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The Pokémon Company Is Working On A Detective Game In Which Pikachu Is Your Partner

Posted by Damien McFerran

Gotta sleuth 'em all?

It would appear that The Pokémon Company is working on a 3DS title which places you in the role of a detective who is teamed up with the famous Pikachu.

The game was revealed during Japanese TV programme "The Professionals" in an episode which focused on Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekaz Ishihara.

The game has a proposed development cycle of two years, although the programme didn't make clear when work had actually started. According to the show, a rare version of Pikachu will serve as the game's central villain.

What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to this spin-off title, or do you think the idea sounds a bit weak? Share your feelings below.


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Ralizah said:

Um... that's... different...

At least this somewhat explains those pictures we've been seeing of that terrifying Pikachu lately. Must be the villain...



Beta said:

OMG! YES! A DETECTIVE GAME! :'O Love those kinds of games, hope this turns up to be good ^o^



Haxonberik said:

More interesting that what I expected. Not that I expect to play the game, still...



Einherjar said:

That sounds pretty awesome. Although Pikachu is DEFINITLY missing a trenchcoat Detective Gum-chu



MegaWatts said:

Stick Jessica Fletcher in and brand it as "Murder, She Wrote: Pikachu Edition" and I'm there!

Yeah, I have weird taste...



Plucky said:

Wouldn't it be a twist if you never saw the protag's face, but then at the end it zoomed out and it revealed it to be Looker? might be possibly cool if the game was set in the main game's canon.

Seems weird that Giovanni just vanished in R/B then somehow involving Silver during the Celebi event then apparently jumping Tohjo Falls after losing to the HGSS protagonists, was being a gym leader a way to get off scot free...? In before the Blue Pikachu turning out to either be a mass holocaster hologram, or turning good at the last second to suffer a Disney death...and coming back. (maybe it becomes sapient and there might be a larger villain?)

Other note, the Trozei sequel might have been the reason Yoshi's Cookie vanished from the eShop, could be that the Pokemon license holds more air.



NintyMan said:

The creepy Pikachu from the teaser video is the villain.
Sounds like this is might be interesting I guess. It sounds a little bizarre right now.



BakaKnight said:

After Looker story in X/Y this sounds really interesting and promising
Just hope it won't be a game so much "japanese-based" to make a release in the west impossible >.<



rjejr said:

This game seems weird enough to be Japan only. Unless the Pokemon company is going to sell Pikachu like Elmo. I'm pretty sure there are more kids who still like Elmo than actually watch Sesame Street. And Luigi seems to be doing ok this year on his own.

All Pikachu, all the time.



sinalefa said:

So jokes aside, is this the same game as that one with the weird Pikachu? Or do they have two of them? Or even more than two... Now I am scared.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

You and Chu! The new cop duo solving crimes and murders throughout the Kalos region!

Coming to a daytime TV Timeslot near you! XD



Furealz said:

NO! Don't ever think it will be Japan Only! I would Day ONE THIS game, as I had a sweet nostalgia spot for Hey You Pikachu! and even Pokémon Channel (once you look past the television, it had lots of potential). Although this is so different, o.O crime-solving with Pikachu? How can they do this without it being rated T? Unless the criminals steal cookies and shoot peanut guns... XD



The_Fox said:

Spoilers: Pikachu turns out to be the murderer and has spent the entire game framing you in retribution for all of those years of forcing him into cockfights. I'm not sure how it ends but I'm hoping it's with a rooftop shootout as a storm rages about you.



NES_64 said:

"Elementary Dear Pikachu."
...Yes the perfect line for a detective game, if Pikachu's going to be the sidekick...



AltDotNerd said:

"Here's the thing, inspector. The victim appears to have commited suicide via self-inflicted attacks. Autopsy also reveals its ATK stat was through the roof."

"Looks like this Pokémon had...
...too much Swagger."



Quickman said:

I'm getting a Skippy (The Bush Kangaroo) vibe from this one..

Pikachu : "....."
Player 1: "What's that Pikachu?"
Pikachu : "Piiiiiiikaaaaa"
Player 1: "Burt's trapped down a mine shaft?"
Pikachu : "Chooo!"
Player 1 : 20 miles, east?!



Barbiegurl777 said:

I'm not big on Pokemon but I do like Pikachu & Detective games. So I probably would buy this if ever released in the US (North America).

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



MixMasterMudkip said:

I feel as though from that one screenshot( puzzle game like one.). that this is some form of Pokemon Trozei reboot. that was a puzzle game, and you were a detective. Which i wouldn't mind, since it was a rather good game.



Obito_Sigma said:

Once again another Pokemon starring Pikachu...? Could someone tell me any non-main series Pokemon (including Colosseum, XD, Battle Revolution, etc.) or Pokemon Ranger game where Pikachu doesn't star in it? We should make a petition where Aipom gets the spotlight! Who's with me?!?!


Oh... ok.



Gioku said:

Well... that doesn't sound half bad! ...I'll be keeping an eye on it.



2Sang said:

This game is guaranteed to be mediocre at best. It'll be great for kids under 8 or 9, but not for most especially hardcore fans.



ToastyYogurt said:

Holy crap, I like this idea. Not only did it surprise me what came of the announcement of a new Pikachu game after the other Pikachu games failed to be very interesting, but I like that they are exploring the idea of using Pokemon as companions for real-world jobs. Granted, Pikachu isn't the first Pokemon I'd think of to be a good Watson, but hey, I'm interested in seeing how this game comes out.



BlatantlyHeroic said:

@2Sang Any game with Looker instantly becomes amazing. Hopefully you get to play as him. I'm pretty sure it's the hardcore fans that will get this game, because they love Pokemon to death and will buy ANYTHING. My logic > Your logic.



Genesaur said:

Well, I'm sure to never play this, though apparently, there are those who will. Go figure.



Slayer said:

That's a decent change from what they've been making lately. Still seeing people trading and battling over HeartGold and SoulSilver, so I must say most people prefer good old Pokémon. I kind of hate the fact that people get so good at these games that they've plowed through the Gym Leaders, conquered the Elite Four, and finally defeated the Champion before I've beaten four Gym Leaders. If you so much as have another game or life events, you can fall behind quickly.
So it's nice to see this.



Williaint said:

The only thing good, that could come of this, is if it showed linking the 3DS and Wii U.

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