Pokémon Channel

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Pokémon Channel
ポケモンチャンネル ~ピカチュウといっしょ!~
Channel EN boxart.png
Boxart of Pokémon Channel
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Category: Virtual pet
Players: 1
Connectivity: None
Developer: Ambrella
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation III spin-off
Release dates
Japan: July 18, 2003
North America: December 1, 2003
Australia: 2004
Europe: April 1, 2004
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: Pokémon.co.jp
English: Official site
Japanese boxart
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Japanese boxart of Pokémon Channel
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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 spin-off game developed by Ambrella for the Nintendo GameCube.

The player and their 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). However, the purpose of this game can be thwarted by adjusting the GameCube system's date and time settings.

Most of the Pokémon have their anime voices, including Meowth, and the game includes a unique anime episode titled Pichu Bros. in Party Panic.

The game includes an in-game Pokémon mini emulator. Most of the games are from its existing library, though there is one new game, entitled Snorlax's Lunchtime.

After completing the game by watching all the episodes of Pichu Bros. in Party Panic, Jirachi can be downloaded from the European and Australian edition of the game. Although originally intended for download from a bonus disc related to the game, Jirachi's distribution method in other countries ended up having nothing to do with Pokémon Channel.


Professor Oak needs your help!
Pokémon Channel is a TV-broadcasting network that airs a variety of Pokémon programs, and he's selected YOU as the initial test audience! With the help of Pikachu and other Pokémon, you can make Pokémon channel the highest rated channel on TV!

  • Pokémon News Flash - Watch Psyduck deliver the news while Meowth reports on-location. Pay close attention for hints on where to meet Pokémon.
  • Featuring an all-new animation: Pichu Bros. in Party Panic! exclusively for Pokémon Channel!
  • Smeargle's Art Study - Paint your favorite scenes and have them evaluated by Smeargle!
  • Shop 'N Squirtle - Use purchase points to buy items for your room and make it more Pikachu friendly!
  • Play with Pikachu outside and meet many different Pokémon!
  • Pokémon mini - Play a virtual version of Pokémon mini and select from a variety of mini game titles!

Mintale Town

Mintale Town is split into four areas. The house is located in Springleaf Field, while the other three areas are reached by bus.

Through exploring the world, it is possible to interact with wild Pokémon, most commonly through them asking questions about themselves. A correct answer will earn the player a collectible card. What Pokémon appear in each area depends on the time of day and weather. The weather is changed by watching Slowpoke's Weather Report, while the day is split into the following time periods:

  • Morning: 5:00 AM – 9:00 AM
  • Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Evening: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Night: 7:00 PM – 5:00 AM


Channel Details Image
Prof. Oak Report This is where the game is saved. Prof. Oak Report.png
Pichu Brothers The Pichu Brothers episode. There are many channels for this, giving the choice each of five parts, the full version, or foreign language versions. In the NA version of the game, the foreign language of the channel is Japanese. In the European version of the game, if the game language is set in English, the foreign language will be Spanish. If the game language is set in Spanish, the foreign language will be English. In the English version of the game, there is also a special "Kasumi version", which is the Japanese version but with Kasumi (Misty) as the narrator. Pichu Bros Channel.png
PNF (Pokémon News Flash) Psyduck tells the news with Meowth giving reports from the scene. Sometimes Psyduck falls asleep and does nothing, in which case the show ends. Meowth basically interviews random Pokémon in random locations. PNF Channel.png
Shop 'N Squirtle The game's shop, hosted by Spencer the Squirtle (wearing the Squirtle Squad glasses). Most items are room decorations, though cards and Pokémon minigames can also be obtained. Items will be delivered by Delibird the following day. Bus passes must be obtained to travel to each of the three regions, though Delibird will deliver these immediately. Shop N Squirtle Channel.png
Quiz Wobbuffet A quiz show hosted by Wobbuffet. After watching three Pokémon answer questions, there is a "Present Quiz" where the player can earn money. Then, after watching the Pokémon answer more questions, the "Present Quiz" will begin again. Quiz Wobbuffet Channel.png
Smoochum Shape-up An exercise program hosted by Roochu the Smoochum. Smoochum Shape Up Channel.png
Slowpoke's Weather Report Slowpoke gives the weather forecast for one of the regions. This physically changes the weather, changing the Pokémon found in the area. Slowpoke Weather Report Channel.png
Eggzamination: Hatch Up! An Egg is viewed until it hatches. The player can guess the Pokémon inside and will win money if correct on hatching. Eggs can take from five minutes to 24 hours to hatch. Eggzamination Hatch Up! channel.png
Mareep Farm A number of Mareep are counted as they jump over a fence. Pikachu will become sleepy watching this. Mareep Farm Channel.png
Smeargle's Art Study Smeargle rates the picture hanging on the player's wall. Smeargle's Art Study channel.png
Chansey's Fortune Cookie Chansey offers five fortune cookies. One message can be chosen each day. Chansey's Fortune Cookie channel.png
Chum Chum Ranking Moochu the Smoochum, who is the twin sister of Roochu the Smoochum from Smoochum Shape-up, hosts the ranking channel. First, five Pokémon or things are put in popularity order. Then, Pokémon are asked which of two items they prefer. Finally, some statistics about the player are given. Chum Chum Ranking Channel.png
Odd One Out A number of Oddish come onto the screen and the player can bet on whether there will be an even or odd number. Odd One Out channel.png


Players can obtain Jirachi in both the European and Australian versions of the game. It can be downloaded onto a version of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. After unlocking the full version of The Pichu Bros. in Party Panic, Jirachi will appear, and the mini-movie will be shown above the campfire. The Berry Glitch in Ruby and Sapphire can also be fixed. Due to a bug, this Jirachi can be shiny. The player must have entered the Hall of Fame and have an empty slot in their party in order to receive Jirachi.

