Nintendo hints at a Pokemon game where Pikachu mimics facial expressions

Uses 3DS' internal cameras to map a user's face.

Nintendo is working on technology where Pikachu can mimic facial expressions using the 3DS' internal camera.

Japanese TV channel NHK (via NeoGAF) showed a teaser of the title, with more information scheduled to be released next week.

Screenshots of the broadcast show the title using the 3DS camera to capture the movement of a user's head, eyes, and mouth, and then map the changes to a model of Pikachu. The software is said to also capture a 3D model of a player's head.

The end result of the technology will be featured in a TV interview with Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, to be broadcast on October 28.

Pokemon X and Y, which was released for 3DS on October 12, has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

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45 comments
Brian Lesyk
Brian Lesyk

The Virtual Boy, ROB the robot, the Wii U, the 2DS, the Power Pad, and the Power Glove wave back.

Brian Lesyk
Brian Lesyk

Nintendo--always on the cutting edge...of useless technology that no one wants.

Tam Duong
Tam Duong

Cute and adorable who can resist that.

Andrew Van Byssum
Andrew Van Byssum

Instead of doing this they should add more post-game content to X and Y

Will Morton
Will Morton

Don't get me wrong. I love Pokemon and Pikachu immensely. But this technology looks too farfetched to me (no pun intended!)

Jak Gibberish
Jak Gibberish

I am glad Nintendo have their portieres in check!

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Not really i think he looks adorable lol

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Zack hasn't even played on a Nintendo system at all. He's just some stupid high school kiddie who has nothing better to do than to post stupid comments on threads in a futile attempt to annoy people. Time to grow up kid.

Rob Yip
Rob Yip

Vicky Yip chu!!!!!!!!

Daian
Daian

This is kinda creepy.

soulless4now
soulless4now

That's scary as hell. 

I'd rather have a virtual edition of that Pikachu gigapet from the '90s. 

bfa1509
bfa1509

Shit. That picture of pikachu and Snorlax makes me wonder where my childhood went. Brings a tear to my Pokeyeballs.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Dumbest shit I've ever seen, this company is a joke that shouldn't be told

NeroHaseo
NeroHaseo

So...Pokemon Yellow Special Pikachu Halloween Edition judging by that creepy face. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Wow, just what every Pokemon fan ever wanted!

josh7845
josh7845

When I wanted you to innovate with the Pokemon franchise, this wasn't what I pictured. 

kbaily
kbaily

My God! They're making "Hey you Pikachu 2?"  Well maybe it will actually work this time.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Cant we just have a New Pokemon Snap :(.....

Kraken422
Kraken422

Please be an extra that comes with a Pokemon Yellow remake. I will buy a 3DS if they remake Pokemon Yellow.

EPaul
EPaul

Sounds like an app for a smartphone or something

kryotech
kryotech

That sounds pretty cool...maybe not on its own as a game, but its sounds like a cool concept to apply to a larger game.....

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Hey You, Pikatwo!

Calling it now.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Erm.. I can't see this being a standalone game... More likely a free app or extension to Pokemon X/Y

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

You see Nintendo, this is why I lost all respect for you years ago.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

So now I can know what Pikachu looks like when he is masturbating.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Daian Yeah, that picture of Pikachu gives me odd and rather unpleasant associations. Perhaps it's just me and my foul imagination, but that look has no place in a pokemon game.

kbaily
kbaily

@RiKanKiDD Honesty I wonder if the gamepad Camera functions of Pikmin 3 and WW HD is a hint of Nintendo testing this out to see if a WiiU Pokémon Snap can work. So far, I'd say that would be a great WiiU game. Use the gamepad as a camera, maybe have a bigger island with more Pokémon from later generations and of course Miiverse sharing.