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  • Summary: Solve a murder mystery surrounding a wealthy Japanese family. Hunt for clues, talk to suspects, and explore the Japanese countryside after tragedy strikes the wealthy Ayashiro family. Filled with suspense, this tale follows an amnesia-stricken detective trying to unravel his own past amidstSolve a murder mystery surrounding a wealthy Japanese family. Hunt for clues, talk to suspects, and explore the Japanese countryside after tragedy strikes the wealthy Ayashiro family. Filled with suspense, this tale follows an amnesia-stricken detective trying to unravel his own past amidst the horrors of a harrowing murder investigation. Play at home, on the go, or in your favorite reading nook—only on the Nintendo Switch™ system. Play Famicom Detective Club in English for the first time.

    Originally released in Japan only, the Famicom Detective Club™: The Missing Heir game has been localized with English text and modernized for Nintendo Switch. While the graphics, music, and sound effects have been recreated, players can choose the original 8-bit soundtrack. Discover a piece of Nintendo history with the Famicom Detective Club series of games.

    Buy one Famicom Detective Club game, get the other at a discount

    Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir is the first entry in the series. The game’s prequel, Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, is also available on Nintendo eShop. If you purchase one of these games on Nintendo eShop, you can get $10 off the other when also purchased on Nintendo eShop.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
  1. Jun 3, 2021
    90
    Famicom Detective Club is a fantastic revitalised visual novel, let down only slightly by its lacking narrative options and gender selection. I would say that this is the best visual novel game I have had the pleasure of playing.
  2. May 19, 2021
    85
    While it sometimes feels its age in terms of gameplay, Famicom Detective Club is nonetheless an excellent Visual Novel. The two proposed surveys are pleasant to follow while the visual rendering impresses. Its sublime artistic direction, mixing the new and the old, is practically worth the detour on its own. And too bad if the whole thing sometimes lacks interactivity, because the essential is there. We take pleasure in following these budding detectives in their discoveries. Too bad these very successful remakes do not benefit from a French translation despite their prohibitive price.
  3. May 28, 2021
    80
    Many outside of Japan didn't experience Famicom Detective Club before, which is a true shame considering just how good these visual novels are. Each has a compelling story and is well worth playing, especially now that they both have been remade with such care and attention. Anyone who enjoys adventure games or mysteries should definitely give these a try, as they easily rank among the best of the hidden gems on the Switch.
  4. May 12, 2021
    78
    Famicom Detective Club is not the new Ace Attorney that many were hoping for, that much is clear. The new graphic design makes a huge (and obvious) step forward compared to the original, but the investigation mechanics really feel the weight of the years and might not meet the favour of less patient players. Two good stories, but condemned to a lethargic narration despite their objective merits. Recommended for visual novel lovers and hardcore Nintendo fans.
  5. Jun 24, 2021
    70
    Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir feels like a top-notch mystery novel at its best moments. However, its limited mechanics can cause a bit of frustration, but if you stick with it, it’ll be worth your time.
  6. May 14, 2021
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Edge Magazine
    May 20, 2021
    50
    Why take such efforts to unearth them in a remaster that goes above and beyond in so many ways, only to leave basic flaws intact? A puzzle for future generations of podcasters, perhaps. [Issue#359, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. May 24, 2021
    10
    Juegazo para descubrir el origen de un género que ha marcado los videojuegos.
  2. May 16, 2021
    10
    推理AVG的金字塔 除此之外沒什麼好說的 這次重製雖然畫面大幅升級 人物做了一些微調 但30年前的傳統 卻原汁原味的繼承下來 事實證明 有些事物不做改變 才是上策推理AVG的金字塔 除此之外沒什麼好說的 這次重製雖然畫面大幅升級 人物做了一些微調 但30年前的傳統 卻原汁原味的繼承下來 事實證明 有些事物不做改變 才是上策
  3. Nov 1, 2021
    10
    It is like reading a well written book, only better thanks to the nice animations! Must play for people who like good stories or played theIt is like reading a well written book, only better thanks to the nice animations! Must play for people who like good stories or played the original 30 years ago. Expand
  4. May 23, 2021
    8
    These games will probably be a bit love or hate for a lot of people as their rigid and obtuse nature can be off putting but if your willing toThese games will probably be a bit love or hate for a lot of people as their rigid and obtuse nature can be off putting but if your willing to put up with some head scratchingly confusing progression road blocks and a distinct lack of gameplay then these are some incredible stories to check out.

    From that description it sounds like there's not much to like but you'll find yourself weirdly compelled to move forward thanks to the plots and the odd sense of satisfaction when you best the game at its confusing little battles of whit. Well worth checking out for something different and great stories.
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  5. Jul 10, 2021
    8
    After 30 years of being locked in Japan, Nintendo has remade and released the Famicom Detective Club games stateside giving a chance to tryAfter 30 years of being locked in Japan, Nintendo has remade and released the Famicom Detective Club games stateside giving a chance to try their only murder-mystery visual novels to date. These games (made by the creator of Metroid) were a wonderful ride with beautiful visuals, an amazing soundtrack that is worth pausing to jam out to, and two incredible stories filled with twists and turns all the way to the very end. Each journey tells a very different type of story, this one a series of mysteries and several murders along the way. Both hint at supernatural elements, overturn theories you may have come with along the way, and save the biggest plot twists for the final hours. Never at any point were these games predictable, and even if you can guess some things, you can never guess everything and it's a great feeling.

    These games are not perfect, as they're very faithful remakes that sometimes make the greatest challenge of the game just trying to play it. You'll have to mash the same prompts over and over, check random things, then try prompts again... It's frustrating, and sometimes finding a guide is the only practical solution. But even with those frustrations aside, seeing the groundwork that would inspire games like Phoenix Wright was an absolute joy, and a must play for fans of murder mysterious that keep you on the edge or your seat, visual novels that seemingly come to life with flawless uses of the environments, or really anyone who wants to experience a lost piece of Nintendo history, these are definitely worth picking up as a bundle. I'll always remember my time with these games fondly, and I'm certain I'll find myself listening to the soundtrack on more than one occasion.
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  6. Aug 8, 2021
    7
    6.5 - Haven't finished it because it barely kept my interest. Although it is a pretty solid point and click. Hotel Dusk/Last Window is better,6.5 - Haven't finished it because it barely kept my interest. Although it is a pretty solid point and click. Hotel Dusk/Last Window is better, but if I had to recommend FDC, I'd probably say give it a shot. Expand
  7. Jul 2, 2022
    0
    this game is not good. really bad and repetitive gameplay with awful music.

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