Detective Pikachu is Coming West, Switch is Topping December NPD Charts, & More (Daily News Recap 1/12/2018)

Welcome to the second Daily News Recap here on the official Nintendo Prime web initiative. As stated in the last recap, this daily feature will house the day’s big Nintendo news stories. Some of these items can be found reported on the YouTube channel with Nate’s lovely face, but these posts will cover more news which hasn’t been featured on the channel as of yet. It all depends on the amount of news stories trickling throughout the day.

Detective Pikachu is Coming West

A Japanese Nintendo 3DS title which launched in February of 2016, Detective Pikachu, is finally heading to the West on March 23rd. If you’ve ever wanted to play a game where Pikachu speaks English, Detective Pikachu will be a dream come true. Check out the trailer below.

An amiibo for the Detective Pikachu character will also be releasing, which is larger than the standard amiibo we’ve come to expect. As you can see in this comparison photo, the detective stands much taller.

In addition, a Pikachu-themed New Nintendo 2DS XL will be launching on January 26th before the Pokémon star’s stand alone game releases.


Nintendo Switch is Topping December NPD Charts

As stated by the head of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg, the Xbox One has had its highest December console share ever. Even though it outsold the PlayStation 4, it still couldn’t beat the Nintendo Switch. This hybrid console managed to sell the most units for the month of December in 2017.

Check out the video version of this news piece here.

A New Nintendo Direct May Be Approaching

After this week’s 15 minute Nintendo Direct Mini, many fans are expecting a full-sized Direct down the line later this year. However, looking at Nintendo’s track record, full-sized presentations usually follow mini Directs in no later than 20 days. In 2012, a Direct followed its mini cousin after just one day.

Will Nintendo hold true to their past traditions, or will be see a full Nintendo Direct months later instead? See Nate’s thoughts on the matter in this video.