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Start solving Professor Layton's puzzles early in these new screens

For the last few months, we've had no choice but to pore over screens and scans of Professor Layton and the Curious Village that contain nothing but indecipherable kanji. But no longer! This morning, Nintendo issued the first batch of English language screenshots from Level 5's professorial puzzler.

Rather than showing off the game's beautiful manga art, all three depict some of the puzzles we'll encounter when the game hits North America in February, and Europe ... heck, whenever.

Check the new shots out in the gallery below, or go past the break for a clip from The Office that we couldn't help but be reminded of upon seeing the wolf/chick puzzle to the right.

Gallery: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

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Reggie chats up Wii-to-DS downloads, downloadable puzzles in Professor Layton


Finally, we get some kind of information regarding downloads for our DS from the Wii. Reggie took part in an interview recently with the NY Times to discuss the success of the Wii and DS. Both are doing well, but thankfully this piece focuses more on the DS.

Reggie first goes into Wii to DS downloads, which will come via the Everyone's Nintendo Channel. Reggie doesn't go into exactly when we'll be able to mess around with the new Channel, so sadly we're still a bit in the dark. Light at the end of the tunnel comes in the form of downloadable puzzles in Professor Layton. With the game coming in February, we're assuming it'll arrive sometime around then.

[Via Go Nintendo]

Layton's got a puzzle to solve


This trailer shows the good professor put on his puzzle-solving hat as he cracks the case in Professor Layton and the Devil's Box. Frankly, we don't care much about which puzzle the man is solving (some stuff with tiles and keys), but care a great deal as to where it's being solved. Like, right here in the United States. Where we live. So we can go buy the game.

Professor Layton and The Charming Introductory Sequence



Will our shameless pimping of all things Professor Layton ever stop? Never! Or at least, not until we get our western mitts on all of the games that make up Level-5's adventure game trilogy. Until that happy day arrives, we shall continue to bounce around in eager anticipation like demented children overloaded on tartrazine, pausing only to gorge ourselves on footage of the games in action.

The video above is the opening sequence to Professor Layton and The Devil's Box (the second entry in the trilogy, which released to a rapturous reception in Japan last week), and is jam-packed with all the lovely, understated anime stylings that have characterized the Prof's adventures to date. We want!

Japan gobbles up Professor Layton as we watch with jealousy (sales)

While we still wait for our first foray into the Professor Layton series, folks in Japan are enjoying the sequel to Professor Layton and the Curious Village, while Level 5 enjoys some massive sales. In its first day, Professor Layton and the Devil's Box is reported to have sold 200,000 copies in Japan. Not too shabby for first day sales at all (and by "not shabby" we mean "pretty damn awesome"). Considering that the current apple of Japan's eye (Dragon Quest IV) sold a rumored 360,000 copies on its first day, Professor Layton's sales seem pretty impressive.

All this news, of course, is only more torture for those of us waiting to play the first game. We know you feel our pain.

[Via Cubed3]

Professor Layton screens and art from the future


On the heels of the announcement of the third and final installment in the Professor Layton trilogy, Famitsu has provided us a peek at the forthcoming adventure through time. We've included a small sampling here, but there's a wide array available at the original site, from a couple of screens to concept art -- including a rougher sketch of the setting. It's like watching the game develop right before our very eyes!

Now if only we could slip through time and pick up the localized copy of the first game ....

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Professor Layton travels through time for trilogy wrap-up


While we wait (im)patiently for the first of the Professor Layton trilogy, the third and final installment was just announced in Japan. Professor Layton and the Final Time Travel, which has no firm release date yet, will be set in a dark, futuristic London, and will feature time traveling. With a title like that, who'd have thought?

Any Layton addicts out there might also be pleased to learn that the franchise is going to expand into other media. Guess those games must be good -- but those of us who aren't importing will have to wait until next year to find out.

[Via Bilingual Gamer]

Professor Layton and the Excellent Screenshots

We haven't even gotten the first Professor Layton adventure yet, and we're already seeing screens of the sequel. Professor Layton and the Devil's Box looks much like the first game, which is to say, gorgeously lush.

The game's scope is expanded from that of its predecessor: the professor and his student Luke have access to a train, which acts not only as a vehicle for traveling to multiple towns (or multiple Curious Villages, if you prefer), but is also the venue for its own puzzles.

These screenshots are best coupled with IGN's preview of the game, for the complete screenshot/description package. The Famitsu page has the same information, but in a less convenient language.

DS Daily: Your E3 winner

We didn't see much in the keynote, but plenty of delicious DS content appeared over the course of E3: Brain Age 2, Flash Focus, Professor Layton, Advance Wars 2, Contra 4-- the list goes on and on. It all looks nice! But us being gamers, and this being the Internet, we aren't comfortable with anything unless it's categorized according to arbitrary value judgments.

For that, we turn to you. Which game of the pack was the winner, in your mind? And, if it wasn't Contra 4, why not?

E307: Great while it lasted


... but all good things must come to an end, eh? It's always nice to wallow in the explosion of news that surrounds a trade show, and even the diminished E3 was no exception. Sure, for Nintendo fans, at least on the DS side, things started out a little slowly, but once the media hit, we no longer had anything to be disappointed about! So what was tops for DS owners? Here's the best -- according to us, at least.

