New Detective Pikachu game coming to Nintendo Switch

Pokemon Detective Pikachu
Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)

You heard right, a new Detective Pikachu game is coming to Nintendo Switch. The sequel game was first revealed during the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference by President and CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara. It will continue from the cliffhanger ending of the Detective Pikachu game for the 3DS handheld system.

The original game was a major deviation from previous Pokémon titles featuring the first-ever talking Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise. Now with the success of the Detective Pikachu movie starring Ryan Reynolds, it isn't surprising that Nintendo and Creatures, Inc. have decided to continue the story on the Switch.

What is the plot for the Detective Pikachu Switch game?

We still don't know much else about the game. Nintendo themselves state that "the details of this game are still a mystery." We do know that the ending for the 3DS game left more to be discovered so we're excited to see where this new game takes our Pikachu P.I. Ishihara warned us to expect a different ending from what was shown in the movie. We'll update this article when we get more information.

When will Detective Pikachu be released on the Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, a release date wasn't mentioned during the press conference so we don't know an exact date. With any luck it will be by 2020 at the latest. We'll update this information as we learn more.

The Switch game isn't available just yet for pre-order. In the meantime, get your hands on the original game and its accompanying amiibo figure.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.