At today’s Nintendo Direct, Detective Pikachu Returns was announced and will launch on October 6, 2023.
Returning are both Tim Goodman and Detective Pikachu and while details are scarce for the Nintendo 3DS follow-up, the game certainly looks better than its predecessor.
A film based on the character was launched in 2019 to success, and fans have clamoured for a follow-up game.
Detective Pikachu takes place in Ryme City, where humans and Pokémon coexist harmoniously. Tim’s father, Harry Goodman, a detective, mysteriously disappears in a car accident, leaving behind his faithful partner, Detective Pikachu. Tim discovers that he can understand Pikachu’s speech and decides to join forces to unravel the truth behind his father’s disappearance.
In our review, we said that “Detective Pikachu is not for everyone. If you love Pokémon, then you will want to pick this game up, as the in-game cutscenes of Pokémon are incredible, and the game does an excellent job of catering to Pokémon fans with small details of the Pokémon in the game. If you have never played a Pokémon game, or are not into the Pokémon craze, then this game might not be for you. Detective Pikachu was a great game but left room for more to be desired. More complex puzzles, a less linear plot and better gameplay mechanics would have been welcomed, but the great story and second-to-none cutscenes made up for it.”