Those of you waiting for Professor Layton’s first entry to the 3DS in America can breathe a sigh of relief.
Nintendo is confirming that Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle will be released in the United States this November, with Europe getting their release one month earlier in October. The latest in the puzzle-solving adventure series was the bestselling game at the Japanese launch of the 3DS, selling nearly 120,000 copies on its first day of availability. This will be the fifth game in the series and the second in a new prequel trilogy that began with Professor Layton and the Last Specter. If you haven’t yet played any of the games and enjoy a whimsical story while solving multitudes of puzzles, you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl. All told, the series has sold over 12 million copies and has consistently rated high among critics and fans alike.
Nintendo came under a bit of fire this week for announcing paid DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2, a series first for the beloved plumber’s franchise. Level 5 is going to buck that trend in a big way. Beginning with Mask of Miracle’s release day and continuing every day for a full calendar year, a new puzzle will be available for download. For free. Are you listening, Capcom? Square-Enix? Electronic Arts? THIS is how you win over old and new fans.
The only thing we need at this point is news on an English language version of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. The game was not shown anywhere at this year’s E3, but with the 3DS finally picking up sales and beefing up its lineup of quality software, I hope Capcom can decide to pony up the money for localization. Resident Evil 6′s sales alone will probably pay for it.