Nintendo’s Nintendo 3DS handheld family still has a place in the market, and three recent Pokémon-themed announcements based around Pikachu can attest to that.


First, the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition – which, as its name implies, is a Pikachu-themed iteration of the handheld – will launch in stores at a $159.99 price-point. Fans of the yellow gaming icon can catch one on January 26.

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu (Image: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company)

Next, the long-awaited localization of the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game has been confirmed, and the game will launch on March 23. It will retail for the standard price of $39.99. This spin-off stars “a witty, tough-talking Pikachu,” who will “uncover clues, solve mysteries and encounter familiar faces from the Pokémon world” with his human partner. As this particular Pikachu is getting his own live-action film starring Ryan Reynolds, it isn’t surprising his game came over.

Moreover, a Detective Pikachu amiibo will launch on March 23, too. It will cost $29.99, though it’s considerably larger than your standard amiibo:

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