How Pokemon Detective Pikachu Compares to the Video Sport


“A bolt of brilliance!” was Detective Pikachu’s catchphrase within the recreation.

The Detective Pikachu film was closely impressed by its online game predecessor, however within the course of of constructing it to the large display screen, loads of particulars about Tim and Pikachu’s journey have been modified – although I’d argue lots of the adjustments made their story higher for the film.

This record of adjustments and similarities was put collectively primarily based on essentially the most impactful adjustments to characters and the story.

Warning: this text accommodates spoilers for Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and Detective Pikachu the sport!

Related: Mewtwo was within the recreation, however had a special request

Within the Detective Pikachu Sport, Mewtwo was by no means captured by a mysterious group. As an alternative, a gaggle of scientists got here throughout Mewtwo cells that they confused for Mew cells when attempting to create a miracle medication. They as a substitute created R, a drug that prompted Pokemon to go berserk.

This Mewtwo additionally has a deep mistrust of people.

Throughout Harry and Pikachu’s R investigation, they battle with a villain distinctive to the sport, solely to be thwarted by a extreme automobile crash shortly after. The crash ejected Tim and Pikachu by the entrance window. Like within the film, that is when Mewtwo approaches Pikachu and, in contrast to the film, duties Pikachu with recovering his stollen cells. This Mewtwo additionally has a deep mistrust of people. Mewtwo threatens to destroy, effectively, “all the pieces,” however Mewtwo finally reveals that Pikachu satisfied him to not. It’s then we assume Mewtwo in some way saves Harry. Mewtwo then watches Pikachu’s journey with Tim from afar, noting earlier than the tip of the sport that some people will be reliable.


Mewtwo by no means actually cared about Tim, nor did they’ve any kind of magical assembly within the forest after Pikachu was harm. Pikachu had a job to do, and he was fortunate Tim got here alongside to assist.

Completely different: Mewtwo met Tim’s father with Pikachu however…

Their merging is simply implied within the recreation, not fully confirmed. The sport ends with Mewtwo presenting himself to Pikachu to obtain the final of his stray cells, and he says one thing attention-grabbing to Pikachu: “Have you ever determined which one to decide on?” Pikachu’s reply is not revealed, however Pikachu faints as Tim comes across the nook. Tim sees Mewtwo, who tells him his father continues to be alive and might discover him finally offered he doesn’t surrender.

This leaves the story open-ended for an additional recreation. The film has a moderately totally different ending, which you’ll learn extra about in our Detective Pikachu ending defined characteristic.

Related: It was medication all alongside, however with totally different villains and motives

Pokemon goes to some surprisingly darkish and severe locations – Workforce Rocket practically dies moderately usually within the anime – however it was a shock to search out out that, within the recreation, R was getting used to create controversies with Pokemon so GNN producer named Roger Clifford may develop the community, analysis R, and by promoting R, achieve energy and cash to grab management of the world. He went as far as to kidnap a scientist and compelled him to provide the drug in secret. There was by no means a secret plan from Howard Clifford to merge Pokemon and people like there was within the film.

However like within the film, R is a risk to a parade on the finish, although the sport had the drug hidden in additional informal balloons, meals, and different issues round a bigger carnival. The drug isn’t unleashed on Ryme Metropolis, and Pikachu will get a fast battle with a Noivern as a substitute of Mewtwo to defeat Roger.

Completely different: Charizard was a extra sympathetic character

Whereas Charizard obtained an enormous battle characteristic within the film, Charizard was solely seen on tape within the Detective Pikachu recreation. Like within the film, the sport’s model of Charizard is affected by R, however as a substitute of R getting used to energy up the Pokemon in battle, it’s used to trigger chaos at a theme park. Whereas Charizard was main a parade. The Charizard does a ton of harm and is taken away. The park shuts down and the opposite Pokemon who labored within the park now reside there in hiding, ready for Charizard to return. It’s fairly tragic.


