Oshiri Tantei might not be a household name in the west, but in Japan, this unusual character has starred in a wide range of books and TV shows since his inception in 2012, and comes courtesy of Yoko Tanaka (writer) and Masahide Fukasawa (illustrator), a duo known professionally as 'Troll'.
According to GTV Japan, Oshiri Tantei is a "skilled detective [and] proper gentleman. He enjoys eating sweet potatoes as well. Whenever there’s trouble, he’s there to answer the call with his famous catchphrase 'I smell trouble!'" If this all sounds worryingly familiar, then it's worth noting that the series has been localised under the name Butt Detective in the west, and is available on Netflix in North America.
Why are we telling you all of this? Well, Nippon Columbia has just announced that it is bringing Oshiri Tantei: Pupu Mirai no Meitantei Toujou! to Switch on November 4th. As you might expect, it's only confirmed for Japan and will retail for 6,380 yen – however, the aforementioned Netflix release might mean we get to see this over here, too.
Here's some PR (thanks, Gematsu):
Oshiri Tantei: Pupu Mirai no Meitantei Toujou! features a game-original story supervised by the original author. In this exciting and heart-pounding story, the player takes on the role of an apprentice at the Oshiri Tantei Office, and solves difficult cases alongside Oshiri Tantei, his assistant Brown, and the Wankoro Police.
Photologic Adventure: Solve Mysteries by Taking Photographs and Gathering Information
Oshiri Tantei: Pupu Mirai no Meitantei Toujou! includes many scenes in which players must solve mysteries by taking photographs. Use photographs to make inferences such as searching for evidence on the vast field, or staking out the crime scene and taking photographs of the conclusive crime scene. The camera is also used for a variety of other areas.
A Variety of Mini-Game-Style Labyrinth Games
As you attempt to uncover the truth of each case, the popular labyrinth games from the original children’s books will occur, through which you can chase down the culprit. In these games, you control the player character with the intuitive controls of an action game while using various tricks to track down the culprit.
Familiar and Popular Characters from the Anime Appear, Voiced
Oshiri Tantei, Brown, Kaitou U, and other familiar characters from the anime will appear en masse in Oshiri Tantei: Pupu Mirai no Meitantei Toujou!. The voice actors from the anime reprise their roles for the game (which is partly voiced), so you can enjoy movie scenes as if you were watching the anime.
Much More to Do Even After Solving the Riddles
Many detective adventure games are no fun to play after clearing the game once, but this game is full of replayability elements. For example, the scene for the “Special Move” unleashed by Oshiri Tantei changes depending on how you solve the case, and the location of the “Butt Marker” changes each time you play.
Complete with Bonus Elements for Oshiri Tantei Fans
The game comes complete with “Bonus” elements that Oshiri Tantei fans are sure to enjoy, including the ability to play the labyrinth games from the main story in Time Attack mode. And by spending the points obtained based on your gameplay results, you can collect Special Move scenes and listen to the voices of the cast.