Detective Pikachu Finally Comes West This March

Detective Pikachu launched in Japan back in 2016 and hasn’t been anywhere else since.  Over here in the States, however, the name sounds familiar because Legendary Entertainment is working on a film based off of the Detective Pikachu game (which most recently signed on Ryan Reynolds to voice the titular Pokemon).  

With filming on the movie set to begin soon, it should be no surprise that The Pokemon Company thinks it’s a prime time to bring the game to the West.  They announced today the game will launch on March 23, 2018 and will be coming with a giant Detective Pikachu amiibo that will absolutely dwarf your 3DS when using it: 

A special Pikachu and his friend Tim uncover the mysteries of Ryme City in Detective Pikachu for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. This Pikachu is unlike any other—the gruff Pokémon talks tough, loves strong coffee, and boasts about his brilliance as a wannabe great detective. Side by side, Tim and Pikachu will search for clues and talk to witnesses to investigate the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry.

You’re sure to encounter plenty of other interesting characters as you explore the big city, including Brad McMaster, a police lieutenant; and Mike Baker, a man who used to work with Harry. Plus there are countless Pokémon to meet, and that’s where this Pikachu’s talents really shine—he can communicate with other Pokémon—and with Tim, too. Look forward to plenty of other fascinating people in Ryme City…but it’s up to you to figure out who to trust!


Will you be picking this up in March?  I’ve never been big on the Pokemon spin-off games, sticking mostly to the main RPG entries, but it could be a lot of fun to play around with.