After countless encounters with Nintendogs and kittens, a few forgotten Tamagotchi, and a little Digimon handheld that I tragically lost in grade school, I realized I just wanted to go back to Pokemon. Until I got a copy of Yellow, I didn’t experience the joys of Pokemon’s adorably stocky rat mascot that followed me all the way to Hey You, Pikachu !. I never owned the game myself when I was a kid, but I had a neighbor with him, and I bothered this poor kid almost every day for a whole summer trying to spend my time playing. Pikachu. Now, as an adult, I found a copy at a local retro game store, complete with microphone and adapter, and paid an embarrassing amount of money for it. In a way, it’s both one of the biggest and the worst things I’ve ever played.

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Talking to boyfriends in-game isn’t an original gimmick anymore, but for the time, Pikachu’s N64 Buddy Adventure was a new experience. When I was seven it was the most amazing thing I ever did, but now as an adult it’s more hilarious than anything else. You see, for strangers, Hey You, Pikachu! comes with a microphone that snaps into the back of your N64 controller and an adapter that connects to the console. The whole thing was a bit of a mess that took up two controller slots, but this setup allowed you to relentlessly disturb Pikachu while he tried to sleep on a nearby log, so it was well worth it.

Hey you, Pikachu gameplay screenshot

As is the case with many of my childhood favorites, harassing Pikachu wasn’t quite the life-changing experience I remembered, but I still see how I could’ve gotten it. love at the time. Pikachu didn’t understand me most of the time, which is fair considering I have a disgusting thick southern accent, and I spent most of my time with my ‘my’ begging him to cooperate. only for the stink to bow its head in confusion. Who would have thought that a game over 20 years old would have terrible voice recognition?

But enough of my wailing that it’s not the highlight of my day two decades later, I’m watching Hey You, Pikachu! and think of my baby cousins ​​who are still infatuated with Pokemon the same way I was back then. It’s one of those things that we’ve bonded over, and I think even though it’s pretty old, they’re still at an age where an N64 game can be at least a little bit of fun. That’s why I can’t wait for Pokemon to revisit the Pikachu adventure. It’s the type of game that I could curl up and relax in for hours as a little girl, and even though it doesn’t appeal to me anymore, I know I have little ones in my life that would be delighted. to play that on Nintendo Changer.

I guess to some extent some of the modern Pokémon games like Sword and Shield already allow you to have those little interactive Pokémon moments, but we could surely extend that into its own standalone adventure as a nod to the N64 game. . While I loved RPGs myself as a little girl, I’ve never been so excited about them as I loved Hey You, Pikachu !, Pokemon Snap, or Pokemon Puzzle League. I was a little less competitive and gravitated towards those experiences that didn’t make me feel as intense as a copy of Red or Silver.

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