Detective Pikachu will be released in the US in March 2018

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that Detective Pikachu will finally make its way to North America in 2018. The adventure game stars a “tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind Pikachu” and players will team up with him to solve a series of cases and save Ryme City:

Detective Pikachu finds the hero of the title… a unique Pikachu in the Pokemon 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 Pokemon.

Detective Pikachu was originally released in Japan in 2016, but this new version of the game will be greatly expanded with new locations to explore and new cases to solve. Nintendo will also add an Easy Mode for players who’ve been stumped by the game’s mysteries.

Detective Pikachu will be available for the 3DS on March 23, alongside a larger-than-average Amiibo figure of the Poke-Sleuth that’ll allow players to view short video clips known as Pika Prompts. These clips will feature quips and antics from Pikachu… and also hints about where to go next.

The first trailer for Detective Pikachu has been embedded above.

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