10 Strangest Pokémon Spinoffs

From screaming at Pikachu to conquering feudal Japan, we recount Nintendo’s weirdest efforts at poké-monetization.

The Pokémon franchise is no stranger to weird spinoffs. Case in point, the recent interesting detour of Detective Pikachu. Sure, kids love Pikachu, and Nintendo has a surprisingly long history with detective story adventure games, but combining the two seems a little… strange. A Pikachu is a babbling rat that shoots lightning from its cheeks. Do you really want to trust one of those things to find a lost child or discreetly gather photographic evidence that your spouse is stepping out on you with the milkman?

But then, the Pokémon franchise is no stranger to weird spinoffs. For every beloved offshoot like photo-safari Pokémon Snap or totally perfect side venture like Pokémon: Trading Card Game, you can find a strange, nonsensical, or just plain ill-advised side game. So don your poké-safari hat and join us on a journey into the deepest, dankest wilds of Nintendo’s biggest cash co—er, Miltank.

There you have it, 10 supremely strange Pokemon spin-offs to tide you over before the series comes to Switch. If you liked this video, check out our look at the weirdest games Mario has ever appeared in.

Jeremy Parish is a former Editor-in-Chief of 1UP and USgamer. He currently looks fondly into gaming’s past at Retronauts. You can find him on Twitter @gamespite.

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