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Poké Ball III.png JIRACHI Dex No. 0385 Random nature. Normal Wish None
Lv5 Type Met in a fateful encounter when Psychic Confusion
Spr 3r 385.png Steel Psychic at Lv 5. Psychic Rest
  -- --
ID No. 40122 There is no limit to this Pokémon's availability.
It may be obtained on any date, beginning from
when it was released.
It was available in Europe and Australia.
Item Ability
Salac Berry Salac Berry or
Ganlon Berry Ganlon Berry
Serene Grace
This Pokémon is English in origin.
This Pokémon can be Shiny.
Can be obtained with: R S FR LG E
Obtained from: Colo XD Box Chn Distribution


e-Reader Support

Exclusive to the North American, Japanese, and Australian releases, it came with three e-Reader cards to be used in Smeargle Paint, but only in earlier releases:

  • North American release included Line Art Card: The Pikachu Star, Line Art Card: The Kyogre Constellation and Paint Pattern Card: Poké A La Card on a single sheet, and players are required to punch the cards out of the sheet in order to use them.
  • Japanese and Australian releases included Line Art Card: The Pikachu Star, Line Art Card: Jirachi and Paint Pattern Card: Poké A La Card as standalone cards.

After the e-Reader was discontinued midway through the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance's lifecycle, due to its unpopularity outside Japan, later printings of the game excluded the cards, but the e-Reader compatibility still exists. Line Art Card: The Kyogre Constellation was included in the Summer 2003 issue of Pokémon Scoop, which was distributed in Pokémon Festa 2003.

Card ID Card ID (JPN) Card Name Effect
11-A101 11-A001 Line Art Card: The Pikachu Star Provides a picture outline for drawing Pikachu and paint colors.
11-A102 11-P001 Line Art Card: The Kyogre Constellation Provides a picture outline for drawing Kyogre and paint colors.
11-A103 11-A003 Paint Pattern Card: Poké A La Card Provides paint patterns to be used in Smeargle Paint.
11-P101 11-A002 Line Art Card: Jirachi Provides a picture outline for drawing Jirachi and paint colors.

Program Expansion Disc

Exclusive to the Japanese release, it came with an expansion disc (番組拡張パック) that read the save of Pokémon Channel from the memory card. It provides the following extra channels to watch.

Channel Details Image
Movie Channel 1 "Pikachu The Movie Story" Plays a short movie detailing the history of all the Pokémon movies.
Movie Channel 2 Provides a trailer for the Jirachi (M06) movie.
Event Channel Shows a fireworks show.
Nintendo Channel A trailer for various Pokémon merchandise including E-Reader, Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, and Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.

Pokémon mini

Main article: Pokémon mini

Pokémon Channel also includes a virtual Pokémon mini. Pikachu must find it under the bed before it can be played. The virtual Pokémon mini comes with a Pokémon Channel exclusive game, Snorlax's Lunch Time. The player has to buy other Pokémon minigames on Shop 'N Squirtle.

Snorlax's Lunch Time

This is a bonus game exclusive to Pokémon Channel. The goal is to keep feeding Snorlax until it accidentally tries to eat a Pichu.

Pokémon Mini Petit and mini versions

Additionally, certain Pokémon minigames to be played, albeit stripped down and renamed, or broken up into multiple games. The Japanese version has 10 games, while the International version has 6.

Pokémon Channel Pokémon mini
Slowking's Judge Pokémon Party mini
Chansey's Dribble Pokémon Party mini
Pokémon Pinball Petit Pokémon Pinball mini
Puzzle Collection Petit Pokémon Puzzle Collection
Pokemon Race Mini miniJPN Pokémon Race mini
Hoppip JumpJPN Pichu Bros. mini
Skateboard PichuJPN Pichu Bros. mini
Togepi's Great Adventure PetitJPN Togepi's Great Adventure
Magby Hot Air BalloonJPN Pichu Bros. mini
Pikachu's Rocket StartIntl Pokémon Party mini


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Channel


Pokémon Channel received a "Meh" score of 5.0 out of 10 from IGN, stating that "There's plenty here for the Pokemon fan, but it's only skin deep," and although the game does have "interesting aspects," it "makes watching TV boring."[1]


See also


Pikachu series: Hey You, Pikachu!ChannelDash
TCG: Game Boy TCG series: Trading Card GameTrading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!
Play It! series: Play It!Play It! Version 2
TCG Client series: Trading Card Game OnlineTrading Card Game Live
Misc. TCG: Card Game OnlineCard Game: How to Play DSTCG Card Dex
Super Smash Bros. series: Super Smash Bros.MeleeBrawlfor Nintendo 3DS/Wii UUltimate
Snap series: SnapNew Pokémon Snap
Picross: Picross NP Vol. 1Picross (GBC) (canceled)Picross (3DS)
Pinball series: PinballPinball miniPinball: RS
Puzzle series: Puzzle LeaguePuzzle Challenge
Trozei series: Trozei!Battle Trozei
Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team
Explorers of Time, Darkness & Sky
Blazing, Stormy & Light Adventure Squad
Gates to Infinity
Super Mystery Dungeon
Rescue Team DX
Ranger series: RangerShadows of AlmiaGuardian Signs
Puck series: BattrioTretta (Tretta Lab) • Ga-OléMezastar
Rumble series: RumbleRumble BlastRumble URumble WorldRumble Rush
PokéPark series: PokéPark WiiPokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
Detective Pikachu series: Detective PikachuDetective Pikachu Returns
Playground: Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Pokémon game templates

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