Fans had all sorts of theories about what we'd see in the presentation. A trailer for the upcoming Phoenix Wright VS Professor Layton, for sure. Maybe an English translation of Miles Edgeworth 2. (That one was more of a desperate hope than a real theory.) Most likely the announcement of a new game, either Miles Edgeworth 3 or Ace Attorney 5. After all, Mr. "I wrote Miles Edgeworth 1 and 2" has been talking about his desire to work on Ace Attorney 5 for a while now, and he's currently assigned to an "unknown" project.
Before the Tokyo Game Show, a Japanese gaming magazine ran an article on Phoenix Wright VS Professor Layton and...hmmm...what's the best way to phrase this?
The magazine article was the entire 30 minute presentation.
Don't get me wrong, the article was pretty cool. But the presentation was pretty much unnecessary to everyone who read the article. They didn't announce any new games or show any new trailers or screenshots or anything. Kind of a letdown.
So what did we get out of the magazine article?
- Seven or so screenshots of PW VS PL. They're okay, I guess. As we've seen before, most 3DS screenshots look pretty bad, with clunky 3D models. They should really just run the game in 2D mode and use those as screenshots.
- Voice actor info! The Professor Layton voice actors will be the same as always. Meanwhile, Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey will be voiced by the people who play Phoenix and Maya in the upcoming Phoenix Wright movie.
- We learned that the crossover was more of a corporate decision, not a personal decision. In fact, the game was in development for a while, before they told the executive producers of both series about it.
- On the one hand, it looks like this is a normal Phoenix Wright game, notwithstanding the fact that it takes place about 400 years ago. They've got a courtroom trial, an innocent defendant, and a smug prosecutor all ready.
- On the other hand, it looks like this is not a normal Phoenix Wright game. Instead of courtroom trials, you have "mob trials", which are more disorganized. Then...why have we seen so many courtroom scenes?
The next time we hear about this game is when Level-5 (the Professor Layton company) has their big press show, which is about a month away. They claim that they're going to have a playable demo of the game, and they'll probably mention how Professor Layton fits into the whole game, because right now, it looks like he doesn't.