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Pokemon PR - Crack the Case with Detective Pikachu, launching March 23


BELLEVUE, WA--January 12, 2017--The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced Detective Pikachu, a new video game scheduled to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DSTM family of systems both digitally and at retail on March 23, 2018. An action-adventure title, Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title - a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world - partnering with Tim Goodman and searching for evidence and clues to solve a series of cases, while also investigating the disappearance of Tim's father, Harry Goodman.

When he arrives in Ryme City looking for his missing father, little does Tim know he would meet a Pikachu, but more amazingly a Pikachu who he could communicate with. There's more to this Pikachu than a detective hat - he's one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.

This Pikachu claims that he worked with Tim's father, and the two pair up to discover his whereabouts. Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu will encounter a number of mysteries in Ryme City and will need to talk to witnesses and gather their testimony in order to discover the truth. Cases that would be impossible for Tim to solve alone can be cracked with the help of this Pikachu, because he is able to obtain vital clues and information from other Pokémon.

Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu - Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story. The game features new locations to explore, as well as a colorful cast of both Pokémon and human characters.

For those players who are new to sleuthing and may need some help in uncovering the evidence, Detective Pikachu features an Easy Mode, where the title character will provide handy hints on what to do or where to go next.

A special Detective Pikachu amiibo is also planned for when the game launches. It's larger than a regular amiibo, and it allows players to view all the Pika Prompts (short video clips) from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier. These clips feature Pikachu's quips and antics - and may even contain a hint.

Check out the trailer for the game here: https://youtu.be/PeYARbPHcvk.

For more information, please visit http://pokemon.com/DetectivePikachu.


Comments

fred duck
Fri Jan 12 18 11:35am
(Updated 1 time)

Woah. This is the biggest Nintendo news of the month.

Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu - Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story.

Meaning that they didn't complete the game the first time around? Classy, Nintendo.

I wonder how many murders he'll solve. Every detective show has at least nine murders per season.

"A bloody knife!"

"Pika!"

By that logic, professor Layton also had episodic games and forced you to get all of them instead of completing just one.😑

Your statement is completely illogical. They never brought all the PL games together on one cart with "further content that completes the story" that is presumably NOT available to people who rented the individual episodes. That statement also implies there's an overarching story encompassing all the episodes, which PL does not have, as far as I know.

If I was an idiot who rented things off eShop, I'd be pretty pissed that I blew money on an incomplete series basically locked to one 3DS as opposed to a complete story on a portable cart.

Its the same thing as every episodic game out there. The way you say that the game is incomplete...well it wasn't even released in the west until now as far as I can tell and you're already saying that it is an incomplete series? If it were released on the same time as it is in Japan, then I'd totally understand the statement.

As for Professor Layton, every game's ending always says to be continued implying that you have to get the next instalment to practically complete the whole story and it fits as one whole episode to begin with.

Also, Nintendo isn't the one developing it as it is Creatures and Game Freak instead. I don't know whether or not Nintendo is responsible for doing paid content for this game but to flat out blame the whole thing on Nintendo here is illogical.

Its the same thing as every episodic game out there.

No. Most episodic games don't go behind your back and throw out an extended physical release, which is what Nintendo says they're doing.

The way you say that the game is incomplete...well it wasn't even released in the west until now as far as I can tell and you're already saying that it is an incomplete series?

What are you talking about? Yes, this is the first western release. It says so right in the bloody press release. No, I'm not saying it's an incomplete series. Read what Nintendo wrote:

Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu - Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story.

Do you see the part where they say that it was a Japanese exclusive? Good.

Do you see the part where they say this cart release "adds further content" compared to the original eShop rental version? Do you understand what that means? They say this brand-new content "completes the story." If they are only NOW completing the story, then the story has been incomplete since 2016.

As for Professor Layton, every game's ending always says to be continued implying that you have to get the next instalment to practically complete the whole story and it fits as one whole episode to begin with.

What is the overarching Layton story? What are they carefully building up game-to-game?

Also, Nintendo isn't the one developing it as it is Creatures and Game Freak instead. I don't know whether or not Nintendo is responsible for doing paid content for this game but to flat out blame the whole thing on Nintendo here is illogical.

When most people hear "Pokémon," they associate it with Nintendo. I doubt Det. Pik will be released on other manufacturers' systems like the psp 2 or xbox 2. As publisher, Nintendo has say over how the final product is packaged. For instance, back when Nintendo cared, the NA release of Samurai Warriors 3 included the DLC on the disc. If Nintendo had wanted to complete the story before now, they certainly could have had the devs do it. Likewise, if they'd wanted Pokémon games to feature stereoscopic 3D, they would've made GF do it.

Sure, I could point out every individual company but really, Nintendo's the big shot.

I'm guessing that this is meant to be a spiritual successor to the Professor Layton games in a way.

once again...cringe worthy dub.

dual audio? or will we have to hack?

Wait...they really went with the “Danny DeVito” type character role for Pikachu haha

I haven’t really been keeping tabs on this game. Is it that way in Japan as well?

Yep. His voice is quite low in Japanese too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KonKZlqznIg

Meh. Switch or no buy.

What's up with the art direction for the human characters? They look terrible.

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