Detective Pikachu may not have a large presence in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but he does play a small role as a “Spirit”.
This came via VG 27/4 and its new video, which very briefly featured Detective Pikachu as a Spirit in the game.
This is the first time that Pokémon has been represented in a Super Smash Bros. game since 2001.
For the readers who don’t know, Spirits are collective beings introduced in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that are replacing the trophies as the main collective. While the trophies were 3D models, Spirits are merely 2D images from various Nintendo games along with other games beyond Nintendo’s realm.
Spirits are also a factor within gameplay. Each Spirit has an ability that can provide the fighters with boosts and perks during battles.
With Detective Pikachu confirmed as a Spirit, it’s unlikely for the character to join the roster as a fighter. It also confirms that the normal Pikachu won’t get an alternate Detective Pikachu costume.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release next month on December 7 via Nintendo Switch.
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Directed by Rob Letterman, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens, Ken Watanabe as Lt. Yoshida, Paul Kitson as Harry Goodman, Karan Soni as Jack, and Omar Chaparro as Sebastian.
In the Pokémon universe, Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) is a former Pokémon Trainer and the son of prominent detective Harry Goodman. When his father disappears in a car crash, Tim arrives in Ryme City and ends up meeting Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds), who was Harry’s former Pokémon partner. Tim is somehow able to understand the Detective, and they reluctantly team up to find Harry and uncover the mystery surrounding his disappearance.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is scheduled to hit theaters on May 10th, 2019.