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Pikachu - I sue you!

Uri Geller takes Nintendo to court over the Yun Geller character in the company's "Pokemon" games

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Famous Israeli psychic Uri Geller has announced that he will be suing games company Nintendo over their use of a character called Yun Geller in their Pokemon games. Geller (the Pokemon) uses psychic attacks and carries a giant spoon, while Geller (the psychic) is an entertainer most famous for his habit of bending spoons through his alleged abilities. The character (listed as "Kadabra" on the official Pokemon website) can "send out waves of mental energy that cause headaches at close range", and evolves into a Pokemon called an Alakazam, which has a "brain as powerful as any supercomputer" and "incredible Psychic abilities" .. and two giant spoons. "Nintendo turned me into an evil, occult Pokémon character", claims Geller. "[They] stole my identity by using my name and my signature image."

Uri Geller seems to be particularly angry at the use of a star on the character's forehead and lightning bolts on its chest, which he says are references to the Nazi SS. "I want to tell the world before the start of the holiday season that I have nothing whatsoever to do with these violent characters," Geller is reported as saying. Given that millions of children around the world have spent literally billions of dollars on Pokemon trading cards, computer games, toys and movies, he could be fighting a losing battle...

Source - BBC News

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