Now that you’re all caught up on the events of the last two weeks, it’s time to have some fun. We aren’t going to count the Waddle D’s as they exist in real life (obviously) but instead, we’re going to create our own unique identities for them to go by. So let’s get started.
As we all know, Detective Pikachu was released on Wednesday, October 24th and shattered several records on its first day. The game has now been downloaded over 100 million times and is the fastest-selling game of all time. It is estimated that the game will make over $500 million in its first year.
In addition to being one of the most downloaded games ever, Detective Pikachu was also one of the most pirated games of all time. According to a report from GameStop, the game was stolen over 5.2 million times in its first month. As a result, Detective Pikachu was one of the most banned games of all time.
The game’s phenomenal success caused quite a stir in the world of Pokémon, with fans divided over whether or not Detective Pikachu was a true successor to the legendary detective Pikachu (also known as ‘The Real Pikachu’) who first appeared in 1981. What do you think – is Detective Pikachu a Real Life Pikachu? Or has GameStop lied to us all this time? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
While we wait for more news on Detective Pikachu, let’s jump back to what’s happening in the real world of Pokémon. Since Detective Pikachu’s release, fans have been wondering where is the next big game-changing installment in the Detective Pikachu saga? What will it be?
There are several candidates for this year’s ‘Game-Changing’ Detective Pikachu, including…
- Arctic Thunder, a Game Boy Advance game released in 2001 that serves as a prequel to Detective Pikachu. Arctic Thunder was originally going to be a part of the Detective Pikachu multiformat collection but was delayed. It is considered by many to be the peak of Game Boy Advance hardware, allowing for longer periods of play and more intricate storylines. Furthermore, this was the first game to feature many of the recognizable voice actors from the animated series, making it a truly special title. Many feel that this game perfected the concept of Pokémon hacking and introduced various play methods that would later become commonplace.
- Black Edition, the 2018 remake of the 1996 Game Boy game Pokémon Black & White that adds support for 4K resolution and HDR. Along with Pokémon Sun & Moon, this is considered by many to be the spiritual successor to Pokémon Red, Green & Blue, giving players an 8-bit flashback to their childhood while exploring the world of Pokémon in all its glory. In terms of gameplay innovation, Black Edition added several features including support for the Game Watcher feature (which acts as both a speed boost and information repository), the Augmented Reality (AR) mode, as well as the much-requested spectator mode. Black Edition is also the first Pokémon game to be fully dedicated to the Mythical Pokémon Ho-Oh, allowing players to battle against it (and subsequently earn the deity’s blessing) at any time. Finally, because of its unique take on Pokémon evolution, many feel that Black Edition is the definitive version of the iconic monsters.
- X, the 2019 film that serves as a prequel to the Pokémon movie franchise. While this film does not introduce any new playable characters or places, it does expand the universe by explaining more about the origins of the legendary creatures. X was met with generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with many considering it a return to form for the Pokémon movie franchise. The film also introduced several new characters including Yowl, an anthropomorphic owl who battles against Ash’s Pikachu. Finally, many feel that X finally brings Pokémon to the big-budget blockbuster level, solidifying the franchise as a legitimate player in the world of cinema.
- Yoshi’s Woolly World, a game developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch that was released on December 13th, 2018. Yoshi’s Woolly World is a platforming/puzzle game in which players take on the role of Yoshi, tasked with rescuing Princess Yoshioshika (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) from the titanic demon known as King Boo. According to GameStop, this is Nintendo’s first major release for the Switch and received generally favorable reviews from critics who called it a “masterpiece” and “the best game ever made for the Switch”. Yoshi’s Woolly World also introduced several new gameplay elements including the option to play as Boo and other monsters, adding a layer of strategy to the standard platforming elements. Finally, although this is a handheld game, it is the first time that the entire Yoshi franchise has been available on a console.
- Pokémon Sword & Shield, the pair of Pokémon spin-offs that will be released for the Nintendo Switch by 2020. Several sources (including the Internet Archive) claim that these games were leaked earlier this year, albeit in unfinished form. According to the Internet Archive, these games were first shown to the public at E3 2019. Pokémon Sword & Shield will be released later this year and will bring with it the return of the iconic gym leader battles. In terms of innovation, Pokémon Sword & Shield is considered to be the most technologically advanced Pokémon game yet. It introduced several new features including the ability to ‘connect’ multiple Switch consoles, creating a local-area network (LAN) between them. Pokémon Sword & Shield is also the first mainline Pokémon game to feature a completely original story (unlike the vast majority of its predecessors which were based on traditional Japanese folklore and fiction). It also marks the first time that a mainline Pokémon game has been released on a handheld console.
So, which of these is going to be the next big game-changing Detective Pikachu? Let us know in the comments below.