There’s only one thing better than Pikachu, and that’s Pikachu in an adorable little hat, solving crimes. And that’s exactly what you’ll get in the newly announced Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo 3DS.

In perhaps one of the best video game trailers ever made, we see a live-action look at the seedy underbelly of a city overrun with crime. Only one detective has the skills necessary to bring justice to these dark alleys, and that’s the fuzzy yellow mascot of the Pokemon universe, Pikachu. Get ready for Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo.



Honestly, when I first started watching this trailer, there was a brief moment where I thought I was watching a Youtube ad before actually getting to my desired video.

Pretty soon, though, we see the silhouette of everybody’s favorite electric-squirrel-thing, and all is revealed to be a new Detective Pikachu game coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Whoever thought to blend Pokemon with Professor Layton is a genius, especially considering the fact that Sherlock Holmes has been all the rage these past few years.

While Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo might not be the best title in town, the new mystery game for the 3DS certainly looks like some good fun in these early looks. And as you can see in the above trailer, this special Pikachu can say more than just his name.

Detective Pikachu rumors have been buzzing around the internet for a while now, but we’ve had few solid details until today. Even more surprising is that Nintendo made the announcement with little pomp and circumstance. Just, boom, here’s a trailer for the game.

We also know that, along with teaming up with their red-hoodie-wearing human friend, Detective Pikachu will square off against another special member of his species, an evil blue Pikachu.

And here’s the even crazier part: The game launches next week…well, if you live in Japan, that is. Detective Pikachu will allow players to start solving mysteries on Feb. 3 for the Nintendo 3DS. The game will only cost 1,500 yen, which translates to about $13. In other words, it sounds like this is going to be more of a light mystery game than an epic story of good versus evil spread across a 60-hour campaign. Sadly, we’ve got no idea if Detective Pikachu will launch outside of Japan but, considering this is a Pokemon game we’re talking about, we’re guessing that the chances are pretty good.

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