I thought the new Pokemon teaser was Detective Pikachu, and I am now sad.
Although I was thrilled to see the first glimpse of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet during the Pokemon Presents stream yesterday, it felt almost like a bait-and-switch after a teaser that seemed to refer to the Detective Pikachu series overtly.
In 2019, a sequel to the original 3DS adventure video game was announced shortly after the live-action film adaptation. It hasn’t been reported since, but job listings indicate that it is still being developed. The job listings brought up the game again in my mind, and I was sure that this live-action segment would lead to a real reveal. It’s not like I knew something was up when Game Freak’s Logo appeared. The team that created the Pokemon RPGs wasn’t responsible for making the Detective Pikachu sequel.
The live-action section starts with a security guard shining his flashlight around a building before finally heading into an office at the end of a few hallways. Inside, there are books and other artefacts. You would expect to find this in a library from a mystery novel. It seems perfect for a Detective Pikachu tease. Even a corkboard is covered with papers. This is a detective’s bedroom, you’ll see. The real kicker came at the one minute mark when the camera stopped for a cup of hot coffee. Both the Ryan Reynolds movie and the original game featured a mystery-solving rodent addicted to coffee.
It was used as a charming character trait for the 3DS. Reynolds’ version of Reynolds was a sicko who loved the coffee juice. This made Reynolds’ movie one of its best. “This must be Detective Pikachu tease,” screamed I into a voice chat with friends. I was going to solve some mysteries with The Greatest Mouse Detective.
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The wind picked up suddenly, and the lights began flickering. Finally, the clock starts to move, and we see an open Pokemon World. This isn’t Detective Pikachu. It’s the next generation Pokemon. Yes, I am thrilled. Even though I’ve just finished Pokemon Legends Arceus and Pokemon Shining Pearl, the idea of exploring a new region within the Pokemon universe appeals to me. It was time, however, to return to Ryme City. This is my favourite place in the Pokémon universe. We’ll have to wait a while longer. We’ll still have a new area to explore while we wait.