Nintendo Giving Away Ash's Pikachu

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Nintendo Giving Away Ash's Pikachu

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Trainers in the US can download the quintessential Pokémon, who's designed to be as close to his onscreen counterpart as possible.

There are hundreds of Pokémon, but the most famous is still Ash's Pikachu, thanks to his prominent placement in cartoons, movies and on countless pieces of merchandise. As part of its efforts to promote the new Pokémon Black & White cartoon show, Nintendo is giving people the chance to add this Pokémon celebrity to their team.

Until the 13th of February, Pokémon players in the United States and Puerto Rico can head to Toys "R" Us with their DS and their copy of Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver or HeartGold and download a Pikachu of their very own. This Pikachu is designed to be just like the one on the show, and knows moves like Iron Tail and Thunderbolt. He also carries a Light Ball item, which doubles his Attack and Special Attack stats.

In order to nab Pikachu, players will need to have unlocked the Pokédex in whichever game they want to download him to, and have less than two Wonder cards. Players can download Pikachu multiple times, but only once per game. A full, step-by-step guide to getting your own Pikachu can be found on the official Pokémon website.

I must admit that as downloadable Pokémon go, this one doesn't seem all that great. As popular and/or famous as Pikachu might be, he's not especially rare or unique. It would take a little bit of effort to match the exact move set that the downloadable Pikachu has, but it's far from impossible. Still, it's a level 50 Pokémon that gains XP faster than normal, and that's hard to turn down, even if it isn't unique.

Source: Destructoid

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Are any events like this held in the UK? If so how can I find out about them? I usually only hear about events after they happen.

*Team Rocket* "Oh what the shit?! After all these years of failing now you're just giving it away to every lil bastard who can convince their parents out of the house?! Screw this, I'm going to Monster Hunter Tri."

And is pikachu even still that popular? Seems with 400+ pokemon out he would've been lost in the sea of "bitch you ain't a legendary why would I want you on my team?!"

Pikachu, I want you! You little brats don't deserve him, I've been waiting for him since I started playing Red! No, not Fire Red, actual Red! Yes, you don't remember it, because it came out before you were born!
Why must I live in the UK?

Can it use Thunder on Ground & Rock types?

Aww, poor little US of A kiddies. I GOT MY PIKACHU THE HARD WAY! By buying Pokemon Yellow! My first Gameboy, and first game. Tetris was my second. So much time well spent, back when I was a wee little kiddie.....

Before I had to pay bills and taxes. Sigh.

Oh good, now we can get Pikachu AND Shiny Suicune this week (at Gamestop)... decisions...

twistedheat15:
*Team Rocket* "Oh what the shit?! After all these years of failing now you're just giving it away to every lil bastard who can convince their parents out of the house?! Screw this, I'm going to Monster Hunter Tri."

And is pikachu even still that popular? Seems with 400+ pokemon out he would've been lost in the sea of "bitch you ain't a legendary why would I want you on my team?!"

I can't remember the last time I went to a Toys R Us. I might head over there today if I can find one because the moves it knows are really good...

But really, compared to the 3 shiny legendaries that GameStop was giving out, this is kind of weak.

Don't they already have this?

The Cheezy One:
Pikachu, I want you! You little brats don't deserve him, I've been waiting for him since I started playing Red! No, not Fire Red, actual Red! Yes, you don't remember it, because it came out before you were born!
Why must I live in the UK?

Holy shitballs, you just made me feel old.

Geez would you Brits calm down (I'm British as well). Last time I check we will be getting the shinny legendaries Dogs this February before Black and White is release (I check on Serebii event database) page. It's very likely that us Brit will get the same treatment as the US a month or so later.

AHHH... pokemon was my crack when i was a kid. games, toys, posters... i miss being a kid.

i just cant beleave pokemon is still going strong

So the United States get Ash's famous Pikachu, the UK will end up getting shiny legendaries quite soon, the one question remains is...what does Australia get? Oh not it's fine, don't worry about us, i'm quite fine with you guys getting free Pokemon and me only getting a Mosquito who has been in my room for 3 days and stings me all night.

Anyways, will something like this really kick off big? To me it seems Pokemon games are so old, they're turn based with either crap or no fight animation and the Pokemon names seems to get less and less creative. But if people still care so much then be my guest, go and buy.

Big deal, they're giving away Celebis at Gamestop next month, and Victinis after B/W launches.

Edit: Wait, did you report that? Here are the links: http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_beasts_distribution_reveals_Celebi_event

http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Liberty_Pass_event_announced_for_PAL_regions

Although Victini is only in Europe.

Reeves88:
i just cant beleave pokemon is still going strong

this.

i dropped it after my gameboy with gold got left in an esky somehow.

and let me just say... it was super effective to my save file... AND my saving capability.

Just like the show, huh?

So its electric attacks ignore type-disadvantages (i.e. Thunderbolt affects Ground types) and it has stats that rival a legendary's?

If not, I'll be very disappointed.

This article was far more interesting when I misread it as, "Nintendo Giving Away Pikachu's Ashes."

