Spin-off adventure puzzle game Detective Pikachu features the unthinkable: a gruff, middle-aged talking Pikachu. It’s out today on Nintendo 3DS.

You play as a young man, Tim, and the only person who can understand this new talking Pikachu. Together you’ll solve the mystery of Tim’s missing father and learn the connections between everything going wrong in the Pokémon-filled city of Ryme City. The crime-solving duo will need to search crime scenes, solve puzzles, find evidence, talk to witnesses, and escape rampaging Pokémon.

A special Easy Mode is available that lets Pikachu provide hints for younger players or those new to the genre.

An extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo has also been released. When used with the game, the amiibo lets players view all the short video clips from chapters they’ve completed, including ones they may have missed.

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To celebrate the launch, a free Pikachu iMessage sticker set can be found on iOS. It includes eight new stickers featuring Detective Pikachu. A free short story, “Detective Pikachu: Episode 0: Eevee’s Case,” can be downloaded via Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle stores. As indicated by the title, it describes the events just prior to the start of the game.

If you purchase Detective Pikachu before Aprill 22, you’ll receive a bonus Detective Pikachu theme for your Nintendo 3DS.

Detective Pikachu has been rated E for Everyone with Comic Mischief and Mild Cartoon Violence. It’s out now on Nintendo 3DS.

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Eric has been writing for over eight years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.