The Pokémon Company has announced Detective Pikachu, an action–adventure title that significantly adds to the scenario of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo, for 3DS. It will launch both physically and digitally in North America, Europe, and Japan on March 23.
A 13.6cm tall Detective Pikachu Amiibo will be released alongside the game. When used with the game, it can unlock short videos that may contain helpful hints for your investigation.
While the game will normally cost 4,980 yen in Japan, users who own Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo will be able to purchase the digital version of Detective Pikachu for 3,878 yen. Early purchases of the physical version in Japan will include a Detective Pikachu key chain.
In Detective Pikachu, players take on the role of Detective Pikachu, alongside human detective and unlikely partner Tim Goodman. Because Detective Pikachu is a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world, Tim and Detective Pikachu are able to communicate with one another, and do so to investigate the cryptic disappearance of Tim’s father.
Here is an overview of the game, via The Pokémon Company:
An action-adventure title, Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title – a unique Pikachu in the Pokémon world – partnering with Tim Goodman and searching for evidence and clues to solve a series of cases, while also investigating the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry Goodman.
When he arrives in Ryme City looking for his missing father, little does Tim know he would meet a Pikachu, but more amazingly a Pikachu who he could communicate with. There’s more to this Pikachu than a detective hat – he’s one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.
This Pikachu claims that he worked with Tim’s father, and the two pair up to discover his whereabouts. Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu will encounter a number of mysteries in Ryme City and will need to talk to witnesses and gather their testimony in order to discover the truth. Cases that would be impossible for Tim to solve alone can be cracked with the help of this Pikachu, because he is able to obtain vital clues and information from other Pokémon.
Detective Pikachu includes all the chapters of the 2016 Japan-exclusive Nintendo eShop release, Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo, but adds further content that completes the story. The game features new locations to explore, as well as a colorful cast of both Pokémon and human characters.
For those players who are new to sleuthing and may need some help in uncovering the evidence, Detective Pikachu features an Easy Mode, where the title character will provide handy hints on what to do or where to go next.
A special Detective Pikachu amiibo is also planned for when the game launches. It’s larger than a regular amiibo, and it allows players to view all the Pika Prompts (short video clips) from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier. These clips feature Pikachu’s quips and antics – and may even contain a hint.
Watch the announcement trailer below. View a set of artworks at the gallery.