Aah Pikachu, the soft, yellow and excitable little ball of electricity that has become synonymous with my youth and countless other people's. It's been years since we last trekked across the land together in Pokémon Yellow, and beat up unsuspecting Pokémon.
I'd hoped you'd never change and remain as an ever lasting reminder of how colorful childhood was, but you have — and it's a pretty damn weird change if you ask me.
Very recently the Pokémon Company unveiled a whole new Pokémon spin-off game for 3DS called Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo, which sees everyone's favorite Pokémon taking on the role of a Sherlock Holmes type super detective. Which is kinda weird already.
But then came the even bigger (thunder) shock, this new Pikachu can talk like a regular human. But not just any old ordinary human, like a proper 40 a day smoking, grizzled gumshoe that, as Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez beautifully put, could literally "fuck your shit up."
This Pikachu is scary. Check out the trailer for evidence:
As revealed back in 2013, when the Nintendo eShop title was first shown, Detective Creepachu will be going head to head against a dastardly rare blue Pikachu, and will have a human sidekick called Tim to hug and help him along the way.
There's been no word on whether Great Detective Pikachu will be making his presence felt over here, but that didn't stop the Internet from losing its collective shit over the fact that Pikachu's Pokéballs have finally dropped:
All I'm saying is, if this game does eventually make it over to the west, I sincerely hope Pikachu is voiced by Jackie Earle Haley, because Rorschach:
You get me, huh?
Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo releases in Japan on Feb 3rd only for Nintendo 3DS.