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Detective Pikachu is venturing to the west! The 3DS game was originally released in Japan via the Nintendo eShop on February 3, 2016 and proved popular enough that there is now an American movie of it in development, though western audiences still haven’t seen the release of the game. Get your deerstalker caps ready, because the game will be released on the 3DS on March 23, 2018 in North America and Europe. The game will also see a re-release in Japan on that date.

A spin-off of Generation VI of Pokemon (X and Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby), Detective Pikachu is known as Great Detective Pikachu ~Birth of a New Duo~ in Japan and is a mystery action-adventure game. The plot follows Tim Goodman, a newcomer to Ryme City, who meets the eponymous Detective Pikachu, a tough talking, hardboiled detective. The two team up and start solving mysteries together using reasoning and logic, while looking for Tim’s missing father, Harry Goodman.

To coincide with the game launching, Nintendo will also be releasing a special oversized Detective Pikachu Amiibo on March 23rd, complete with Sherlock Holmes-ian cloche hat (And some major league finger pointing action worthy of Phoenix Wright himself). The figure is set to clock in at 13.6cm high and, according to the official Pokemon website “it will allow players to view all the Pika Prompts from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier.” Cute and functional!

The Detective Pikachu movie is set for release on May 10, 2019. Pikachu will be voiced by Ryan Reynolds with Justice Smith as the as yet unnamed male lead. Filming is set to begin in London in 2018.

Are you excited to finally see Detective Pikachu journey west or are you still waiting for the movie release? Let us know what you think of this spin-off in the comments below!


Courtney Ehrenhofler

Staff Writer

A native New Yorker, Courtney loves playing all different genres of games, but if you start talking to her about Trails in the Sky, she'll never shut up.