Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Professor Layton Series

The Nintendo 3DS is being released today, and everyone expected it would immediately sell out.  Those hopes may have been premature, because I went by my local GameStop, and they still had plenty of copies left for sale.

I think the reason the 3DS hasn't sold well yet is because none of the 3DS games available for purchase seem very...good.  I mean, from what I hear, the best game they have is a flying sim.  Plus, the GameStop I went to has a strict "we won't let you see what the 3D looks like unless you buy the system" policy, which makes me suspicious that the 3D doesn't really work all that well.

In Japan, the 3DS sold a lot of copies, and their best-selling game was Professor Layton 3DS.  See, now that's a game people will buy.  Why don't we have cool launch titles like that?

Oh, right, because we're two years behind Japan.  For those of you who don't know about this, check out my handy-dandy recap of the Professor Layton series:

Game TitleReleased in Japan?Released Elsewhere?
1. Professor Layton and the Curious VillageYesYes
2. Professor Layton Rides a Choo-Choo TrainYesYes
3. Professor Layton Goes Back to the FutureYesYes
4. Professor Layton and the Specter's FluteYesNo
5. Professor Layton RPGYesNo
6. The Professor Layton MovieYesOnly in the UK
7. Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (3DS)YesNo
8. Professor Layton VS Phoenix WrightComing This Year!Probably Never.

Right now, the big question outside of Japan is, "When is Game #4 going to be released?" No announcement has been made, except for "eventually".  But as the 3DS marches on, and the Layton series drags behind, it's starting to look more and more likely that they'll just skip over the DS titles and go straight to translating the 3DS game.

There are a few lesser-known games in the series, such as the cell phone game, the other cell phone game, the special edition of the first game, and the really short bonus story for the second game.  People are most excited about the first cell phone game, Professor Layton RPG, made by one of the companies responsible for Mother 3.  It was so popular in Japan that they bundled it with Game #4.  They're going to do the same thing here...right?  Right?

...We're so not getting Game #4.  And Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright is going to have something horrible in it, like an awkward kiss between Maya and Layton, or Phoenix Wright and Luke becoming drunken hobos together.  And the non-Japan release date won't be until 2013.  I'm depressed now.


Anonymous said...

Don't be depressed!

dr.david-dan said...

Well if you just stay depressed and depressed all the time you will lose the best things that this life can give you! You just need to know that every thing had his time. Just wait and do anything until 2013 will come. Don't be depressed. Be happy of what do you have not what you don't have.

Zlandael said...

The 3DS is in a pretty good state for me. I don't know what's up with Gamestop. There was a demo unit in the Best Buy I went to and there were only a few people, so there's nothing to be strict about. Although, 3D could harm the eyes of the young children...

I bought Nintendogs too with my purchase. I regret nothing.

And don't worry, let's hope Professor Layton doesn't get too popular like Hotel Dusk or Trace Memory. The Europeans got the sequels. I am disappoint.

Anonymous said...

The 3DS is Awesome. i love that i got that system. it's Truely in 3D, no glasses. the 3DS comes with a Depth Slider, so little kids could probably still use it, if it's set to 2D. i didn't get a game with it though. my mom wouldn't let me :( so i have to wait another week until she gets paid to go get a 3DS game. but i'm truely happy with the 3DS. Lets see the NGP beat the 3DS. :)

Winky Go Moo said...
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Winky Go Moo said...

OBJECTION! (Sorry, I just had to say it.)

I highly doubt that they'd skip over Specter's Flute just because Mask of Miracle is for the 3DS. Doing so would take part out of the trilogy, making it a trilogy no more and confusing players who didn't look up all the spoilers online when the next one came out. You can't take a game out of a series like Professor Layton. You just can't.

I've thought about the dates for the last few games and come up with the estimate that it takes about 1 1/4 years or so for the next game to release. So my guess is that Specter's Flute will come out either late this year or early 2012. I'm waiting for the E3 to know for sure.

If they don't release any info there, THEN I'd be worried.

So, I'm not sure about the RPG or crossover, but I think that if we wait just a little longer, we'll get a release date for Specter's Flute (or Flute of Malevolent Destiny; whatever the new title is). :)

Justin said...


well, if the world does end in 2012, this game will never come out...jk. the world won't end in 2012. although i did like your betting idea. i do think it is rather lame that people other than Japanese people can't get these awesome games until a good number of years after they are released in Japan. Maybe we should all learn Japanese just so we don't have to wait 5 years for these games.


dr.david-dan said...


The world can end in 2012 only if the volcanoes from Italy and Stonehenge will explode lava and hot lava-rocks. Or if somebody who have access to the atomic bombs room will detonate them then will really be the end of the world!!! But don't be discouraged, those things will need a lot of time to be implemented.

www.jordankelly said...

u r awesome

Alex C. said...

Do Case Closed, for the Wii. It's Japanese, aaaaand an awesome anime mystery series :)))

Diana said...

I'm super depressed about the crossover... and I just found that Miles Edgeworth 2 will probably not be making an appearence outside of Japan either.
*sits down and cries her eyes out*

Jigglyfluff said...

Good news- Last Specter is coming out this fall. TAKE THAT! (Sorry, I'm an AA fangirl.)

Anonymous said...

I love professor layton games so much, i am seriously gonna buy Last Specter the first day it comes out. And E3 announced that Last Specter is coming to the US sometime from late August to September. I'm really excited! and why is it called Professor Layton rides a choo-choo train? xD

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