Footage of Charizard’s rampage truly helps Tim and Pikachu discover their first of two culprits within the R case. The unlawful battle enviornment and Charizard’s coach Sebastian didn’t exist within the recreation.

Completely different: There have been far more mysteries to unravel

The sport closely relied on Pikachu’s potential to speak with Pokemon to unravel mysteries, however the film seldom makes use of it. As an example, the primary thriller includes some mischievous Aipom and a stolen necklace. That is the place Tim meets Pikachu, and by speaking to numerous Pokemon and investigating clues, they’re capable of finding the necklace and have fun with espresso within the park afterward. Tim is extra useful in fixing circumstances too since he is the participant character. Tim and Pikachu often have to gather testimonies, and alongside the way in which, they encounter all types of Pokemon in numerous environments.

Related: Torterra did trigger some shock, however not in the identical method

Within the recreation, Tim and Pikachu by no means make it to the unique lab the place R was invented like their film counterparts. That lab was destroyed and rebuilt as a brand new facility the place researchers research how Pokemon can work along with people to higher everyday life. For instance, one researcher explores how Garbodor may also help with rubbish disposal whereas one other is looking for out how Solosis and Duosion can survive in any setting. Tim and Pikachu do discover a secret room that remained from the previous lab that harbored loads of R analysis, however it nonetheless lacked the film’s harmful Greninja and gargantuan Torterra.

Nonetheless, a Torterra does seem within the Detective Pikachu prequel e-book! Pikachu will get caught in a gap in somebody’s yard and Torterra rescues him. It was a form, regular-sized Torterra, and a key a part of the thriller Pikachu was fixing for an Eevee within the recreation prequel story.


Related: Detective Pikachu wasn’t a espresso addict, however he did love espresso

OK, possibly he was a little bit hooked on espresso, however he was extra of an aficionado. There was even a characteristic within the recreation the place you might speak to Pikachu and accumulate his espresso ideas amongst different conversations. (It was surprisingly informative!) The Hello-Hat Cafe was way more outstanding within the Detective Pikachu recreation too. Pikachu and Tim usually frolicked right here mulling over circumstances whereas Ludicolo introduced them espresso made by her companion, Pablo Millan. It was good to see that Ludicolo made a fast look within the film.


Completely different: Lucy wasn’t named Lucy and he or she wasn’t an intern

Lucy Stevens, the spunky intern with a companion Psycduck, is a wholly unique film character. Within the recreation, Lucy’s function was break up between two ladies who labored full-time at GNN. One was a camerawoman, Meiko Okamoto, and the opposite was Emilia Christie, a GNN reporter who is a bit more just like Lucy. These two labored collectively to cowl the mysteries of the rising variety of Pokemon incidents in Ryme Metropolis. Neither of them had Pokemon companions, however they did assist Tim and Pikachu on occasion.

Related: Tim Goodman nonetheless takes the again seat to Detective Pikachu

The sport and film each have a pointy deal with Detective Pikachu, however the recreation sees Tim as much more as a self-insert character, which is smart. Tim arrives in Ryme metropolis with the intention of investigating what occurred to his father moderately than coming to town with the assumption that Harry Goodman is already useless. The main points of the remainder of Tim’s household aren’t actually a spotlight within the recreation, and the specifics about Tim’s relationship with Pokemon aren’t actually explored both. The sport model of Tim is extra easygoing too, however he additionally receives a good quantity of teasing from Pikachu. He is nonetheless the one human who can perceive Pikachu and does not have a companion Pokemon of his personal.

These aren’t all of the variations between the sport and film, however they’re those that made essentially the most impression. In case you haven’t gotten round to enjoying the Detective Pikachu online game, make sure you learn my evaluation to see why I believe it’s an awesome entry to the Pokemon collection. And for much more on the Detective Pikachu film, make sure you take a look at IGN’s PokeRap for the Detective Pikachu Pokemon.

Miranda Sanchez is an govt editor at IGN. She has a mountain of Pikachu plush on her desk. You’ll be able to chat along with her about video video games and anime on Twitter.

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