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Famicom Detective Club Games Finally Arrive In The West

They’ve been a long time coming, but finally Nintendo fans in the west can play officially localized versions of two games that, up until now, have been stuck in Japan. Both Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind are now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Each game costs $34.99, but if you buy one of them, you’ll receive $10 off the other, so instead of costing a total of $70 for both it’ll come out to the standard $60 we’re used to paying for Nintendo first party releases. As of now no physical edition has been announced for North America.

These adventure games have you interrogating suspects and finding clues to solve various mysteries. They originally appeared on the Famicom Computer Disk System, an add-on for the Famicom (the Japanese version of the 8-bit NES) that never managed to make it out of Japan. The two games have been fully updated and overhauled with amazing new graphics, full voices, and subtitles for western audiences. Check out the trailer and official press release below. In the meantime, I’ll get busy starting to solve the first case!




Uncover mysteries and discover a piece of Nintendo history with two Famicom Detective Club games, now available in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switchsystem.

Question suspects, reveal secrets and immerse yourself in two chilling murder mysteries with the Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind games. These suspenseful tales are now available in the U.S. for the first time for $34.99 each, fully modernized for the Nintendo Switch family of systems. If you purchase one in Nintendo eShop, you can get $10 off the other!*

Do you have what it takes to crack the case in these two interactive mysteries?

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir – The wind whistles through the lush Japanese countryside. A man named Amachi finds you unconscious and stricken with amnesia. After you awaken, you eventually learn that you are a detective working to solve a murder involving the wealthy Ayashiro family. Gather your wits and work to uncover the culprit and your past before tragedy can strike again in this harrowing investigation.

Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind – Night has fallen over Ushimitsu High School. After a student loses her life while investigating the story of a bloody ghost that haunts the school, the unnerving tragedy leaves the local community and the victim’s classmates shaken. As a detective in the making, it’s up to you to discover the truth behind the murder and the ghastly rumor of “the girl who stands behind” in this suspenseful prequel tale.

In these two visual novels, you’ll advance your investigation by interrogating suspects and examining your surroundings. Move the magnifying glass across the screen and inspect clues with a push of a button. Scrutinize witness alibis by selecting the correct questions from a series of options. Only with the truth in hand will you be able to access new areas, meet more suspects and unravel the mystery. You’re in charge of these cases, detective – conduct them as you see fit.

Originally released in Japan only, Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind have been revitalized for Nintendo Switch with re-created graphics, music and sound effects. For more information about the games, visit

* Discount displayed in USD. Discount applied when payment is processed for the second game.


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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