While we've all been glued to our smartphones playing Pokemon GO, Pikachu's been busy becoming a detective. A year ago, Pokemon released a video game in Japan called Detective Pikachu in which Pikachu talks, solves mysteries, and sips black coffee. Now, this clever little guy will be starting production on his own movie in 2017!
Detective Pikachu Has Been In The Business Since February
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, Nintendo launched an adventure game called Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo in Japan back on February 13, 2013. Check out the trailer for the game below.
From his well-articulated, masculine voice, to the "New Duo" part of the game title, we can infer that this probably isn't the Pikachu that we know as Ash's best friend. Although that doesn't mean that they're not existing in the same universe, and there might be a chance to see the two yellow heroes meet one another.
The Story Of Detective Pikachu
While plot details have yet to be released for Detective Pikachu The Movie, we do know the story of the game. Unlike traditional Pikachu, Detective Pikachu is not quite as fast and powerful as other Pokemon. However, he's highly intelligent and claims to have an aptitude for solving mysteries.
At the start of the game, a boy named Tim Goodman comes to Rhyme City in search of his missing father, Harry. He soon meets Detective Pikachu, and discovers that he's something of a parseltongue of the Pokemon world. That is, he can actually understand Detective Pikachu as if they were speaking the same language. Unfortunately, he can't understand any other Pokemon. The two team up together to solve Pokemon-related mysteries throughout Rhyme City.
What's This New Pikachu Like?
Most game players acknowledge that the Birth of a New Duo is not the most complex or challenging game, but the main character — Detective Pikachu — makes it all worth it. He's got a gruff voice and intricate facial expressions, he's a caffeine addict and he hits on pretty women. What's not to love?
While there's no word on whether or not Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo will be getting released in America anytime soon, media company Legendary Entertainment (World of Warcraft, Jurassic World) plans to start production on the film in 2017. Detective Pikachu joins a growing list of video games that are getting their own movie adaptations. But if there's any Pokemon that can carry a film, I choose Pikachu.
Are you excited for Birth of New Duo?