Hey You, Pikachu!
What if you had your very own Pikachu to talk to? What would you say? Nintendo's going to give you that chance this holiday season. In Hey You, Pikachu! you get your very own Pika-pal to talk to and go on special missions with. Whether it's gathering food for a hungry Bulbasaur, helping out a group of Caterpies and their Butterfree friend, or just going for a walk, you've gotta keep Pikachu happy and entertained.
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Do you or someone you know squeal in glee at whatever cute noise or action Pikachu makes? If it was humanly possible, would they want a Pikachu of their very own to do their bidding? And if that bidding included collecting fruits and berries, helping wayward Pokemon or catching fish, would they be able to die happy? So many questions--and here's the answer. Give them this game and run very fast in the other direction. Hey You, Pikachu! has that same sickeningly cute quality that drives 20 or 30-some-thing women to Hello Kitty merchandise (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's a virtual Pikachu, but not the butt-kicking, animal-shocking variety. Don't expect deep and meaningful conversations--after all, he can only respond with "Pikachu!" What you can expect are a variety of little missions, playing around with other PokSmon for points, and gaining the love of a certain yellow electric mammal. Graphics are about what you'd expect-nothing spectacular, but nothing that looks out of the ordinary for an N64 title. The simple interface is easy enough, but Pikachu likes to do things you don't want him to. Pikachu's voice recognition technology is about on par with Seaman (sans witty rebuttals). He had no trouble understanding me when I said. "Good Morning," or "Eat it" to him. Kids are gonna love it, but older Pokdmon fanatics won't find much to get excited over here.
The great thing about the Game Boy Pokemon titles is that they really aren't just for kids. Sure the tykes love the sickeningly cute critters, but past the sugar coating adults can find fairly compelling RPGs. Unfortunately this is not the case with Hey You, Pikachu! The "conversations" you have with Pikachu are mostly one-word orders, and the minigames you play together are so simple they make the Mario Party contests seem like RPGs. The graphics are bland and sloppy, and the interface makes it hard to point at what you want. Most of this will matter little to children, who will love it anyway, but if your age or IQ is over 10. skip it.
Young Poktmon fans will go ballistic for Hey You, Pikachu! Arguably the cutest member of the Pok6mon ranks, the Poke-mascot's voice-recognition adventure will please youngins immeasurably as it gives players a chance to get about as dose to this virtual-pet as possible. Say "goodnight!" and Pikachu will hop V squeal in joy and "Pika" right back 'atcha. It's a rudimentary Seaman, with more immediate rewards, but the drawback is that it*s not only very linear, but that you're hand-held the entire way through. What you're required to say is revealed in red lettering, and that saps the freedom from the game. Good for the under-six crowd.
Have you ever wanted to truly play with an on-screen Pikachu? Well despite the fact that you may need psychiatric help now you can with Hey You, Pikachu! This may not be a title to catch everyone's attention but this is the first N64 game to use voice recognition. Yes that's right, by using the microphone that comes with the game you can talk to your very own Pikachu!
This ultimate advancement in cyberpet technology allows you to help Pikachu fish, cook, search for treasure and many other things. Other Pokemon such as Bulbasaur, Caterpie, Charmander and Squirtle are also in the game for Pikachu to interact with. Do well and you can earn friendship points but annoy Pikachu and he could run off! Hey You, Pikachu! hasn't been confirmed for a UK release yet but is due out in the US around Christmas time.
This game gives you the chance to shout at Pikachu - what more could any sane gamer want? Coming with its own microphone attachment and voice recognition software the technical marvel behind the game is quite amazing! In reality it's not quite as interactive as you might think, especially as the version on show at E3 was Japanese, so Pikachu spent most of his time just looking at us blankly! We're sure it will thrill Pokemon fans all across the UK though - if it ever comes out over here!