Just in case you've forgotten that two new Pokémon games are coming out in March, Nintendo has given the Pokécommunity a reason to head over to GameStop starting this weekend.
Beginning on January 30, the Pokémon obsessed will have a chance to feed the insatiable need for rare and weird creatures with an exclusive Pokémon download. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company International have announced that a unique Pikachu-colored Pichu will be available for download into Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum at GameStop through February 14.
But wait Pokéfreaks, there's more. Having a Pikachu-colored Pichu will be the only way to meet the spiky-eared Pichu, a unique creature from the Pokémon movies, in Pokémon Soulsilver and Heartgold after the games are eventually released on March 14. Further, an incredibly hard to catch eleven-toed Mankey can be caught by playing Soulsilver or Heartgold while taking hallucinogens. I made that last part up.
I've got nothing against Pokémon, but never played much of the series out of principle. It's not so much that every entry appears to be exactly the same, but that Pokémon is a game based around obsession. This rare Pokémon offer emphasizes why someone like me should never play Pokémon, as I am easily susceptible to games that require the collection of lots of items and rare things. I would be forced to catch them all, and it wouldn't be pretty, not for any of us.
The idea of a download for a rare creature in general is pretty cool, and isn't really done for other games, even though the whole situation sounds silly. A Pikachu-colored Pichu? I'm not a huge Pokémon guy, but even I can figure out that this means the Pichu is just a little more yellow, unless its abilities are also different (if I'm wrong, please harm me in writing). However, it supposedly also comes with the Held Item Everstone and is in a Cherish Ball. I assume everyone who it matters to knows what this means.