Mystery Visual Novel With Ghost Detective Headed To Nintendo 3DS

By Sato . March 27, 2014 . 4:33pm

The Nintendo 3DS is getting another mystery visual novel. Arc System Works have more to offer in the genre with Ghost Detective: Shida’s Ayakashi Case Book for Nintendo eShop. (Or, as it is called in Japan, “Mononoke Detective”.)



The above is a look at the game’s first trailer, where you’ll play as the detective Shida Mori, who will be investigating ayakashi (a collective name for yokai that appear above water) cases with his partner and fiancée Shiho Kitakitani. The two are accompanied by Shida’s assistant, a charismatic cat named Shiro, who has shapeshifting abilities.


The game is set in the Taisho era at the capital of flowers, where mysterious incidents have been ongoing. Shida has inherited the title of “Ghost Detective” from his grandfather.


Similar to most games that involve detective work, you’ll be solving cases by talking to numerous characters and collecting items as evidence, which can be found using the 3DS touchscreen.



Your goal is to seal the “Mononoke,” but in order to do so, you’ll need to find its “true name”. Doing so won’t be an easy task, as you’ll be required to find clues that will lead to the kanji spelling of its name, which you’ll get from clues scattered across the game.


Ghost Detective: Shida’s Ayakashi Case Book will be released on March 26, 2014 through the Nintendo eShop for 3DS for 800 yen.

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  • ThatGuy3190_7

    Inb4 obligatory localization request comments. No, really, please localize this.

    • tomarwan

      Don’t worry, Visual Novels became popular recently, So there is a high chance that it will be localized.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        depends, for this, it’s higher bcos of ark system works, for the other, nope

        • hng qtr

          That’s debatable, they already published and seemingly co-developed some VN’s for the japanese eShop but we never saw these in the west.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            but some VN did got localized by them

    • Renaldi Saputra

      if that’s by ark system works, chance of localization is higher

  • Ghost detective made me think of ghost trick and the premise of finding out the true identity makes me think of 99 spirits. Two of my favorite games haha. Combining them means a day one purchase for me! (That’s of course if it gets localized)
    I’m tossing money at my screen and it isn’t working…

  • Sigfried Silverblade

    Seem interesting. Gotta keep this one in mind.

  • Guest

    Sounds like a promising setting, this will remain in my memory…

  • Lumi

    Localization of the puzzles is totally doable, look at 99 spirits!

  • Suicunesol

    I think what I like best about this is how the game takes place in old modern Japan. Just past the Edo period.

    • You might love the Sakura Wars series then; Taishou period, but steampunk mecha strategy RPG.

  • Fox

    I saw this headline on Twitter and immediately thought: GHOST TRICK!!!!!

    So now I won’t even try to learn anything about this game, simply out of spite.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I love the Taisho era!

    “Doing so won’t be an easy task, ask [sic] you’ll be required to find clues that will lead to the kanji spelling of its name”

    Well this is never getting translated…

    • Renaldi Saputra

      aksys might do it as this game is by ark system works
      ans aksys tend do give more chance to their VN genre

      • mikebrand83

        Gah! I normally just ignore typos on teh interwebs, but this is getting a bit ridiculous.

        It’s not “Ark System Works”… The name is “Arc System Works”.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          sorry, but I’ve got used into Ark System instead of Arc System.. maybe Ark and Arc is just more or less same

  • fairysun

    Hoping for cameo appearance from BlazBlue or Guilty Gear.

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