Detective Pikachu is coming to Nintendo 3DS in the West on March 23, 2018.
Today The Pokemon Company announced the Western release date for the action adventure game, as well as a special Detective Pikachu amiibo, which has special functionality within the game.
The game stars a unique gumshoe Pikachu and his partner, Tim Goodman, as they search for clues and solve a series of cases while investigating the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry. A vital part of the duo, Pikachu will be able to talk to other Pokemon to obtain clues that Tim wouldn’t be able to find on his own.
Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japanese Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo, as well as additional content, including new locations for players to explore. The game will feature an Easy Mode for players who want hints to point them in the right direction.
A special Detective Pikachu amiibo was also announced, which is larger than a normal amiibo, and allows players to view all video clips from chapters they have already completed, even clips they may have missed.
On the same day as Detective Pikachu, Nintendo will also release a new Pikachu-themed Nintendo 2DS XL system for $159.99. The same system was previously released in Japan last year.
Detective Pikachu was originally announced in Japan alongside a strange video and was released in Japan in 2016. Our first hint at a Western release came from a European PEGI rating last month.
In 2016, it was announced that Detective Pikachu would also be getting a film by Legendary Pictures, with Ryan Reynolds reportedly starring as the titular character.
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