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11:45 AM on 04.17.2013

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to hit 3DS in 2014

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is set to arrive on North American shores in 2014. After arriving in Japan back in late February, the sixth entry in Level-5's series of puzzlers is slated to arrive in Europe someti...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 03.28.2013

The Ballad of Sexy Layton (and Sexy Luke)

There isn't much to say about this that isn't better expressed through song, but there is one interesting piece of trivia to share. Sexy Luke is played by Capcom Fan Art legend and former Boondocks artist [name withheld per request]. That's pretty awesome. Other than that, I don't have much to say. Just watch the video.

Jonathan Holmes

10:45 AM on 02.25.2013

Send off Professor Layton in Azran Legacies

The newest full trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, the last game to star Professor Layton has dropped, and it's definitely worth watching -- whether you're fan or not. I have to admit, I got a little nostal...

Chris Carter





5:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Professor Layton's final journey gets translated trailers

We haven't been doing a good job of keeping you cool cats abreast of the final chapter in the Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legeacies. That is a shame, considering the 3DS puzzle-venture is set ready to take ...

Tony Ponce



Review: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
Review: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Matthew Razak

When Disney started re-releasing all their classic animated films in 3D because they like money and their classic films are really worth watching again in the theater, I wrote this review of the 3D release of Beauty and the Beast for Flixist. I bring this up for two reasons. The first is so that you're fully aware that I'm recycling a joke here, and the second is because that's exactly what Professor Layton and the Mysterious Mask is.

This is Professor Layton... in 3D. Do you like solving puzzles, charming art work, quirky characters, and ridiculous mysteries? Then you like Professor Layton and you're going to like him in 3D. If you don't enjoy those things, you've probably figured that out by now anyway. Having him in 3D is most likely not going to change your opinion of him unless the prospect of depth really makes you reconsider your love of puzzles.

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12:00 PM on 10.29.2012

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be my first

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be my very first Professor Layton. This game, which I've learned is the fifth in the series, has just launched for the 3DS. With the huge following this franchise has gathered, ...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 10.25.2012

Watch the Cruz sisters in this new Layton ad

If celebrity endorsements are your thing, then there's a fresh new video for you to check out starring the Cruz sisters, Mónica and Penélope (sans the Mario outfit from the last ad).The gist is Penelope is shoot...

Chris Carter



Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing
by Steven Hansen

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask launched with the 3DS. In Japan, anyway. We’ve had to wait a bit longer. Over a year and a half. You know what they say: Rome wasn’t localized in a day. Thankfully, Miracle Mask is indeed coming to the 3DS in just a couple of weeks for those of us whose Japanese is non-existent.

Set a year after the previous game in the series, Miracle Mask takes place in The City of Miracles, Monte d'Or, a gorgeous, European-style town in the throes of a celebratory carnival that is interrupted by the appearance of The Masked Gentleman whose apparent magic powers terrorize the city. Are you a bad enough dude to deduce the culprit and explain away his mystical magics?

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TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland photo
TGS: Professor Layton enters a winter wonderland
by Allistair Pinsof

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is labeled as the sixth and final game to follow Hershel Layton. The game starts in a cozy, winter village and follows the crew on a globetrotting adventure after Layton and co. embark on an airship.

It looks and controls the same as the other 3DS Layton games, which is to say, very very nice. I really like the snowy town setting that makes the game a contender for a new winter time classic. So, yeah, there isn't much to say about it. It certainly doesn't seem like Hershel will be going out with a bang, but the gorgeous visuals and relaxing music in the demo suggest that this won't be a forgettable last chapter.

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TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces photo
TGS: Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright join forces
by Allistair Pinsof

Professor Layton and Ace Attorney are unique within the puzzle/adventure genre, but both share enough in common with each other to make for a perfect crossover game. Not since Marvel vs. Capcom and Kingdom Hearts have dedicated fans (nerds) of two major franchises had something to collectively geek out about.

The slow-paced, narrative-driven puzzles, stylish atmosphere, and quirky characters of both games could be interchangeable. Level-5 and Capcom realize this and are trying to please fans of both franchises, but my time with the game left me wondering if this is one title bringing the two together or merely a two-game combo pack.

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TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect photo
TGS: Professor Layton's iOS debut isn't what you'd expect
by Allistair Pinsof

The idea of developers dedicating resources to mobile versions of franchises is something I’ve long been against, but have slowly been warming up to. So, they might as well make something good.

Layton Brothers: Mystery Room isn’t going to buck any trends. The production values are a significant step down, it safely distances itself from the main series entries, and it caters to a different audience. But, it still manages to contain that same Layton charm and approach that makes the series so endearing.

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10:00 PM on 09.19.2012

TGS: New trailer for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

Direct from TGS 2012 comes this new trailer for upcoming 3DS game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney! And it has actual gameplay! When I first heard Capcom and Level 5 were teaming up to make this game, I thought I was dreami...

Chad Concelmo



PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask photo
PAX: Hands-on with Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
by Chad Concelmo

As great as the Professor Layton games are (they are really great!), the last four released on the Nintendo DS have been very similar. While the art direction, puzzle-solving gameplay, and surprisingly emotional stories have been stellar, none of the last games really did anything new and shocking to move the series forward.

With Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (the series' first entry on the 3DS), things are definitely changing. And, if the demo I got to play at PAX was any indication, these changes are definitely for the better.

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9:00 AM on 08.30.2012

Level-5 will bring three new, unannounced games to TGS

Update: Professor Layton VS Ace Attorney has been added to the line-up and there are now three mystery games (one falling under the "family" category). After a weak showing last year, next month Level-5 will bring the goods t...

Allistair Pinsof





7:00 AM on 08.29.2012

New Professor Layton for 3DS is Layton's final adventure

This morning's Nintendo Direct presentation brought about an announcement for a new 3DS Professor Layton title, which Siliconera has translated as Professor Layton and the Legacy of the Super Civilization A. Level-5's Akihiro...

Dale North



Destructoid's most wanted DS / 3DS games of 2012 photo
Destructoid's most wanted DS / 3DS games of 2012
by Chad Concelmo

This entire week, we have covered our most anticipated 2012 games for the 360, PS3, Wii, and PC. Now it's time for Tony Ponce and I to enter the hardcore, baby-making world of portables. With the Nintendo DS going out with a bang and the 3DS just starting to find its footing, 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Nintendo handhelds!

As much as we love our Nintendo DSes, we are really looking forward to what 3DS games will be releasing in the future. After a slow start in 2011, the 3DS is picking up some major steam going into the new year. Like the DS before it, once the system builds up some critical and commercial momentum, the classic games from first and third parties alike will start piling up. Exciting stuff!

But what specific DS and 3DS games in 2012 are we the most excited about?

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