''Pokémon Channel'' is a spinoff of the rather popular ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' video game series. It's the SpiritualSuccessor of ''VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu'', and with its own SpiritualSuccessor in ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii'', it would appear the 'cute Pikachu' games - Pokémon spinoffs geared for younger players in which the main draw is Pikachu running around acting all cute - is officially a subseries.

It is a simulation/virtual pet game that is about watching TV with a wild Pikachu and unlocking new channels every real day you watch. You can also go outside the house and have the Pikachu talk with other wild Pokémon to get collectible cards.

And that is pretty much it.

It was and still is wildly criticized for lacking gameplay and just being a blatant cash-in on ''Pokémon'''s popularity. In Europe, it was the only way to get a Jirachi, since you got one each time you beat the game. On the other hand, it is ''painfully'' cute, and approached on its own merits can be a mindlessly enjoyable endeavor. It also debuted the Pichu Bros. short "The Pichu Brothers in Party Panic", and if you ever wondered where the game Meowth's Party from the Spaceworld tech demo that unveiled the Gamecube went, it's here.
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!!The game as a whole exhibits examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: Or girl, the gender isn't specified.
* AchievementSystem: The Poképad has this.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Colbalt Coast.
* AllThereInTheManual: The manual gives out the location of where the Pokémon Mini emulator is.
* AnimalTalk: Less than [[VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu last time]]. The PokemonSpeak is now subtitled.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted with an item called "Pikacream" (sometimes found in crates). When interacted with, Pikachu will rub the cream all over his cheeks. Pikachu will then ask the player "if he applied the cream well". However, there appear to be no changes to Pikachu's cheek textures.
* AsleepInClass: Averted, Pikachu will fall asleep in front of the Snorlax doll if interacted with.
* AttractMode: One appears on the title screen if you wait.
* AudienceParticipation: Two In-Universe examples:
** In Viridian Forest, there is a bell in a tree. The game then asks if the player wants to sign up for "The Concert of the Forest", then Pikachu and some Togepi or Cleffa will be holding bells, and they'll play the Pokémon Channel commercial music with them.
** Before the Jigglypuff and Kecleon concert, a Charmander in the audience lights a campfire with its tail.
* {{Balloonacy}}: Cleffa balloons can sometimes be found in crates, and then float up into the sky. This makes it the only item that can't be interacted with.
* BananaPeel: Pikachu can slip on one in the backyard.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Pikachu will sometime leap into the camera.
* CatchAndReturn: A beach ball can be found in a hole in Springleaf field (except on the fifth day). With it, the player and Pikachu can play catch with it.
* CompanionCube:
-->Pikachu is saying "hello" to the Lapras doll.
* ConsoleCameo: {{Exaggerated|Trope}}. Not only is a Pokémon Mini present, but it also acts as an ''{{emulator}}''.
* {{Constellations}}: The game has a camp the player can stargaze from, with multiple Pokemon constellations viewable. These constellations also showed up in the credits of ''Anime/PokemonJirachiWishmaker''.
* ContinuityNod:
** If Togepi's nice card is collected, the next day it'll come by the player's house and bring the "Kasumi Channel", which is the "Pichu Brothers: In Party Panic" Japanese dub with Misty as the narrator. Togepi is most known for being one of Misty's Pokémon in the animé.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Viridian Forest]] is one of the locations you can visit.
* CouchGag: A little cutscene depicting Pikachu in the player's bedroom plays every time the player loads the save file. The couch gag? They're always different animations, from Pikachu doing a ballet to finding him sleeping in the storage closet.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Mt. Snowfall is the only location that doesn't have rain. Instead, it snows.
* {{Emulator}}: An emulator for the failed Pokémon Mini [[spoiler: can be found under the bed]]. In fact, this very feature was used to build actual [[http://doperoms.com/emulators/Pokemon_Mini.html‎ emulators]] for Pokémon Mini.
* EverythingIsOnline: Its a bit of a stretch, but it still counts. [[http://pokemonchannel.tv The official website]] for this game is one of the mini-sites Nintendo made back in the GameCube era. Most of the GameCube sites now redirect to [[http://nintendo.com Nintendo's websites]], but this is one of the many surviving sites, and boy does it show its age! Fittingly, its URL suffix is .tv [[ObligatoryJoke which was sometimes used for offical websites for TV shows]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: Pokémon Dolls.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: A small rainbow appears when Pikachu waters the plants during the daytime.
* ExtremeOmnivore:
--> Pikachu wants to eat the Charmander Doll.
--> The Charmander Doll wasn't very tasty!
* {{Feelies}}: The game comes with 3 E-Reader cards that allow the player to paint a picture of Pikachu, Kyogre, and a picture called "6-Pattern".
* FictionalCurrency: "Pokés". They're basically money from the main games, except everything's cheaper.
* FishingMinigame: ...and then the fish Pokémon ask you trivia questions about themselves.
* FlavorText: These appear when you press "B" on an object. It works exactly the same as the Pokéhelper from VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu.
