Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Odd Pokémon Technology

I've been doing some spring cleaning recently, and came across a bunch of various Pokémon technology. I wasn't quite sure where to put any of these things on their own, so I thought I'd do one big post covering everything I found.


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Tiger Electronic Pokéball 

This was an... odd little toy. It involved tilting the device to move a light around the bottom, and trying to catch Pokémon. I got it used and without instructions, so I was never really able to figure it out very well.

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Pokémon Pikachu 2

A pedometer pet! It was a sequel to the original Pokémon Pikachu. It had color, and Pikachu took care of itself, unlike on the original.

You walk to build up watts, which you can then give to Pikachu to build up your friendship with it. You could also send the watts over to Pokémon Gold, Silver, or Crystal versions through the Mystery Gift function on those games.

There was also a high-low card game you could bet watts on in order to earn more.

During different times throughout the day, you might be able to see Pikachu doing cute little things like eating or brushing its teeth.

It's more than a pedometer, but I wouldn't exactly call it a virtual pet. It sure is cute and fun to play with.

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Pokéwalker

Another sequel of sorts, this time to the Pokémon Pikachu 2. This one worked with Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. You could transfer a Pokémon from those games to keep in the device. Pokémon in the device will earn experience, but won't gain more than one level when transferred back to their home game.

Like with the Pokémon Pikachu 2, you need to walk to build up watts. You'd use these to catch Pokémon and find items in the device that you could send back to your game.

When sending Pokémon over to the Pokéwalker, you could choose different areas to send your Pokémon to. This would affect the wild Pokémon and items you could find.

This was really a lot of fun to play with, especially since it worked with SoulSilver, one of my favorite Pokémon games.

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Kanto Pokédex

A cute toy based on the original Kanto Pokédex. It had information on the original 150 Pokémon, moves they
could learn, general power levels, simple animations, and things like that.

The sound was really grating, but it at least had an option for turning it off.

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Hoenn Pokédex

There were different versions of this released by different companies, but this one was the Advanced Pokédex produced by Hasbro.

You could look through the different Pokémon, 'catch' Pokémon by answering trivia questions about them, play different little mini-games, and earn badges.

There were also passwords you could find and enter, but I always seemed to have trouble with that part.

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Pokémon V-Trainer: Pokémon Trainer's Choice and Pokémon Master Quest

The one pictured here is the Trainer's Choice version, the one based on the Gen III Pokémon and Pokémon Master Quest version.
characters. There was also one based on Gen II, the

You'd attach a trainer to the end and select your Pokémon to use in battle by putting a figure on top. By battling, you'd earn points which would get you more damaging moves and healing items to use in battle. If you had a friend who also had one, you could connect them to battle each other.

There were a lot of different trainers to battle and a good variety of Pokémon you could use yourself. It's sort of clunky and loud now, but it was really fun to play with at the time.

2 comments:

  1. Its also interesting to note that the HG/SS pokewalker was and maybe still is the worlds most accurate pedometer. I remember that neat little fact from some science newsletter I use to read online. These are all neat toys!

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    1. That's really cool! That also may be why shaking it never worked; it knew I was cheating.

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