We’ve seen some ill-conceived Pokemon–themed products over the years, such as lingerie inspired by the game or the entire line of Pokemon butt keychains, but this Pikachu USB charger has to be one of the absolute worst.
When mulling over Pokemon products, it is only natural to think everyone’s favorite electric mouse, Pikachu, would make for an adorable charger. It certainly sounds like a good idea. But, now that it exists, we really wish it didn’t.
Straight from China’s Octinn, this PVC Pikachu has removable ears that double as plugs for electrical sockets. Once the little critter is mercilessly shoved into an available outlet, his tiny body becomes the electrical conduit while his posterior becomes the plug. One can make jokes, but in the company’s defense, however, there aren’t any places on Pikachu to put a plug that wouldn’t be at least a little odd — and, hey, at least it’s not his front.
Aside from looking incredibly awkward — and uncomfortable for poor Pikachu — it’s also a bad message to be sending kids. Encouraging children to stick anything that looks like a toy into an electrical outlet is a recipe for disaster. Luckily, this product doesn’t appear to be officially licensed by The Pokemon Company, due to the lack of copyright notices.
In other Pokemon news, it was recently announced that the classic Game Boy Color titles Pokemon Gold and Silver are coming to the Nintendo 3DS’s Virtual Console.
This reveal was part of a larger Pokemon Direct that was streamed live earlier this week. In it, Nintendo made a couple of other big announcements. Pokken Tournament DX was officially confirmed to be heading to Switch, which is an updated version of the Wii U title, but tailored to the Switch’s unique features.
Additionally, the stream revealed another handheld title making its way to the 3DS with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. While it’s not totally clear whether these are sequels or simply enhanced versions, its trailer claimed it will offer an alternate storyline and feature Pokemon not available in the original versions.
The Pokemon franchise’s latest release is Pokemon Sun and Moon for Nintendo 2DS and 3DS.