Pokémon Channel is a spinoff of the rather popular Pokémon video game series. It's the Spiritual Successor of Hey You, Pikachu!, and with its own Spiritual Successor in PokéPark Wii, 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.
Armor Is Useless: 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.
Asleep in Class: Averted, Pikachu will fall asleep in front of the Snorlax doll if interacted with.
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.
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.
Couch Gag: 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.
A four leaf clover can also be seen in a pot on the player's windows pane.
From My Own Personal Garden: 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.
Genre-Busting: 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"
Guide Dang It: 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.
Impossibly Mundane Explanation: 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.
In-Game TV: While this trope is nothing new to the Pokémon series, it's the main focus of the game.
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 Fishing Mini Game 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.
The Sandbag: There's a Wobbufett punching bag in the bedroom. Pikachu punches it when it's interacted with.
Scenery as You Go: In Cobalt Coast there is an island in the background (which is most likely Cobalt Island from Hey You, Pikachu!). Although there is no way to get to it, Pikachu will sometimes try to swim to it but almost drowns.
Stylistic Suck: When Pikachu punches the Wobbufett punching bag, it makes a sound similar to a low-quality sound card in a toy. The Flavor Textlampshades this by having the word "speaks" in quotation marks.
Actually Pretty Funny: Pikachu pretty much embarrasses himself by excersising with the Smoochum. It's worth quite a laugh for some.
Same Face, Different Name: 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.