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As of writing, there are over 15.000 signatures. You can bet I signed it too.

The top comment on the petition:

"His voice: iconic.
His range as an actor: wide.
His wit: sharp.
His career: successful.
His comedic timing: perfect.
His celebrity status: beloved.

Now is the time to make Detective Pikachu truly electric.

I choose you, DeVitochu!"

Detective Pikachu got its first trailer last week, very close to its February 3rd launch date. I suggest you watch it, It's described as a "cinematic adventure game", and it looks pretty crazy, complete with Pikachu actually talking, and with a real deep voice on top of that.

Fans are taking the initiative here and making this petition for a hypothetical localization. Sure, it's probably just for a laugh, and I'd buy the game regardless, but wouldn't it be glorious if they got someone in that vein? DeVito is probably too expensive, but how about that Joe Pesci impersonator they used in the Bayonetta games?

Regardless what you may think, just the existence of this petition is a great thing for this game. It's a 10$~15$ game in Japan, and with it being fully voiced the localization might come out a bit expensive. Nintendo might just think it's not worth it. Stuff like this, successful or not, raises awareness and demand for the game in the West, increasing the chances of getting the game localized.
I bet a dime.
I was going to ask who's Pikachu...
OK?
So that proves 15,000 people have no life?
I prefer Bruno Ganz.
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amok: OK?
It's just a weird little thing happening that I thought might amuse people, I guess it didn't amuse you.
Post edited January 29, 2016 by DaCostaBR
I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
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zeogold: I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
James Earl Jones is currently doing voice overs for Arby's. I think Danny can do Pikachu. :P
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zeogold: I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
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tinyE: James Earl Jones is currently doing voice overs for Arby's. I think Danny can do Pikachu. :P
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Never mind. I take back everything. I forgot to account for capitalism.
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zeogold: I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
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tinyE: James Earl Jones is currently doing voice overs for Arby's. I think Danny can do Pikachu. :P
From his looks and history it would make more sense for Danny to be doing the Arby's VOs. Let Darth Vader be Pikachu.
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zeogold: I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
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tinyE: James Earl Jones is currently doing voice overs for Arby's. I think Danny can do Pikachu. :P
Ah man, they got rid of Ving Rhames?
The Japs should really stop raping that franchise already. Seriously, no one cares about Pokemon anymore, and those of us who did at one point (when we were 10-12) are just disgusted by stuff like this.
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zeogold: I dunno, it seems half-disrespectful to the guy. I mean, he's a serious actor and his talents far exceed this kind of stuff. It's kind of like asking Morgan Freeman to voice Alvin the chimpmunk. Why in the world would you want that other than for laughs?
Well, he has done voice acting in the past, such as Hercules (and by extension, Kingdom Hearts), and his biggest role in the past decade was a comedic one in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I think the man knows a joke when he sees one, and he has no problem playing it up. Playing Pikachu for some laughs is no different than eating from the trash in IASIP for a laugh, a dedicated comedic actor is only worried in the end result being funny.

Not implying that he will play it, in fact, I'm certain he won't, even though the petition is nearing 25.000 now. I'm just saying that I wouldn't consider it disrespectful.

By the way, they already put his voice on the trailer
Nah, we should get John Dimaggio to voice Detective Pikachu and he be incredibly foul mouthed too.