The Pokémon franchise is one of the longest-lasting and most popular games series in the world. One of the games that helped it achieve that widespread appeal is Pokémon Channel for the Nintendo Gamecube. Many fans consider it to be a first of its kind. It is, after all, the game the brought Pikachu into our minds and our hearts and onto our televisions.When most people pick up a Pokémon game, they've come to expect a roleplaying experience in which they have to catch 'em all. Pokémon Channel, however, takes a different approach to the genre. It's a combination of an adventure game, a digital pet game, and an outright simulation. Rather than being filled with action scenes of Pokémon doing battle, Nintendo opted to give a cozy, warm experience that deeply resonated with Pokémon fans of all ages, and this one player game is rated E for Everybody.The player begins in a house where he or she lives alongside a pet, an electric mouse named Pikachu, and they are immediately given access to the full breadth of the game's experience. Players are allowed to channel surf freely through the programs on their TV, and many of these channels have been designed by the elderly Professor Oak. The voices of the Pokémon on these channels are drawn directly from the anime, which gives them a nostalgic feel that may be unique to these Pokémon games.Many of these television programs are not fully necessary to completing the story, but all of them are fun. The player can view an anime series known as Pichu Bros., watch a Psyduck do the news, and participate in a quiz show run by a Wobbuffet. By playing the quiz show and others like it, the player earns Poke. Poke is a currency that can be used to customize the interior of the home, take trips to other locations throughout the game, and even buy collectibles like trading cards or custom Pokemon dolls. That isn't to say that there isn't a goal; the plot kicks off when you find out that the TV station no longer has access to long sections of its most popular program. Afraid that viewers will not be happy when they find out what happened to their channels, Professor Oak sends you on an adventure to find the clips and gather them to save the channel from cancellation. Race to collect the clips and return them to the television station.The program is restored and ready for broadcast once the clips are pieced together, and you can finally relax. Before the journey comes to a finish, though, there's a reward that is unique to Pokémon experiences: the legendary Pokemon Jirachi appears and can be transferred to a Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire save file.With the legendary time Pokemon captured, the hard work is done and it is time to take Pikachu out to play in a grassy field or forest. Pikachu is friendly and fun to interact with, and he'll play outside for hours on end. Also included in the game is a digital version of Pokemon mini, which includes a wide variety of mini-games. After having fun outdoors and meeting other Pokemon, come home, relax, and watch TV with your Pikachu.