Free demo of Detective Pikachu now available on Nintendo 3DS

A free* demo of Detective Pikachu is now available! You can download it from Nintendo eShop on your Nintendo 3DS family system, or via this page – just sign in and press the “Download demo” button to get started.**

Put your detective hat on – it’s time to crack the case of a boy’s missing father in Detective Pikachu, a unique adventure game filled with beloved Pokémon, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Detective Pikachu is on the case!


Follow the story of Tim Goodman, an 18-year-old university student with a strong sense of justice, and form an unlikely partnership with a peculiar talking Pikachu! Gather evidence, interview witnesses, and piece together a variety of clues to unravel the many mysteries surrounding Ryme City.

Where could he be?

It’s been two months since Tim’s father mysteriously disappeared after investigating a wave of Pokémon-related incidents. After growing concerned, Tim heads to Ryme City looking for answers, only to encounter a talking Pikachu with a keen eye for solving crime.

Discover more in the Story Section


Begin your investigation!


Could that be a clue? Maybe that person saw something? You’ll need to talk to onlookers, search for clues, and collect bits of evidence as you try to solve a variety of cases with the help of Detective Pikachu.

Get clued up in the Gameplay Section

It’s good to talk

You can tap the supersized Detective Pikachu amiibo (sold separately) to access any conversation dialogues you may have missed and see all of Pikachu’s unique quips and antics!


Find out more in the amiibo Section

Investigate puzzling incidents involving many types of popular Pokémon in Detective Pikachu, a story-driven adventure full of action and mystery, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems.

Please note: this software does not support 3D images.

*Wireless internet connection required. The registration of Nintendo Network ID and acceptance of the network related terms and privacy policies required.

**To be able to pre-purchase download games or download demos from Nintendo eShop on the official website, you’ll need to have a Nintendo Account which is linked to a Nintendo Network ID, and you’ll need to have visited Nintendo eShop on the device you wish to download on at least once. To find out more, visit our Support section. Pre-purchases made through the Nintendo website are processed via Nintendo eShop.



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