In 2016, The Pokémon Company created a rather… interesting Pokémon spin-off. We’re no strangers to Pokémon spin-off games – in fact, we like a lot of them, like the Mystery Dungeon series and of course the legendary Pokémon Snap. However, 2016 was the year Japanese audiences were introduced to a talking detective Pikachu, complete with a voice oozing with gruff.
The aptly named Great Detective Pikachu was a 3DS mystery adventure game developed by Creatures Inc, one of Nintendo’s internal development studios. They’re responsible for many Pokémon spin-off titles like the Ranger and PokéPark games. They really outdid themselves this time though because a crime-solving adventure game with a hard-boiled Pikachu detective was NOT one of the things we were expecting.
Players assumed the role of Tim Goodman, a rather average young man with a pretty average name to boot. One day he runs into the highly intelligent Pikachu detective, and it turns out they can communicate openly. After some havoc with an Aipom, the two team up to solve mysteries. You’ll run around big environments not unlike the actual main Pokémon games searching for clues to solve the current mystery. There are even some action sequences where you’ll need to hit quick-time events to get through tricky situations.
If any of that sparked your interest, you’re in luck! Today the official Pokémon YouTube channel has confirmed that the game is being localized for release in the west. Officially titled Detective Pikachu, the game be released through the eShop on March 23, 2018. Watch the trailer and bask in the glory that is Detective Pikachu’s voice. It may not be Danny DeVito, but that voice has enough gruff in it to be believable, and we love every single second of it.