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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright trailer points all the fingers

A new trailer for Level 5's adventure game Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney shows the legendary puzzle-solver and renowned defense attorney teaming up. Both Layton and Wright are sucked into a mysterious magical tome alongside their respective sidekicks Luke and Maya Fey, where they meet a young woman accused of witchcraft. Phoenix Wright takes to court to defend her, while Layton tries to solve the mystery of Labyrinth City. The game features two modes of gameplay for its respective heroes: Professor Layton-style puzzle solving, and Ace Attorney-esque courtroom drama. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney hits Nintendo 3DS sometime in 2014.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney coming stateside in 2014

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will launch on Nintendo 3DS in North America sometime next year, the company revealed in a Nintendo Direct this morning. The mash-up, puzzle-solving title from Level-5 and Capcom launched in Japan last November. The two studios have been somewhat cagey about the game's westward localization; Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino said that "something was in the works" during the Japan Expo in France early last month. Nintendo did not reveal a release window more specific than 2014 during the Nintendo Direct presentation. Update: The title will also come to Europe in "early 2014," Nintendo announced during the European version of today's Nintendo Direct presentation.

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Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney may still see a Western release

Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has hinted at a potential localized Western release of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney during last week's Japan Expo in France. While the studio has yet to make an official announcement of a Western release for the title, Hino stated to those attending the event that "something is in the works, but I can't talk about it today. Please be patient." The game saw its Japan release nine months ago. The 3DS puzzle game received 35 out of 40 points from Famitsu magazine when it released in Japan late last November. We have contacted Level 5 for additional comment and will update when further information is made available.

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Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney trailer introduces a wizard and a burning city

A trailer released today for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, the upcoming franchise crossover from Layton developer Level-5, shows off characters, set pieces and plenty of Japanese dialogue. Check out the trailer above to see the dual stars and a supporting cast that includes a mysterious wizard-like old man and foreboding knights set against the backdrop of a sometimes-burning city. The game is headed to Japan tomorrow, Nov. 29, on Nintendo 3DS but hasn't been announced for other regions. For more on the mash-up, be sure to read our coverage of a recent interview with Level-5 CEO, Akihiro Hino, from the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

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What convinced the Ace Attorney writer to join forces with Level-5 and Professor Layton

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, the Nintendo 3DS crossover between Level-5 and Capcom's respective adventure game heroes, wasn't some crass money grab. The way Level-5 head Akihiro Hino and Capcom director Shu Takumi put it to Famitsu this week, it came out because Hino was really that much of an Ace Attorney maniac. "The Ace Attorney games were the ones I went to the most for inspiration when designing the first game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village," Hino said. "It was largely by default, because at the time, Ace Attorney was about the only real hit adventure game on portable systems. I made notes on how the game felt, and the surprising ways the story went, and I added my own originality to gradually mold Layton to what it was." The crossover, as the interview depicts...

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Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney offers a look at in-game puzzles

A new Japanese-language video of the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney shows off in-game footage of dialog and puzzles. The franchise mash-up from developer Level 5 is headed to Japan on Nov. 29. Check up Polygon's round-up of reviews from Japanese publication Famitsu Magazine here, along with an earlier trailer released during the Tokyo Game Show this year.

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Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney trailer features courtrooms and puzzles

A trailer released today for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, the upcoming franchise mashup from Layton developer Level 5, shows the game's dual protagonists solving mysteries with the legal system and with puzzles. Check out the trailer above to see the duo interacting in Japanese, both in and out of the courtroom. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is headed to 3DS consoles Nov. 29 in Japan. You can also check out another trailer, released at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this year, and read Polygon's roundup of reviews from Japanese publications here.

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Japan Review Check: Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Super Robot Taisen OG2

A recap of the most interesting games coming out soon in Japan, courtesy of the reviews section in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine. - Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney (9/9/9/8, 35 out of 40 points): The Nintendo 3DS adventure/puzzle crossover (written by Ace Attorney creator Shu Takumi) manages to score pretty high overall. "These two titles work in different directions," wrote one reviewer, "but the the setting and story skillfully weave them together and make them into a seamless experience. Attention has been paid even to little details, like how you can use Layton's hint coins in the courtroom segments. I'm also really impressed by how well the polygonal Ace Attorney characters turned out." However, Famitsu also admitted that this crossover sequel really doesn't add much...

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    • Publisher LEVEL-5
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