Next Pokemon game a 3D detective adventure with Pikachu - Report

Pikachu to star as the Watson to the player's Holmes.

Following images last week of a Pikachu that would react to a user's facial expressions, new information says that Nintendo is working on a 3D Pokemon detective adventure with a Pikachu as the player's sidekick.

The game (detailed via Serebii) is being developed for 3DS and is targeting a 2015 release. The game is said to feature a rare Pikachu as the game's villain--although there are concerns about the game's audience liking a villainous Pikachu, Serebii reports.

A special blue Pikachu will also feature, who can speak, though it is unclear if the talking Pikachu is the game's antagonist.

The information was revealed as part of a Japanese TV interview with Pokemon Company boss Tsunekazu Ishihara.

Two screenshots were shown, with a player holding a magnifying glass and navigating a 3D environment on the search for clues.

A beta version of a sequel to puzzle game Pokémon Trozei was also shown, along with the information that the game is aiming to be a downloadable release.

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Apastron
Apastron

Just what I always wanted...

soulless4now
soulless4now

Evil pikachu? Well now I'm interested. 

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

Concerning the cases, do I gotta crack 'em all?

superbuuman
superbuuman

it will end up being Japan only game. :P

nice2400
nice2400

lol imagine a Pikachu game like batman in which yea you are detective but you can kick @$$ when you want to    

the_repo_man6754
the_repo_man6754

So why hasn't Nintendo made a sequel to Pokemon Snap? Wasn't that game popular on the N64?

mike24ok
mike24ok

Hey, You, Pikachu! ....Stop!

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I say this is quite the peculiar case my dear Watson, erm.... Pikachu.

BladeOverload
BladeOverload

A special blue Pikachu will also feature"

They laughed at me all those years ago, but now I can prove them all wrong. Pikablu is a thing!

Stebsis
Stebsis

Who killed that Pokemon!?

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

I think if they made a Pokemon Snap for 3DS and Wii U it would work well. Specially with the Wii U gamepad and the 3DS ability to capture movement of the handheld.

dfoz3
dfoz3

Poke Noire!!

joe_b1_kenobi
joe_b1_kenobi

This looks dire. I want some pokemon on wii u anyway. And no that god awful attempt at flogging crap toys to children, skylanders ripoff does not count.

thanxforplayin
thanxforplayin

why??? why not make a 3d adventure version of pokemon red or blue that would be awesome, better yet make it a mmorpg like ffxi


ArcoJawa
ArcoJawa

Well we always knew Pikachu was evil we just never acknowledge it, you know, like Mikey Mouse, or both major political parties.

NeroHaseo
NeroHaseo

Professor Layton and the Blue Rodent, coming soon. 

Halloll
Halloll

the killer has to be Snorlax, everyone will suspect Mr.Mime but that is how Snorlax planned from the start.

AdderD
AdderD

Detec(h demo)tive Pikachu

kbaily
kbaily

Here I thought it was going to be "Hey You Pikachu 2!"  But part of me thinks that this might have been a new detective IP game but nowadays publishers are so afraid to make a new IP, that existing characters are getting shoved into stuff like this because they know Pokémon fans would buy it if it had Pikachu. Same with Fox getting put into "Dinosaur Planet" and Kirby getting put into a yarn based platformer starring Prince Fluff.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

Right now a ton of people, including me, just jumped back into pokemon after around a decade. To follow up what could be the biggest pokemon launch so far with whatever this is....very very bad move. Stick to what you're good at Nintendo. If you want to make a detective game, make an American sequel to Hotel Dusk (there was one but it wasn't released in the US if you didn't know).

megakick
megakick

Nintendo JUMPED the SHARK.

btroof
btroof

just give me a dam HD Pokemon adventure game for Wii U already for crying out loud

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

A sequel to Pokemon Trozei was teased?! Don't care what anyone says, I LOVED Trozei.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

So the Wii u is floundering in sorry need of a system seller and this is the kind of shit Nintendo's working on. Nintendo should mean laughed at in Japanese

josh7845
josh7845

I didn't think electric mice would have the qualifications necessary to be a detective. 

nini200
nini200

A blue Pikachu that can talk?  Ok I'm interested

johnnypogo
johnnypogo

@RiKanKiDD Yes yes and yes. Unfortunately, knowing Nintendo, they prefer to give us what they think we want

DKRises
DKRises

@thanxforplayin Already confirmed they would not make an MMORPG. They are making too much money via copy/paste to care.

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

Miamoto is supposedly making a new franchise, but so far it's been quiet. I love Nintendo's characters and series, but it's getting to a point where they've milked the Mario sidescrollers to oblivion. For one of the biggest innovators in gaming to milk every IP nonstop is very upsetting. Whenever they make something new it just doesn't take off and they refuse to bring back F Zero and Star Fox to the wii u, still no metroid (actually loved the other m), and all we get is Mario and Zelda over and over. A metroid prime on 3DS would be amazing, same with Wii U. But really the only thing that I'm looking forward to now from Nintendo is SSB.

josh7845
josh7845

@steve_esquire I wouldn't say mixing up the Pokemon formula is a bad thing. If anything it allows for new innovations in the series. It gave us Pokemon Colosseum and XD, two interesting games, after all. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@b74kd3th 

Because Nintendo can only focus on one game at a time right?

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

I'm all for a pokemon snap sequel and pokemon stadium is a classic. But they didn't really have stories so they could be considered side games. This just feels like a waste of energy. A pokemon snap 2 would be perfect for both the 3DS and Wii U. Why Nintendo wastes time making side games that no one really wants instead of giving people what they ask for is beyond me. It's like EA ignoring the success of Need For Speed Underground. (As much as I hate to say it, Underground would also be perfect for DLC with extra parts and accessories.)

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

I'm sorry but when I read crap like this, it makes me mad

josh7845
josh7845

@abHS4L88 @josh7845 I agree, though your terminology is off. It's not gamers that are the problem. Far from it. It's the culture of fanboyism that's the issue. It really annoys me when companies pander to the fanboys because, as you rightly said, no matter what the company does, they'll bitch and whine anyway. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@josh7845 

That's what bothers me about many "gamers." They love to criticize franchises for being too "samey" yet when the developers try a different route, these are the same people who are the first to criticize and tear it apart. 

josh7845
josh7845

@steve_esquire Very true, but you have to let companies at least try to innovate. It's good that they're at least taking a risk in doing something different. It might not look brilliant, but it at least shows there's some people passionate enough in that company to break away from making a traditional Pokemon game and instead try and make something different. And, hey, at least they didn't turn it into a tactical shooter. 

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

But you have to admit, they had a lot more promise from the start that this does. To me, this just doesn't fit too well with pokemon. Pokemon hasn't really had mind blowing stories (especially X and Y), and detective games are very narrative driven and often pretty mature. I could be completely wrong, and I'd honestly be happy if I was, but this just doesn't look like it's going to sell well, especially not as well as a sequel to one of the previous spinoffs would have. But I guess we'll see how it goes (still can't get over how awesome a pokemon snap would be on this gen with the Wii U pad and the 3DS cameras...AR cards could be implemented as well)

josh7845
josh7845

@steve_esquire That's what I'm saying though. Colloseum and XD had intriguing narratives and didn't follow the formula for the main games. I wouldn't call them a waste of time. 

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@b74kd3th 

Take comfort that pretty much all Pokemon games are handled by GameFreak, not Nintendo. Plus they're always getting criticized for not trying new things so let's actually see what becomes of this before judging, that's how I see game announcements like this.