Move over, Sherlock — there's a new detective in town, and he's pretty adorable. Pikachu will be taking the role of a chatty, coffee-drinking detective in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo (Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjyou). The first teaser for the upcoming game was released today, giving us a sneak peek at Detective Pikachu.

In this new game, you team up with Pikachu to solve crimes. As you can see from the teaser, this isn't the cutesy Pikachu you remember from your childhood. Now Pikachu talks, and his voice may surprise you.

Was anyone else startled by the new Pikachu voice? I was expecting something a little more, you know, "Pika Pika!" and less hardboiled detective.

Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo will be released in Japan on February 3. After a special promotional price of 1,200 yen ($10.12) until February 29, it will be available for 1,500 yen ($12.65) in the Nintendo eShop.

What do you think of Pikachu's new vibe? Share your thoughts in the comments!


If you're looking for a more intense detective story, check out Signal, where a mysterious two-way radio allows detectives from past and present to work together to catch South Korea’s most elusive serial killer: