Detective Pikachu might finally come out for 3DS in the west, two years after its Japanese debut

By James O'Connor
11 December 2017 23:03 GMT

Detective Pikachu, a game and franchise that has followed a weird trajectory, might finally be coming to 3DS outside of Japan.

The Detective Pikachu game – originally titled Great Detective Pikachu – launched on the Japanese eShop in January 2016. The game, in which Pikachu and a young lad solve a mystery together, was never released anywhere else, but for some reason it started to take off as a franchise anyway – there’s a Detective Pikachu Hollywood movie in development right now, with Ryan Reynolds set to star as the eponymous detective.

With this news announced, it was starting to feel weird that the game still hadn’t been released in the west. But now the game has been rated in Europe, which makes it seem like a much stronger possibility that Detective Pikachu is going to release for 3DS in English.

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Detective Pikachu has received a PEGI rating, as spotted by the eagle-eye folks at Serebii. It received a PEGI-3 rating, which essentially means that it’s suitable for everyone.

There’s a placeholder date – we’d expect it to launch next year, if it’s coming – and a brief synopsis: “Detective Pikachu is on the case! Investigate evidence, question possible witnesses and solve a curious mystery.”

So hopefully, our wait for Detective Pikachu is nearly over – if you’re a fan of the little rodent, make sure you charge your 3DS.

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