By Griffin McElroy on Aug 07, 2013 08.07.13
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.
By Emily Gera on Jul 09, 2013 07.09.13
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.
By Kevin Gifford on Nov 28, 2012 11.28.12
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...
By Kevin Gifford on Nov 21, 2012 11.21.12
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...