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Pikachu stars as a senior detective in newly revealed Pokemon game

Over our years of knowing Pikachu both as a mascot and a party member, we've never been particularly impressed by his investigative work. That's set to change in a new Pokemon title which casts the electric mouse as senior partner at a detective agency, Siliconera reports.

The new game was revealed in a Japanese television show earlier this week. In it, players work work alongside Pikachu to solve mysterious cases, using the 3DS touch screen to search for objects of interest.

But it would be kind of tough to work complex cases with a partner who can only say his own name, right? Well, Pikachu can talk now. And not just in cute, non-grammatical sentences--he's a grizzled, cynical gumshoe and he speaks like one. We're not kidding.

The Pokemon Company aims to complete the game within two years, and we can only hope that this strange new take on the monster-battling series will make it outside of Japan.

14 comments

  • J-Fid - October 29, 2013 4:20 a.m.

    It's funny, when I was playing the Looker Side mission, I was thinking how cool it would be if they made a detective spin-off game. I don't know if this will be like I was imagining it (it would need a lot of battling), but I'll have to see.
  • Swedish_Chef - October 28, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    Well while it does sound like there was a fair bit more substances involved in how they came up with the concept than usual, I'm fine with this just so long as it doesn't detract from the development of the main series.
  • Frieza - October 28, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    My avatar picture. That is all.
  • shawksta - October 28, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    Why the hell not, Spin Offs are the only way Pokemon can change without losing what makes it Pokemon, an RPG. And frankly I'm a sucker for investigation games so why not :3
  • GOD - October 28, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    Sure why not.
  • JarkayColt - October 28, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    Player character is Looker and he got a Pikachu to replace his Croagunk. Calling it (not really.) Wait, this IS a joke...right?
  • Cyberninja - October 28, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    No no it isn't I wish it were
  • shawksta - October 28, 2013 8:38 p.m.

    Honestly im not surprised, they must really like Looker and his investigation side quests you follow him with. Looker appears in Gen 4, 5, and 6, that makes him by far the most recurring human character in the main series that was never a villain, gym leader or champion.
  • C.King - October 28, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    not youngster joey?
  • shawksta - October 29, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    They always have a new incarnation of a Joey, but it's not the same person.
  • JarkayColt - October 29, 2013 1:28 a.m.

    Lawls yeah, I think Looker was like my favourite thing about Platinum. I'd thought they'd just leave it at that but I was so happy that they keep bringing him back, haha. Although I don't like that in X and Y, they got rid of his weird grammar. That was the funniest part about him. :/ Oh, but what you say about recurring characters based on that criteria isn't entirely true. You forgot about Professor Oak! He appears in Gen 1, 2 and 4 and so is equal to Looker in number of apperances. His role in Gen 4 is small, but then so is Looker's in Gen 5.
  • shawksta - October 29, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    He was really neat with all his investigations.. Oak and certain others are already major characters everyone knows of, Looker on the other hand is more recent.
  • JarkayColt - October 29, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    True, but I think that was the point I was trying to make; Oak is the most important and recognisable recurring NPC from Pokémon. He appeared in every generation up until gen 5, if you count the fact that FR and LG brought him back in Gen 3. After that, I was actually pretty certain that Cynthia was taking up his mantle because she appeared in a bunch of games in a row (DPPt, HGSS, BW, BW2). Kinda surprised that she wasn't even mentioned in X or Y (as far as I know.) But of course, Looker is such a great character and I hope they expand on his story in further games. He's definitely the sort of recurring character that Pokémon needs and his status as an "international" police officer basically means that is their plan with him. Don't be surprised if he gate crashes the RSE remake if it ever happens XD It's unfortunate actually that FRLG predated Platinum because I would have loved to have seen the "global police agent" on the SS Anne replaced by a Looker cameo. Would've been a hilarious nod. Also I really want to know what specifically happened to his Croagunk now. Why would they not tell us?
  • shawksta - October 30, 2013 7:16 a.m.

    Who knows, maybe they are saving it for a special occasion where he reveals it evolved into a Toxicroak :P

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