Famicom Detective Club Review: 30-Year-Old Mystery Games Still Standing

Famicom Detective Club Review: 30-Year-Old Mystery Games Still Standing

MoreMore than 30 years after their original releases in 1988 and 1989, both Famicom Detective Club games have received modern remakes on Nintendo Switch. I had never played either game before, but I went into The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind with nothing but high expectations. These games are an early example of a genre that’s been everlasting: mystery visual novels.

I absolutely love detective games. My earliest gaming memory involves me playing Detective Barbie until the disc could only be classified as trash. I took that game with me (PlayStation 1 included) on every extended trip; I moved it from room to room, house to house. It was a constant in my life that I had fully forgotten about … until now.

Oddly enough, playing Famicom Detective Club somehow hit that nostalgic spot for me, despite this being my entry into the series. I wasn’t sure why at first, but then it clicked. This was just like Detective Barbie: The Mystery Cruise, the game that introduced me to the genre and started my decadelong journey into detective games.

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