* FourLeafClover: Pikachu can look for one in Springleaf Field.
** A four leaf clover can also be seen in a pot on the player's windows pane.
* FromMyOwnPersonalGarden: Pikachu and the player can plant berries in the garden. With proper watering, they will grow into berries and Pokémon will come to the garden to eat with Pikachu.
* GenreBusting: The game falls somewhere between the adventure, simulation, and virtual pet genres, not quite hitting any of them.
* {{Gesundheit}}: Sometimes while watching TV, Pikachu will go "ka-chu!" and move his head in a sneezing motion. The game will then reply with "Pikachu sneezed". The first time Pikachu sneezes, the player earns a quote-unquote "achievement" in the Poképad named "Bless you"
* GottaCatchThemAll: The nice cards.
* GrailInTheGarbage:
--> Pikachu is digging in the trash can.
--> Pikachu found nothing worthwile.
* GuideDangIt: You get the Pokémon cards by answering Pokémon trivia. The game can fall into this if you haven't kept up with the main games' flavor text.
* ImpossiblyMundaneExplanation: According to Pokémon News Flash, the reason why nobody falls asleep during the Jigglypuff and Kecleon concert is because Jigglypuff trained herself to sing to the point where nobody falls asleep.
* InGameTV: While this trope is nothing new to the Pokémon series, it's the main focus of the game.
* InUniverseGameClock: It's no ''AnimalCrossing'', but it still counts.
* InstantHomeDelivery: Some of the early items and the roms for the Pokémon Mini emulator arrive as soon as you order them via Delibird.
* JokeWeapon: A trumpet or harmonica can sometimes be found in crates. They serve no purpose other than to have Pikachu play them.
* LightningCanDoAnything: In the ruins of truth, Pikachu's Thunderbolt can make the plants in it light up.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion
* LuckBasedMission: The game ''loves'' using this trope.
** All of the items showcased on Shopping With Squirtle are completely random. The only exceptions are the required bus passes and the binder.
** The booster packs for nice cards are random as well. Not only that, but they can contain doubles too.
** The FishingMiniGame is completely random as well. First off, it's completely random whether or not Pikachu is going to sucessfully pull in the catch. And the Pokémon that are reeled in are random as well. And no, throwing the Pokémon food doesn't help you at all, if anything, it's just there to keep you entertained while you wait.
** The type of plants that grow in the garden is completely random as well. Plus, the type of plant predetermines which Pokémon will come to eat with Pikachu.
** There's an achievement called "bless you", which happens if Pikachu randomly sneezes while watching TV.
* MilitarySalute: Pikachu sometimes does this before leaving a room.
* MythologyGag: Once you [[spoiler:unlock the full Pichu Bros. short and watch it on a projector]], the game's main story ends on the "End of Day" jingle from ''VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu''.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. Pressing B on a plant in the garden that's turned brown, the description will say "This plant has [[NightmareFuel died]]".
* OldSaveBonus: In the PAL version, beating the game lets the player transfer a Jirachi to VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire. It also acts as a patch for the infamous [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Berry_glitch‎ Berry Glitch]].
* PointAndClickGame: This replaces the voice controls from ''Videogame/HeyYouPikachu''.
* ProductPlacement: The Pokémon Mini. Also, the game could entice you to buy a Pokémon stuffed animal.
* RegionalBonus: Only Europeans could unlock Jirachi by beating the main story. He still visits Pikachu and the player in the other versions, but it's only a cameo. (Americans got Jirachi through ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', so it kind of evens out. [[BadExportForYou At least outside Japan.]])
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pikachu, of course!
* TheSandbag: There's a Wobbufett punching bag in the bedroom. Pikachu punches it when it's interacted with.
* SceneryAsYouGo: In Cobalt Coast there is an island in the background (which is most likely Cobalt Island from ''VideoGame/HeyYouPikachu''). Although there is no way to get to it, Pikachu will sometimes try to swim to it [[spoiler: but almost drowns.]]
* StylisticSuck: When Pikachu punches the Wobbufett punching bag, it makes a sound similar to a low-quality sound card in a toy. The FlavorText {{lampshades}} this by having the word "speaks" in quotation marks.
* ShoutOut: Plenty
** Pikachu will sometimes try to [[SuperMario64 jump into the TV]].
** If Azurill is on Meowth's on the Scene Interview, it'll say "My ears are long. Just don't try to tie them in a knot." This is a reference to a line in the song "Do your ears hang low?".
* SelectiveLocalisation: The PAL version of the game uses metric measurements for the height and weight of the Pokémon's descriptions.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: The Wobbuffet spray (sometimes found in crates) will cause Pikachu to temporarily shrink in size, complete with HeliumSpeech.
* SurferDude: The Surfing Pikachu doll.
* SweetDreamsFuel: Oh my, yes.
* TicTacToe: This can be seen and played at Colbalt Coast during the daytime, albiet using black and white stones.
* VideogameSettings
** BigBoosHaunt: Ruins of Truth
** BleakLevel: Ruins of Truth
** FirstTown: Mintale Town
** GreenHillZone: The player's backyard and bedroom can count as this, judging from the clickspots everywhere.
** HubLevel: The front yard.
** JungleJapes: Viridian Forest
** TheLostWoods: Viridian Forest
** PalmtreePanic: Colbalt Coast
** PlayerHeadquarters: The bedroom obviously.
** RuinsForRuinsSake: Ruins of Truth
** SlippySlideyIceWorld: Mt. Snowfall


