Why is Pikachu My Favorite Pokemon?

I’ve been playing Pokémon games for most of my life. I take great pride in the fact that I’ve played every generation. In fact, the main reason I got both a Nintendo 3DS and a Nintendo Switch was that I could play Pokémon.  

Of course, when you engage in a conversation about Pokémon with other fans, the infamous question “which one is your favorite” always pops up. It’s funny because my answer is seen as the stereotypical answer that people who haven’t touched the franchise use because it’s the obvious choice.

When asked which is my favorite Pokémon, my answer is always Pikachu. Now, before you roll your eyes at me, let me tell you why.

My Game Boy Advance was the first gaming console that I bought for myself with my own money. I took birthday money, went to Circuit City, and purchased a purple one. I got a Zelda game and a couple of others and set off on my handheld adventure.

Within a few months, my grandmother (who used to be the Queen of Yard Sales), picked up some games she’d found. One of those was Pokémon Yellow.

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Of course, as you know, you end up in a situation like Ash in the anime where the only starter you can pick is Pikachu. And he follows you around like he follows Ash.

And I loved it so much.

I played the game several times, and I don’t think I ever removed Pikachu from my party during a play-through. When Let’s Go Pikachu! came out, I loved approaching that nostalgic angle.

Why is Pikachu my favorite? Because Pikachu was my very first Pokémon.

Who’s your favorite Pokémon? Who is your favorite? Please, share your reactions in the comments below.


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