Nintendo’s successful hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, keeps getting better. With a host of fantastic new indie games and a roster of Nintendo franchise favorites and big Triple-A titles, its fanbase is quickly growing.
Nintendo Teases New “Interactive Experience” For The Switch
Though any details are vague at this point, it seems that the Switch is about to get even better. Nintendo has teased a big announcement, scheduled for today, January 17, 2018. It’s unclear what the new “interactive experience” entails and whether it will be game related or hardware related.
Switch vs. DS
There may be big news coming for the Switch, but the DS line of mobile devices continues to thrive. Though the Switch boasts portability in addition to functioning as a top of the line home console, Nintendo isn’t ready to scrap its impressive selection of portable devices like the New 3DS XL and the New 2DS XL. When the Switch was announced and began to grow in popularity, DS fans feared the end of an era. However, Nintendo hasn’t abandoned us yet, and hopefully, they won’t anytime soon.
Perhaps Nintendo didn’t anticipate the Switch’s popularity or maybe they’re just not ready to give up on the DS while it’s still a popular system. I’ll admit that when the Switch was released I feared a decline in new, exciting games for the DS, but there’s still a steady stream of quality games being introduced.
A New Console
It’s not just new games being released for the DS. New consoles are coming out, as well. Most notably is an addition to the popular 2DS line of systems. A New 2DS XL released last year, with many of the excellent features of the New 3DS XL, without the 3D functionality and a smaller price tag. It’s a perfect addition to the consoles available, and many users report rarely taking advantage of 3D features of the more expensive devices.
Since the introduction of the New 2DS XL a variety of color combinations and a special edition Pokeball version have been released. But, the bright yellow “Pikachu Edition” releasing on January 26 promises to be a big seller. It’s not uncommon for fans and collectors to buy up these special editions as soon as they hit shelves and may never even take them out of the box. Personally, I wouldn’t be able to resist showing off this adorable mobile gaming system. But, if you want to get your hands on one of these, be ready to hit the store on release day.
If you’re sporting a brand new Pikachu 2DS XL, it seems only fitting to play a new Pokémon game on your device. But, Pokémon announced last year that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were the final main Pokémon games to be released for the DS line of systems. Main Pokémon games have always been played on Nintendo mobile systems and though making the move to the Switch makes sense, long time DS players wondered how the loss of one of the most popular games on the mobile platform would effect DS players.
Well, it seems that it may be the best of both worlds, for now. The next new Pokémon main release will be on the Switch and promises to be amazing, but new games like the upcoming Detective Pikachu are still coming to the DS.
Detective Pikachu offers a different experience than what most would expect from a Pokémon game. It’s an action adventure game where a unique Pikachu character helps the player solve a mystery.
From the Pokémon website:
“A special Pikachu and his friend Tim uncover the mysteries of Ryme City in Detective Pikachu for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family. This Pikachu is unlike any other—the gruff Pokémon talks tough, loves strong coffee, and boasts about his brilliance as a wannabe great detective. Side by side, Tim and Pikachu will search for clues and talk to witnesses to investigate the disappearance of Tim’s father, Harry.”
Hinting that the normal difficulty play mode offers a challenging puzzle for adult players and fans of games like the Professor Layton series and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Detective Pikachu features an easy mode that offers hints and assistance along the way. This may make the game more accessible to younger players.
In addition to the game, Nintendo is also releasing a special edition Detective Pikachu amiibo that is larger than a standard amiibo. When used, it allows access to special features that help you solve the mystery.
Detective Pikachu releases on March 23, 2018 and is currently available for pre-order.