That's really nothing special in a game that already has catchable Pikachus. They could at least add Ash's hat to the sprite or something.

so its a slightly modified Pikachu big deal!

Logan Westbrook:

Still, it's a level 50 Pokémon that gains XP faster than normal, and that's hard to turn down, even if it isn't unique.

With small, oh so cute, electro pokemon in particular, and that abomination in particular, being the most unlikeable creatures to ever taint a screen, that's an offer that's pretty easy to turn down. I'll stay with my current 6 dragons team in White, thank you very much nintendo.

After realizing I missed the chance to nab the Shiny Entei, Raikou and Suicune from Gamestop last January, I went into a state of deep depression.

I lost battle after battle with my pitiful team of lvl 100 Magikarps. The addition of Entei, Raikou and Suicune would have made a perfect addition, but seeing as I missed my chance, I nearly gave up on Pokemon as a whole.

On the verge of nearly throwing a Master Ball aimed at myself, I stumbled across this post. I read, with tears streaming down my cheeks as I finally found a renewed energy to live life again.

I love you, Escapist.

Thats cool and all, but it will never be as great as my Pikachu from Yellow.

Transferred the little guy(actually the game labeled it as a female) to Stadium 2 and it wrecked everything.

twistedheat15:
And is pikachu even still that popular? Seems with 400+ pokemon out he would've been lost in the sea of "bitch you ain't a legendary why would I want you on my team?!"

Legendaries are for chumps. League play doesn't allow them and I really despise every single one of them. Hell, I think that starters are too unfair to be allowed in battles too.

There may be over 600 pokémon, but not all of them are amazing. Pikachu is still in a pretty decent tier.

i once had a prosperous family of pichu-raichu in my breeder days, they were all decended from a kick-ass fighter and contest winning Raichu called Kutu, he knew Thunder, Thunder Bolt, Volt Tackle and Iron Tail. and since i only ever bred the males, all the babies inherited the moves (the original light ball i used became something of a family heirloom). any one of them could have kicked ash's pikachu's ass :-P

...So they are giving away a shit Pokemon with a shiny item?

Wow, no thanks.

David Sterling:
After realizing I missed the chance to nab the Shiny Entei, Raikou and Suicune from Gamestop last January, I went into a state of deep depression.

I lost battle after battle with my pitiful team of lvl 100 Magikarps. The addition of Entei, Raikou and Suicune would have made a perfect addition, but seeing as I missed my chance, I nearly gave up on Pokemon as a whole.

On the verge of nearly throwing a Master Ball aimed at myself, I stumbled across this post. I read, with tears streaming down my cheeks as I finally found a renewed energy to live life again.

I love you, Escapist.

here's a thought, next time evolve your magikarp BEFORE they reach level 100! :-P

oppp7:
Big deal, they're giving away Celebis at Gamestop next month, and Victinis after B/W launches.

Edit: Wait, did you report that? Here are the links: http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Legendary_beasts_distribution_reveals_Celebi_event

http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Liberty_Pass_event_announced_for_PAL_regions

Although Victini is only in Europe.

Ok, THIS news is the type of news I wanted to hear! :D

I've been waiting for news on a Celebi since I got Heartgold. Now I can get all original 251!

Well, looks like I'm stopping at Toys R Us on my way to Gamestop today...

Interesting...

With the Jirachi I transferred into HG/SS, the earlier Mew giveaway, the three shinies, and the upcoming Celebi, I could create a pretty decent team with just download event Pokémon!

Just too bad my local Toys 'R' Us is having a clearance sale so they can close for remodeling. I can still go to another one I know of near that's on route to the Mall of America, though...

The Cheezy One:
Pikachu, I want you! You little brats don't deserve him, I've been waiting for him since I started playing Red! No, not Fire Red, actual Red! Yes, you don't remember it, because it came out before you were born!
Why must I live in the UK?

I find it funny that I thought exactly this.

I'm 24, I play mostly 4x strategy games and when I saw this headline...all the OMIGOD! OMIGOD! PIKACHU! just came back to me. I played blue and I'd have loved this!

But, again, UK.

Can I do this in Canada? If not, why not? And will I be able to eventually?

I see everyones to high brow to accept a free pokemon. TEAM ROCKET WOULD ACCEPT YOU PIKACHU!!

However I live in Canada D:

The Cheezy One:
Pikachu, I want you! You little brats don't deserve him, I've been waiting for him since I started playing Red! No, not Fire Red, actual Red! Yes, you don't remember it, because it came out before you were born!
Why must I live in the UK?

Welcome to my world XD

I'd take this, if only to have a super special Pikachu. It is unfortunate that he's nothing more than you could get with a bit of breeding, but still...
But then, these events kind of annoy me. Being here in Australia, I've never (legitimately) acquired any of those super special ones, like Celebi, Mew, Jirachi etc. Ah well.
I just want a 3DS so I can get all those pokemon games I'm missing... I wonder if I can trade between a 3DS and a DS Phat...

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