Detective Pikachu
Pikachu in Nintendo 3DS eShop game Detective Pikachu Nintendo

The Pokémon Company has announced a Pikachu Detective game for Nintendo 3DS with a trailer that would be confusing enough if it weren't also entirely in Japanese. The game, which we assume will be a mystery game, is set for release digitally in Japan on 2 February.

In the trailer we see a computer-generated Pikachu don a deerstalker hat (made famous by Sherlock Holmes) and pick up a magnifying glass to solve crimes alongside a human companion. Gameplay footage shortly follows, as well as the reveal that Pikachu will be a fully-voiced character.

You can watch the trailer below.

Gameplay looks unlike any other Pokémon game, with a focus on animated sequences and voice acting. Other Pokémon will also feature. We've spotted Fletchling, Aipom and another Pikachu (with the classic voice).

Nintendo has yet to announce if Detective Pikachu will be released in Europe and North America, but given most Pokémon titles do get worldwide releases, it certainly seems likely that it will.

The announcement comes as Nintendo gears up for February's 20<sup>th anniversary of the Pokémon series, which will be marked by the rerelease of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow (and Green in Japan) on Nintendo 3DS and will also see a special Super Bowl commercial for Pokémon air during the sporting event.

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