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Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ⊟
Professor Layton and Ace Attorney games take place in the same universe now. As soon as I started playing Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, I started pondering the implications of this crossover, and my delight in that fact continued throughout the whole game. 
Here’s what it means: there is a version of Earth much like ours, except… England is a collection of old-timey, cobblestone-laden villages where swordfights are common, people look like Tintin characters by way of Muppets, and absolutely everyone is obsessed with puzzles.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the USA is Japan, kind of, but also kind of not – a land of yokai villages, mystics, and ramen carts, all rendered in oversaturated color; it’s a land where everyone is shocked at every piece of new information, and everyone screams at all times. There is one judge.

The merging of these two universes into one is not really explored in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright – what do those people look like to each other? Does Phoenix Wright notice that Layton’s head is a cylinder? However, I was delighted to find a great deal of meaningful interaction between the characters, as they pair up, split up, and reform in teams to solve an overarching mystery.
The story is distinctly Laytonesque in tone: the Professor and his apprentice Luke find themselves in a quaint town with a huge, and seemingly supernatural, mystery: witches exist and can cast spells, and everyone’s lives are dictated by a Story written by an enigmatic figure who lives in a creepy tower. As always, Layton’s strategy for unraveling the mystery involves solving a bunch of logic puzzles, which works… somehow.

At the same time, Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey are drawn into the town, where they set to work defending alleged witches in court. In a way, this takes Wright out of its comfort zone – talking about magic spells is important testimony, and sketches replace crime scene photos – but it’s not too far afield for him either, as he’s in a legal system where prosecutors are rock stars and defense attorneys are a joke.
While the gameplay remains almost entirely segregated between courtroom chapters and investigation/puzzle chapters, the characters cross-pollinate in fascinating, fan-pleasing ways. Maya Fey solves puzzles with Luke – and yes, there’s a pointing animation when she solves one. Everybody crowds next to Phoenix in court. Professor Layton and Phoenix point dramatically at contradictions, in unison. Layton even gets his own courtroom exclamations (“Have a look!”) Slowly, the gameplay styles begin to coalesce just a bit; a puzzle in a courtroom battle, for example. But only a bit.
The crossing-over is made all the more pleasant by the fact that, right from the beginning, the characters like each other. Perhaps it’s due to the genteel nature of the Layton characters. I expected a game with “vs.” in the title to be full of unnecessary conflict between heroes, but they trust one another and recognize each other’s talents. This allows the story to get on with its business without a bunch of agonizing getting-to-know-you between people we already know.
While, narratively, the game is in the Layton camp (but darker! Pretty dang dark!), I think the most interesting innovations to the mechanics are found in the Ace Attorney segments. Rather than interview each witness one at a time, you’re presented with a whole group of them at once, which both speeds up the trial process and allows you to watch each witness’s reaction to the others’ statements! The witnesses tend to come from the Layton crowd of muppety weirdos, too, and watching them flip out on the witness stand is a treat. You can also use Hint Coins gathered from the map to help narrow down your choices and guide you to statements you should press. Though the cases are on the easier side, there were still times when I wasn’t sure exactly when the game expected me to present what I knew I had to, and the hints drove me along.
I can hardly think of two franchises that would work as well in combination as these two. Both series feel like reading a good book… with a series of logic puzzles throughout. 
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Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney ⊟

Professor Layton and Ace Attorney games take place in the same universe now. As soon as I started playing Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney, I started pondering the implications of this crossover, and my delight in that fact continued throughout the whole game. 

Here’s what it means: there is a version of Earth much like ours, except… England is a collection of old-timey, cobblestone-laden villages where swordfights are common, people look like Tintin characters by way of Muppets, and absolutely everyone is obsessed with puzzles.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the USA is Japan, kind of, but also kind of not – a land of yokai villages, mystics, and ramen carts, all rendered in oversaturated color; it’s a land where everyone is shocked at every piece of new information, and everyone screams at all times. There is one judge.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright out next week ⊟
August 29, to be exact! The U.S. launch comes only 22 months after the Japanese release, and five months after its European/Australian debut. It’ll come out to the eShop and retail stores — preorder it for $30 here. Art via iwo.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright out next week ⊟

August 29, to be exact! The U.S. launch comes only 22 months after the Japanese release, and five months after its European/Australian debut. It’ll come out to the eShop and retail stores — preorder it for $30 here. Art via iwo.

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Layton, Ace Attorney artbooks coming from Udon ⊟

Yayyy, Udon Entertainment will be publishing English versions of the Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies artbook and the Professor Layton handbook, which, by the way, had better have a puzzle on every other page or somebody done goofed.

