Not only do I but it was my first game back in 2000 and miraculously still working. The last one standing of my GBA set.
any fan of the Pokemon game knows just how useless Pikachu really is...
Respectfully I disagree.
True it presents a challenge getting started since the beginning of the game offers no pokemon that are strong against rock types to consider the first gym in Pewter City and in Yellow you don't get the standard starters until later(whereas at least in RB two of your starter choices are helpful). Pikachu however has a strong point. It's the only electric pokemon among those offered early in their games which already comes with a damage dealing electric move whereas others such as Mareep, shinx, and electrike take 10-20 levels to learn one. Shinx is the worst as it needs to freaking evolve before it learns the weakest electric move of it's generation, spark! Quite ridiculous! Because of this Pikachu turns the tables in Cerulean City when it becomes one of only two Pokemon offered that are strong against water types(the other being Oddish which takes a lot of training or else evolution to become real useful, don't forget Misty uses Starmie and Staryu which are both also psychic).
Pikachu will also come in handy if your rival evolves his eevee to vaporeon (now how exactly does that work? I never understood).
Pikachu can also learn Seismic Toss, the TM for which can be found in Cerulean City on the way to Bill's house which can be badass. Trust me once in Red version an under leveled Pikachu I somehow had with me shocked the hell out of me(no pun intended haha) when I randomly selected Seismic toss and it KOed Sabrina's Alakazam. It had been my last pokemon so I had been prepared for defeat!
Also lets return to the Viridian Forest. If you don't begin with Charmander in Red or Blue or catch a pidgey with Squirtle and especially Bulbasaur the bug catchers that use weedle can actually be pretty distractive with that damn poison sting. So it helps to have a Pokemon, like Pikachu, that is strong against bugs with moves that can get rid of those little
as quickly as possible. Otherwise you could face quite a few trips back to the Viridian Pokemon Center. This happened to me once and I want to say it was in a Fire Red file.
In addition if you taught the Yellow Pikachu surf, the legit way (gameshark free) to do so was via a Stadium event, the surfer who lives outside Fuchsia towards the path to seafoam islands with his own surfing Pikachu will let you play a mini surfing Pikachu game. I have always wondered if this is the same surfing pikachu guy from the anime episode 'Pi-Kahuna' (love that episode).
In addition when you use the Yellow Pikachu to surf regularly instead of the standard crappy fish sprite you actually get to use a surfing Pikachu sprite. I've never done the Stadium event but I did once use Gamshark to give my Yellow Pikachu surf.