The mashup video featuring Hollywood actor Danny DeVito's voice overlaying the Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS has gone viral. The video comes on the heels of a petition with tens of thousands of signatures asking for Nintendo to hire DeVito to voice Pikachu for the upcoming game.
Game Informer caught wind of the fan-made mashup video that has been circulating the internet recently, and it's hilarious. You can see it in action below courtesy of YouTuber Tealhollow1.
The fan made trailer was put together using clips after spanning hours of footage from Danny DeVito's movies. According to Tealhollow1, he now sees DeVito's face when he closes his eyes.
This fan made collage comes after a petition was started on Change.org where gamers have been requesting Nintendo to bring in the Hollywood actor to voice Pikachu for the upcoming title. As mentioned in the original piece covering the petition, we don't actually know for certain that Nintendo even has plans on releasing Detective Pikachu in the West for the Nintendo 3DS. Right now the game is only scheduled to appear in Japan as part of the anniversary celebration of the Pokemon brand.
The game itself sees a detective Pikachu teaming up with a young boy named Tim, and they must solve mysteries together sometimes using unusual and peculiar methods. The game is mirrored very similarly off the BBC television show Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The character Pikachu in the Japanese version of the game is voiced by an older gentlemen with steely resolve, which is the complete opposite of how the character is portrayed in the cartoon and video games, where the little, yellow, electric animal is known for having a high-pitched voiced with very hyper-active movements.
Some of the fans commenting on the YouTube video above mentioned that the only other person who could have been a perfect fit for voicing Pikachu in the upcoming Pokemon game would be the late Bob Hoskins, best known for his work in movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Super Mario Bros. movie.
As for the game itself, it seems to be a cross between The Adventures of TinTin and Professor Layton, with a lot of the game centering around interacting with various characters, partaking in some quick-time events, and solving mysteries in a very bright and color environment. It's definitely a far cry from Focus Home Interactive's Sherlock Holmes series, which is slightly darker and carries a more ominous tone about it.
While we still don't know for sure if Nintendo will even take note of this massive fan-movement to include Danny DeVito into the Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS, I'm sure both Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan are loving all the free publicity the game is getting ahead of its release.