Also the artbook for Gungnir, one of Sting’s Dept. Heaven strategy games? How intriguingly random. I am down with a reality in which a company can survive translating and printing artbooks for Gungnir in America.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright now $30 ⊟
Cool, a price war on this unreleased product! Both Best Buy and Amazon have dropped Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to $29.99, in advance of its August 26 release. That’s $10 off the list price for this game that, I’ll note once again, is not out yet.
If you already ordered it from Amazon at the exorbitant, wildly inflated price of $32, the pre-order price guarantee has you covered! Image by Maki.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright now $30 ⊟

Cool, a price war on this unreleased product! Both Best Buy and Amazon have dropped Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney to $29.99, in advance of its August 26 release. That’s $10 off the list price for this game that, I’ll note once again, is not out yet.

If you already ordered it from Amazon at the exorbitant, wildly inflated price of $32, the pre-order price guarantee has you covered! Image by Maki.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright for $32 ⊟
Two whole universes in one game for just $31.99! What savings! Both GameStop and Amazon have discounted pre-orders of the crossover courtroom game, due August 29.
This seems fairly unusual for a Nintendo-published game, but what isn’t unusual about the situation with this game… Image via Apolloterran, deal via @wario64.
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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright for $32 ⊟

Two whole universes in one game for just $31.99! What savings! Both GameStop and Amazon have discounted pre-orders of the crossover courtroom game, due August 29.

This seems fairly unusual for a Nintendo-published game, but what isn’t unusual about the situation with this game… Image via Apolloterran, deal via @wario64.

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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟
Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 
Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.
Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!
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Professor Layton meets Phoenix Wright August 29 ⊟

Although I heard they might have actually met a few months ago in Europe… 

Nintendo’s publishing this one! I had to look it up to make sure, because there are so many logos on that box.

Oh, and just a heads up, we’ve given our Upcoming Game Releases page a long-needed update with today’s announcements! Put in your preorders!

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Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney's EU launch trailer ⊟

While we’re sitting around like a bunch of chumps in the U.S. waiting for a release date, Europe and Australia already have this game in their hands. Here’s what we’re missing out on. :o(

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Oh yeah, new Professor Layton is out today ⊟

l’ve been sleeping on this one, probably because I’ve never been into the series too much and my attention is on the upcoming Ace Attorney crossover anyway. But it’s out today in North America if you want to get up on some Azrans and their legacies.

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Ace Attorney 5, Layton cheap in Europe starting Thursday ⊟
I’m a big fan of all eShop sales, even in regions I don’t live in. European 3DS owners will be able to pick up Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for €29.99/£27.99 and Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies for €17.49/£13.99, from Feb. 20 through 27. 
Dual Destinies was far from my favorite Ace Attorney but I still enjoyed it. And Miracle Mask is great! Image via Mirusagi.
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Ace Attorney 5, Layton cheap in Europe starting Thursday ⊟

I’m a big fan of all eShop sales, even in regions I don’t live in. European 3DS owners will be able to pick up Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for €29.99/£27.99 and Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies for €17.49/£13.99, from Feb. 20 through 27. 

Dual Destinies was far from my favorite Ace Attorney but I still enjoyed it. And Miracle Mask is great! Image via Mirusagi.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy out Feb. 28 ⊟

The good thing about waiting four months after the European release is that there will be lots of good English-language FAQs. 

N-not that I need help with puzzles or anything.

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy out in Europe ⊟

Man, this is some Layton right here. It’s somehow epic and… low-key? Nothing else hits that combination in quite the same way. Too bad this is the last mainline Layton game, although I guess we can look forward to Layton vs. Ace Attorney and whatever this is.

Perhaps that’s why I never really think about the series unless I happen to be playing one of the games or see a trailer… at which point I feel like they’re just my favorite things. Since I’m in America, I’ll see you in 2014, Professor…

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What is going on with the Professor Layton series ⊟

The next Professor Layton entry will release for 3DS, iOS, and Android, and it looks nothing like previous games. At its press event this morning, Level-5 announced that Layton 7 will take the series in a new direction. According to Duckroll’s translation, the new title offers a role-playing puzzle game in a miniature 3D city where you control various characters.

[Update: Some have noted that this might not be a mainline entry, and that the 7 in its title might refer to the number of characters you can play as.]

If this turns out awful, the smartphone versions will likely catch all the flak when people look for what went wrong. I’m already disappointed this looks like a generic 3D iOS/social game rather than something like, say, London Life.

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