Detective Pikachu

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Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ ~新コンビ誕生~
Meitantei Pikachu ~ Shinkonbitanjō ~
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North American box art.
Developer: Creatures, Inc.
Publisher: The Pokémon Company
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Adventure
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates

March 23, 2018[1]


Digital: February 3, 2016
Retail: March 23, 2018[2]











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Detective Pikachu is a spin-off game in the Pokémon series, to be released as a Nintendo eShop download title for Nintendo 3DS in February 2016 in Japan. Originally revealed in 2013 documentary at an early stage in development, the game was later re-revealed in January 2016 and released in February. Between January 27 and February 29, 2016, players could purchase the game for the discounted price of ¥1,200.

In January 2018, it was announced that Detective Pikachu would be released as a retail game in Japan in March 2018, featuring all of the content of the original game with brand new content. The game was also confirmed to be released worldwide at the same time. A Detective Pikachu amiibo was also announced for release alongside the retail game.

A live-action Detective Pikachu film has been announced. The film will be produced by Legendary Entertainment, and has been slated for release in May 2019.



Nintendo website

Crack the case in this new detective adventure game by interacting with a unique, fully-voiced Pikachu!

As Tim Goodman, you'll partner with a self-proclaimed "great detective" Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes, and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city's greatest mysteries!

Tim is searching for his missing father in Ryme City, but instead encounters a witty, tough-talking Pikachu! Along the way, experience over 150 fun-filled animated cutscenes starring this unique Pikachu, providing helpful hints or talking up a storm. You can also tap the extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo™ figure to access all cutscenes up until the current chapter played. As you investigate crime scenes, gather testimonies, uncover information, and interact with Pokémon to solve cases. You’ll have to put your detective skills to the test to foil the mastermind behind the disturbances in Ryme City. All in a day's work for detective Pikachu!

  • Team up with self the pro-claimed "great detective" Pikachu!
  • Experience over 150 animated cutscenes of a fun, and witty talking Pikachu
  • Investigate the scene, take notes and crack the case!
  • Interact with various Pokémon throughout Ryme City



Technical details

Technical Details

Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download

Download size

4,951 blocks[3]

Supported features


Input / compatible controllers

Nintendo 3DS

External links


  1. Pokemon PR - Crack the Case with Detective Pikachu, launching March 23. GoNintendo (January 12, 2018). Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  2. ポケモンセンターで『名探偵ピカチュウ』を予約して、豪華特典を手に入れよう! (January 12, 2018). Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. Mei Tantei Pikachu (Detective Pikachu): download card, more screenshots. Perfect Nintendo (January 28, 2016). Retrieved April 1, 2017.

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