Pikachu talking is equal parts disconcerting and upsetting. It’s worse when he sounds like a middle-aged man. In a new trailer for Detective Pikachu, we get a further look into the horror that is talking Pikachu in Nintendo’s upcoming game, which is due to be released in March.
The new trailer shows off a place called Ryme City where pokémon and people live together. The father of Pikachu’s friend Tim has gone missing and some pokémon have started acting weirdly, prompting the two to go on a journey to solve the mystery, which seems to be connected.
There are a host of new characters including a bloke called Pablo who is the owner of Pikachu’s favorite cafe, Frank, an inspector from Ryme’s police force, and Meiko, a camera operator for a local TV station. All these characters will feature in the storyline, and you’ll be able to interrogate them. A menacing Mewtwo also makes an appearance, and there’s a cute gag when Detective Pikachu meets with Mimkyu, the fairy / ghost pokémon who dresses up like a raggy version of the yellow mouse.
The game looks to feature short puzzles players solve in order to advance the story, and what looks like a style of play that mirrors the point-and-click games of the ‘90s. There’s also a giant Detective Pikachu amiibo available which will unlock extra content and hints. Nintendo says the game can be played without the amiibo, but tapping it will unlock content more quickly.
While Pikachu is very cute in his detective hat, I just can’t take him seriously every time he opens his adorable little mouth and speaks. I still have so many questions about him though; like why does only Tim seem to understand Pikachu when he speaks? Why does Pikachu sound like an old man? Will he revert to a non-speaking Pikachu by the end of the game?