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5 Pokemon Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
After the release of Pokemon GO, the franchise has experienced a resurgence in its popularity. People have been nostalgically revisiting old Pokemon in their original Red and Blue versions, and games like Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are selling online for over $80. During a time when Pokemon is everywhere, let’s take a moment to look at some officially licensed Pokemon games that were less popular and loved than the rest.
1. Pokemon Team Turbo- PC
Pokemon Team Turbo is a racing game released only in North America for PC in 2005. Team Turbo’s gameplay consists of using the mouse to guide Pokemon inside of Pokeball-shaped tops through one of six maze-like racing courses until they reach the finish line. Playable characters include popular Pokemon from generation 1 to 3 including Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Deoxys, Groudon, and Kyogre. Aside from the main racing mode in the game, Pokemon Team Turbo also includes 5 different puzzle-themed minigames that can be played to earn power-ups for racing.
2. Pokemon Seek & Find- PC
Similar to Pokemon Team Turbo, Pokemon Seek & Find is a North American exclusive game released for PC in 2006. Similar to main-entry Pokemon games, the player gets to pick between May or Ash as a playable character, and the gameplay for is basically Where’s Waldo with a Pokemon-themed skin. Pokemon Seek & Find has three levels of difficulty, each level giving the player less time to find more Pokemon on-screen. You can find 68 different Pokemon from generation 1 to generation 3.
3. Pokemon Channel- Nintendo Gamecube
Pokemon Channel is an obscure Gamecube title released in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan in 2003. The game’s official description is:
“Professor Oak needs your help!
Pokémon Channel is a TV-broadcasting network that airs a variety of Pokémon programs, and he’s selected YOU as the initial test audience! With the help of Pikachu and other Pokémon, you can make Pokémon channel the highest rated channel on TV!”
I know what you’re wondering: what form of intense, compelling gameplay does Pokemon Channel offer? It’s exactly what it sounds like: watching TV. Pokemon Channel has the player switch between watching Pokemon anime episodes and playing mini-games to earn new prizes. The mini-games are all located inside different “channels” on TV and include things like Quiz Wobbuffet, where the player is asked Pokemon-themed questions, Mareep Farm, where the player counts sheep, and Slowpoke’s Weather Report, where the player watches Slowpoke give them the forecast of the day’s weather.
Despite there being several mini-game channels, the main objective in Pokemon Channel is to watch anime episodes of a show called “Pichu Bros.” This show is similar to the shorts featuring the two pichus that came on before the feature-length Pokemon films.
4. Pokémon Say Tap?- iOS and Android
Out of all of the games on this list, Pokemon Say Tap? is by far the most obscure. Pokemon Say Tap? was released as a Japanese exclusive promotional app for iOS and Android and could only be downloaded from July 15th – October 28th in 2011. Based on the Pokemon Trading Card Game, Pokemon Say Tap? was a rhythm-based game that required players to tap the screen in time with Pokemon music.
Trivia: Pokemon Say Tap? was actually the first Pokemon app released on the app store. Eat your heart out, Pokemon GO!
5. Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure- Nintendo DS
Released for the Nintendo DS in 2011, Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure was a Pokemon game that never saw a North American release. The game came bundled with a wireless bluetooth keyboard that connected to the Nintendo DS. Players could encounter wild Pokemon in the game, and captured them by typing the Pokemon’s name correctly. In addition to catching common Pokemon, also featured several boss stages with legendaries including Ho-Oh, Lugia, Celebi, and several others. Learn with Pokemon: Typing Adventure had a complete generation V Pokedex and a story mode for the player to type through.
It’s fair to say that the developers really experimented with the Pokemon franchise! Are there any other obscure Pokemon games that I’ve missed? Have you played any of these before? Comment below!