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Pokémon Channel

Also known as: Pokémon Channel: Pikachu to Issho! (JP)
Developer: Ambrella[1]
Publishers: The Pokémon Company[1] (JP), Nintendo[1] (INT)
Platform: GameCube
Released in JP: July 18, 2003[1]
Released in US: December 1, 2003[1]
Released in EU: April 2, 2004[1]
Released in AU: April 1, 2004[1]


ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Pokémon Channel is the spiritual successor/sequel to Hey You, Pikachu!, featuring similar gameplay mechanics, but with pointing and clicking instead of voice commands. Notable features include a Pokémon mini emulator, an exclusive anime titled "Pichu Bros. in Party Panic", and lots of TV watching.

Sub-Pages

Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
PChannel pikaviewer.png
Debug Menus
Many, many scripts.

Unused Models

bar.dat

A bar with "power" written on it.

baruca_default.dat

A rectangular-shaped Ditto.

common_dsk_X_all.dat

There are discs for all TV channels (including two slightly different versions of Slowpoke's Weather Forecast for some reason), implying that you may have originally had to find a disc for each channel rather than just for Pichu Bros. Part 5 (which is the only disc that has a translated variant). In the European version, all the discs have been replaced with copies of Pichu Bros Part 5.

Pokemonchannel pichu5used.png

common_song_book.dat

An untranslated song book with Jigglypuff and the Pichu Brothers on it.

common_ice_bou.dat

A popsicle stick that translates to "miss". In Japan it's common for popsicles to be part of a little lottery game. If you get the right popsicle stick, you could win a small prize, like a free popsicle. Since this one says "miss" it indicates a non-winning stick. Better luck next time.

m_fusen_X.dat

Several inflatable Pokémon toys that may have been meant to be purchased from Shop 'N Squirtle.

m_myroom_pc.dat

A model of a computer. While it can't be seen, there's actually a picture on the monitor with a wallpaper from Hey You, Pikachu!.

m_myroom_tirasi.dat

A Japanese poster for Hey You, Pikachu!.

nice_card.dat

A primitive Nice Card design. The back has the kanji symbol 仮, meaning "Temporary".

nuri_640.dat

PChannel nuri 640.png

A Japanese screenshot of Quiz Wobbuffet that has been edited using the in-game Smeargle Paint tool. The filename "nuri" most likely refers to 塗り (to paint).

pch_title.dat

A little redundant.

An early, more colorful version of the game's logo. The text at the bottom just translates to Pokémon Channel (ポケモンチャンネル).

system_opening_picyu.dat

PChannel system opening picyu.png

A ribbon that reads Pichu (ピチュー), indicating that Pichu was originally meant to be seen during the opening sequence.

system_opening_ribon.dat

PChannel system opening ribon.png

Another ribbon that reads Pikachu with friends (ピカチュウとなかまたち), also meant for the opening sequence.

t_signpost_X.dat

Three signposts, likely meant to appear on-screen when entering each respective area.

t_tvguide_X.dat

A large assortment of what may be leftovers from an E3 demo.

t_tv_guide_omake_bg.dat

Amongst omake_bg in the latter's textures are screenshots from the films Spell of the Unown and Jirachi, Wish Maker.

t_ookido.dat

PChannel t ookido.png

A picture of Professor Oak with the character 仮 (temporary) on his forehead.

test_640.dat

PChannel tp 640.png

A TV screen test, mostly based on the famous Philips PM5544. The named company and phone number are of a real serviceman in Poland (http://www.serwis-tv.com).

Obscured Graphics

Squirtle's Eyes

PKChannel Squirtle.png

Squirtle's model has eyes, but they are covered up by the sunglasses he is wearing. As such, they're normally not seen by the player.

Unused Music

All music from Hey You, Pikachu! is still present in the data.

Unused Scenes

opening_demo_tv3_short.pkc

PChannel opening demo tv3 short.png

An unused title screen that takes place in Cobalt Coast. There is no cursor. While this is not used in-game, the Cobalt Coast background is used for the Pokémon Channel Bangumi Kakuchou Pack bonus disc's title screen, which is exclusive to Japan. It can be reinserted into the game with the following code:

PTGZ-9A1Y-NEVX7
5G6Z-2BMJ-8HJZF
PGGG-AK35-19DZ9

opening_demo_tv2.pkc

PChannel opening demo tv2.png

An unused variant of the opening cutscene with Pikachu, Treecko, Torchic, Pichu, and Togepi.

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Specify what the e-Reader does. If like most games, removed support is a European version difference.

Jirachi

The European version has the Jirachi event that was on the Japanese and American Bonus Disc that players got when pre-ordering Pokémon Colosseum. Europe didn't get the chance to get this Bonus Disc, and with it the ability to obtain Celebi (Japan) or Jirachi (US) along with a fix to the Berry Glitch. In this respect, Jirachi was more accessible because the game didn't need to be pre-ordered, and all that needed to be done was to unlock the full showing of "Pichu Bros. in Party Panic".

This event is still only for Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, though.

Cry Changes

Like Hey You, Pikachu!, most of the Pokémon voices were changed to match the English dub of the anime.

SD Card

Hmmm...
To do:
Add USA AR code. Check if the leftovers are translated to all languages.

The Japanese version has the ability to save pictures using the GameCube SD card adapter. This can be activated in international versions with the following Action Replay codes.

Europe
RC6A-A0YJ-KVEWD
6RYC-1BX1-AG6B4
M1WM-W79Z-MYVD5
(Source: Ralf@gc-forever)

References