Top E3 trailers:

  • Contra 4 -- After all our Contragasms, you knew we were going to say this!
  • Front Mission DS -- What can we say ... we're big fans of ass-kickery.
  • Brain Age 2 -- We know you'll probably disagree with us here, but we can't help it. We a) dig a good, brainy challenge and b) think the selection of games looks even better than before.
Less-discussed games we desperately want right now:
  • Professor Layton and all his mysterious locales -- Okay, we wanted this before. But it was mentioned in passing around E3, and now we're more rabid for it than ever!
  • Nintendo Magic -- Another game we weren't sure would head our way, but that just sounds like fun.
  • Advance Wars 2 -- The first is one of the best the DS has to offer, though it seems to rarely get a mention.
Worst trailer that should have been awesome:

Insecticide, hands down. Please pass us some Dramamine on your way out.

Biggest disappointment:

Probably the missing wi-fi for Mario Party DS. C'mon, Nintendo, slip it in there! We promise not to complain about friend codes for at least a week.

E307: Advance Wars 2, Professor Layton, and other games Nintendo forgot to mention

With so much emphasis put on The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and casual games during this afternoon's media briefing, Reggie neglected to mention a few titles that I'm sure gamers would've loved to have heard about. News of Advance Wars DS 2, for instance, was hidden in a European press release, dated for the fourth quarter. Freshly Picked - Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, starring everyone's favorite cosplaying fairy, was also quietly announced for this September 14th in the same report.

On the North American side, Nintendo revealed that it will be publishing Professor Layton and the Curious Village on December 3rd, the same day Super Smash Bros. Brawl is expected to hit store shelves. Two previously unannounced titles, Nintendo Crossword and Nintendo Magic, were also listed. Follow the link below to see what other first and third-party games are due for the remainder of 2007.

At last: Professor Layton coming to U.S., per EGM

Now, this is being reported as a rumor, but the mere mention of Level-5's Professor Layton trilogy gets us too excited for words. Since this game was first revealed, with its beautiful character designs and logic puzzles, we've been hoping against hope for an English translation, and Electronic Gaming Monthly intimates that it is probably going to happen.

Now we're going to be chewing our nails down to nubs as we wait for some hint of confirmation. We can't help it. We're adventure junkies, and the Studio Ghibli-esque look of the Professor Layton franchise completely had us at hello. If it all works out, the good Professor may even compete with a certain Ace Attorney for a place in our hearts.

And speaking of hearts -- in that same issue, there are a few other rumors worth mentioning. The first involves whispers of a remade Bonk game for both the DS and the Wii. The other is a little more cryptic: the next Kingdom Hearts will be a spin-off, and it's coming to a "hearty" console. Unless they mean "hearty" as in robust (which would probably indicate the PS3 or the 360), then this could very well refer to the DS, which certainly reaps a hearty profit every month, no matter where you are. And for good measure, it's available in pink. We'll ponder that one once we're done jumping up and down and singing the unofficial "Professor Layton is coming," song, which is really just us chanting that single phrase over and over until someone throws a paperweight at us.

Luckily, we're adept at dodging.

Details on the second in Professor Layton's trilogy

Just when we thought we had settled the issue of Professor Layton and the Townlike Area of Disputed Size (aka the 'Mysterious Village'), 1UP's preview of the second installment in the trilogy raises questions about the upcoming game's translated title. Thus far we've seen it written Professor Layton and Pandora's Box, but according to 1UP, it's the 'Devil's Box.' By any name, however, the first game looks incredible, and the second may be shaping up to be even better.

Some things in this second installment will be the same, such as the logic puzzles created by Akira Tago, and the Professor will again be accompanied by his assistant Luke. The story is where the second title really takes a turn. Instead of exploring -- you guessed it -- a mysterious village, the action in the second adventure revolves around a corpse, a train, and a strange box. Since the game already features a soft, retro look, mixing that with a traditional train-based murder mystery looks like a match made in heaven. Now if only we could get some localization news!

Already, screens from the Professor Layton sequel



They don't believe in wasting time over there at Level-5. The first game was just released in Japan, and not only do we have a sequel in the works for Professor Layton, but we're already seeing more images from the game. Yes, more -- we already saw a few when the sequel was announced!

We expect Professor Layton and Pandora's Box to have a firm release date by next week, and to be on shelves the week after. Okay, not really, but the sarcasm may not be too far off the mark. Check out a few of the pics after the jump. They're from scans, so may not be the best quality, but certainly good enough to see that the visuals are still uniquely gorgeous.

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Professor Layton will rock your socks

Now we feel justified for all those times we were jumping up and down over new details on Professor Layton and the Mysterious Town (that may be a Village). Chris Kohler had nothing but love for this import over at Game|Life; he's praised everything from the animation to the story to the game's logic puzzles. We're expecting his homage to the box art any moment now.

If you want a sense of the level of challenge in Professor Layton, Kohler's put up the text of a few of the logic puzzlers that pepper the game, as well as one of the trailers. We've added it here as well, just in case you missed it the first time around. Check it out after the jump, and we're sure you'll join us in keeping our fingers crossed for an English translation.

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