Why Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo is an Exciting Announcement

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced a new eShop game: Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo.  Reaction to this announcement has been mixed, ranging from excitement (over 35,000 fans and counting have already started clamoring for Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu in the English localization) to outright disdain.  This mixed reaction isn’t exactly surprising, considering this is a game starring a Pikachu capable of human speech.

However, Nintendo’s willingness to take old franchises in new directions should be commended.  Without this willingness to experiment, we wouldn’t have gems like Pokémon Snap. On paper, taking pictures of pocket monsters doesn’t sound like the most exciting game in the world, but it offers a surprisingly rewarding experience and remains a cult classic to this day.  And while Hey You, Pikachu! wasn’t the most acclaimed game in the series, its use of voice recognition technology led Nintendo to enable microphone compatibility for the DS.  And let’s face it: Nintendogs just wouldn’t be the same without the ability to talk to your puppy.

Considering that so many publishers release sequel after sequel with minimal innovation, we should be grateful that companies like Nintendo are willing to take our beloved characters in new directions.

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Lisa Lowdermilk is an incurable punster. She loves wordplay almost as much as she loves Nintendo games. Her favorite Nintendo character is Shy Guy, and she hopes that he will have a starring role someday (and be able to cope with his subsequent rise to fame).