Back in early 2016, Nintendo, The The Pokémon Company, and Creatures Inc. teamed up to release a rather unique Pokémon spin-off for Nintendo 3DS. Detective Pikachu stars a young boy and a talking Pikachu who team up to solve crimes around their city. This peculiar handheld adventure has been exclusive to Japan for over two years now, but it's finally coming to the West later this month. When it does, players are in for a much grander adventure than what was originally offered in Japan.

GameXplain recently went hands-on with Detective Pikachu, and they also got the opportunity to interview some of the game's developers. During this process they learned that the Western release of Detective Pikachu comes with nine cases for players to crack. Its original release on the Japanese eShop only included three chapters, so players are being treated to approximately three times as much content. While the GameXplain team hasn't played the game in its entirety, they estimate that it should offer around nine to twelve hours of gameplay on a single playthrough.

In addition to Detective Pikachu finally seeing release outside of Japan, a film adaptation is on the way. With Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) as director, Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxyattached as writers, and Ryan Reynolds cast as the voice of Detective Pikachu himself, the project is aiming for a 2019 release. Filming for Detective Pikachu kicked off in January, with London as the primary location. Whether it's in film or game form, are you excited to crack cases with Detective Pikachu?

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