Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. A well-executed... thing that's somehow being mis-sold as a video game. Either somebody at Nintendo is a certifiable maniac, or this is the future of video games. We're pretty sure it's the former.
  2. As limiting as it may be, the recreation of a Pokemon universe is a delightfully escapist one, but after the first week or so it'll take some serious staying power to keep coming back to your yellow friend. [Mar 2004, p.106]
  3. Do not buy this for yourself or your kids or anyone you know - you do not ever want to be in a room where it's being played. [Feb 2004, p.127]
  4. There's only so long you can stand to watch Pikachu frolicking aimlessly on an empty beach. This may be a good game for very young children who are still interested in Pokémon, but God bless the parent who has the patience to play through it with them.
  5. 30
    This isn't really a fun toy, either, but more like one of those Fisher-Price "busy boxes" for young kids: Hit a button and it makes a noise; turn this knob and listen to the Pikachu say its name, etc.
  6. 20
    A hollow, stripped-down experience.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. RyanM.
    Dec 30, 2003
    Very unique, but face it. Pokemon needs to stop riding a dead horse. This game is interesting, but probably just too weird for people.
  2. StacyC.
    Dec 16, 2003
    It was sort of cute but it was kinda boring.
  3. Oct 30, 2014
    Only reason to play is for Jirachi. I got 5, was worth it
    #yoloswag #Jirachilife #10fromIGN #10/10IGN #MakinWishes #TV #TViii
    Only reason to play is for Jirachi. I got 5, was worth it
    #yoloswag #Jirachilife #10fromIGN #10/10IGN #MakinWishes #TV #TViii
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