あいのなみま) starring a couple named East (Japanese: ヒガシ) and West (Japanese: ニシエ), five episodes total
- A road film-style drama titled "Delinquent Road" (Japanese: つっぱりロード) starring Pario (Japanese: パリオ), four episodes total
- Racing Emotions (Japanese: あいのなみま)
- A Rival Appears (Japanese: かそくする おもい)
- Bicycle Girl (Japanese: ライバルとうじょう)
- Main article: Buena's Password
Buena's Password is a radio show where Buena tells the player a password, and the player will be able to go to Goldenrod City Radio Tower where they player get can earn points and prizes for getting the password right.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, players receive gifts based on the points on their Blue Card as opposed to choosing what to purchase with these points, as was the case in Gold and Silver. Points went down in the earlier games after buying items - something which the Generation IV remakes did not have.
Generation II items
Generation IV items
The three programs run on the same schedule daily.
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- The program Serial Radio Drama may have originally been intended to be called Radio Miniseries, as referenced by the radio located in Mahogany Town tuned to the Variety Channel.