The game also features several channels for the player and Pikachu to enjoy together.
!!"The Pichu Bros. in Party Panic!" provides examples of:
* BilingualBonus: The Kasumi Channel is all Japanese, with no subtitles to help out anybody who doesn't speak Japanese. Depending on the version of the game, other dubs of the episode may be available.
* ConsoleCameo: Meowth can be seen holding a [=GameCube=] controller at the end of part 4.
* ContinuityNod: When comparing the Squirtle Squad's slowness at working, Meowth says "They're scarier than Pikachu!". Ash's Pikachu, of course.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "Side By Side"
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Just as in "Pikachu & Pichu" and "Camp Pikachu", the older Pichu has a cowlick to distinguish the two.
* ImportantHaircut: One scene shows Smoochum fixing her hair.
* MultiPartEpisode: {{Subverted|Trope}}. It's split up in to five parts, [[spoiler:although a full version can be unlocked later]].
* PaperThinDisguise: The Pichu Bros. try to disguise themselves as a Piloswine out of a brown sheet and a few traffic cones in one scene.
* PetTheDog: Meowth is horrified when he makes Cubone sad, and [[spoiler:his entire plan is to throw a legitimate party for all the Pokemon]].
* ThatCloudLooksLike: One part when the Pichu Bros. are on top of a building, they fall down from exhaustion. They then notice a cloud that look like them holding hands, and some clouds that look like fruit, making them hungry [[ForgetsToEat reminding them to find an invatation for the party]].
* TheSnackIsMoreInteresting: During one scene, when the characters are chasing an invitation, Teddiursa notices an ice cream truck and runs for that instead of the invitation.

!!Pokémon News Flash provides examples of:
* IntrepidReporter: In the form of Meowth, no less. Yes, ''that'' Meowth from Team Rocket.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver[=/=]KentBrockmanNews: Some of Meowth's on-the-scene clips are a bit... too trivial for a news report.

!!Shopping With Squirtle provides examples of:
* AnInteriorDesignerIsYou: Most of the products sold here are things to spiff up the room, including dolls, different TV sets, wallpaper...
* ContinuityNod: The sunglasses Spencer Squirtle wears is the same pair worn by one of the Squirtle Squad members in the animé.
* FunnyCharacterBoringActor: In-Universe. Spencer Squirtle hawking everything with such enthusiasm is actually pretty reserved off-camera.

!!Smoochum Shape Up provides examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Pikachu pretty much embarrasses himself by excersising with the Smoochum. It's worth quite a laugh for some.
* SameFaceDifferentName: Averted, the exercises are real, but have different names. For example: The "Leg Kicking Exercise" is actually leg lifts. Most notably the "Stress Relief Exercise" is actually jumping jacks.

!!Quiz Wobbuffet provides examples of:
* CaptainObvious: Most of the questions are pretty easy, [[ObliviousToHints although some of the contestants will miss them]].
* GameShowHost: Wobbuffet of course!
* MythologyGag: The Silhouette Quiz is an obvious nod to "Who's That Pokémon" from the animé.

!!Smergle's Art Study provides examples of:
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Invoked. Even if a painting is uncolored, he'll still compliment it.

!!Slowpoke's Weather Report provides examples of:
* OverlyLongGag
* OffScreenTeleportation: Slowpoke will occasionally leave the frame on one side and walk back on from the other side.
* WeatherControlMachine: When Slowpoke points its tail at the weather symbol, the weather automatically changes to that weather.

!!The Fortune Channel provides examples of:
* IceCreamKoan

!!The Eggzamination Channel provides examples of:
* CaptainObvious: It's pretty easy to know what Pokémon is in the egg. Just look at the egg's pattern.
* OverlyLongGag: It can take a very long time for the egg to hatch, ranging from 5 minutes to 24 hours. Better make sure your GameCube's fan is working...

!!Mareep Farm provides examples of:
* CountingSheep: ''Electric'' sheep.
* RelaxOVision: It can put Pikachu to sleep just by watching it. Also if the AsleepInClass trope above is used while this channel is on, Pikachu will sleep longer.

!!Odd One Out provides examples of:
* PunnyName: The first Pokémon you see are Oddish. Get it? '''Odd'''ish? '''Odd''' one out?

!!Chum Chum Ranking provides examples of:
* GuiltBasedGaming: The show's final segment only exists to make the player feel guilty for not playing the game enough.
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