Despite the fact that the actual concept of Pokemon is quite bizarre in itself, there still seems to be no end to the weird and wonderful ways that Nintendo can develop the franchise. Anyone remember Pokemon Snap? Where you ride around on a train, taking photos of your favourite loveable monsters? Strange! Well this latest offering for GameCube is certainly continuing the tradition, bringing a Poke-themed adventure, based around the concept of a dedicated Pokemon TV channel (perish the thought!).
As the far from cliched story would have it, the Pokemon television station has lost some segments of its most popular show, leaving you with the arduous task of collecting the clips and returning them to the station. Once all the pieces have been recovered, the show will be subsequently restored and ready for broadcast. And so you must explore the four corners of the Pokemon world, traversing the likes of beaches, mountains and woods, as you embark on said quest, along the way enlisting the help of everyone's favourite Poke-star, Pikachu.
Okay, still sounds a bit run-of-the-mill so far, but here's the catch: this fictional TV channel is not quite as fictional as you may presume, in the fact that you can actually watch it yourself. Throughout the game you get to savour the delights of a variety of Pokemon-themed TV shows, all in lovely DVD quality, courtesy of your own TV. There's a never before seen animation featuring the popular Pichu brothers, a quiz show, a news channel, shopping channel, and a whole load more.
The game also features an assortment of more interactive elements, such as the ability to select different scenes from the shows and colour them in with a paint tool, as well as the opportunity to collect 3D Pokemon 'NiceCard' lenticulars and play a version of Pokemon Mini. An absolute necessity for Poke-fans everywhere? Yes indeed.