Before there was Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu in the upcoming film, there was a Japanese 3DS game called Great Detective Pikachu. Detective Pikachu will hopefully get to the bottom of Nintendo's long running amiibo stock issues when the game releases for North America and Europe on March 23. The goal of the game is to help out a boy named Tim find his father.
A special limited-edition oversized amiibo of Detective Pikachu will also be released at launch.
This Detective Pikachu amiibo comes in at $30, which makes sense given the size increase. Today, The Pokemon Company announced the release date for Detective Pikachu in the west.
The New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition will hit the US - it was released in Japan late a year ago - on January 26. "Look for clues, talk to witnesses, and uncover the secrets of Ryme City!"
However, the announcement of Detective Pikachu for the west means more goodies.
For real, though, the core gameplay loop of Detective Pikachu is to gather clues from crime scenes, use them to develop a lead and continue to pursue justice in the name of Pokemon kind.
Not only is the game coming Stateside, but so is a brand-new Amiibo of the coffee-guzzling titular character, only this Amiibo dwarfs many others. The figure is set to clock in at 13.6cm high and, according to the official Pokemon website "it will allow players to view all the Pika Prompts from chapters they have completed, including ones they missed finding earlier". The game was a Pokemon spinoff adventure sold only on the Nintendo eShop, starring a hyper-intelligent Pikachu and the human who can understand him.