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Detective Pikachu gets UK release date… and a very strange trailer
Detective Pikachu – they should’ve got Benedict Cumberbatch to do the voice

One of weirdest Pokémon spin-offs yet is being released in the West after all, but sadly without the voice of Danny DeVito.

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It can often be frustrating defending Pokémon against people that haven’t played the mainline games and their often surprisingly good spin-offs. But we have to admit that even we don’t understand what’s going on with Detective Pikachu.

The game was originally released in Japan two years ago, to no particular acclaim, and yet for some reason it’s getting a live action film adaptation staring Ryan Reynolds. There was also a 40,000-strong petition to get Danny DeVito to do the voiceover for the English version of the game but, as you can hear in the trailer below, he said no.

The reason the game has got so much attention is that it involves a talking pikachu, rather than one that just keeps saying his name over and over, so there’s actually a proper story for once.


The plot involves the deerstalker-waring pokémon teaming up with a human whose dad has gone missing, in what is essentially a point ‘n’ click adventure game.

As you can see, the graphics are really good considering this is only on the 3DS. But reviews from Japan suggest the gameplay and story are rather simplistic, and a bit boring.

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Fans were worried the game wouldn’t get released in the West, because of the expensive translation job involved, but not only will it be out here on March 23 but it will include extra locations not in the original Japanese version, plus an easy mode.

There’s also be a giant-sized amiibo to be released alongside it, that will give you instant access to in-game cut scenes, instead of having to unlock them normally by playing the game.

The one on the left is a normal-sized amiibo
The one on the left is a normal-sized amiibo

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