News Article

European Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Release Given Some Hope

Posted by Andy Green

Level-5 CEO says something is in the works

One title many 3DS owners have been yearning for in the West is Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, which has been out in Japan since November last year. The game features two characters that have a proven track record in the Western market so many believe it will one day make it to Europe and North America.

However, as the months have gone by, people have started to lose faith in its eventual localisation, but a glimmer of hope has now emerged.

At the recent Japan Expo in France, attended by Nintendo Town, someone asked Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino whether the game would make it over to Europe, to which he said (translated from French):

Something is in the works, but I can't talk about it today. Please be patient.

While this answer was explained with a French perspective in mind, this would cover the whole of Europe as a result.

The localisation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destines was recently given the green light by Capcom, meaning 3DS owners will get the opportunity to to play the title later this year. Level-5 has a decent record of localising games so we would like to think Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will make it over at some point, though based on the distribution of the upcoming Ace Attorney title, it will most likely find itself in the eShop.

Do you want Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney to be localised? Let us know in the comment section below.

Thanks to Sam for the tip!


From the web

Game Screenshots

User Comments (39)



Maestr0 said:

Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here, Please come here....



Mattiator said:

Even if the reviews haven't been the kindest, I'd still like to see this one make it over to both Europe and North America.



LAA said:

Good News!
If there was any good time to release it, it'd surely be by end of this year, with Ace Attorney coming back to 3DS in autumn and the last Layton I think near the same time, would be the perfect opportunity to release it while these are fresh on our minds.



Undead_terror said:

I don't play either games but why wouldn't they release it over here? there is a big fan base, there is land out of Japan with people on it!



Newtwo said:

While I have only played the first layton game and never played a ace attorney game, I hope this gets released worldwide for the people that want to play it.



DualWielding said:

please buy Dual Destinies as soon as it is released, I know some people are mad is going to be digital only but I'm pretty sure AA vs. PL localization chances rest on on Dual Destinies selling well



Jonny said:

Professor Layton - Massive mainstream seller
Phoenix Wright - Cult sensation

How is it not already over here?



PuzzleMaster7 said:

Since PL 6 will not be available until 2014 in NA, it would make since if they localized it sometime later this year.



Zach777 said:

Why is NA lacking in recent days? Is it th fact that Iwata is now in charge? Reggie has failed us all... Where are the games, chunky? I thought your body was ready but is seems out of shape to me.



BigDaddysPizza said:

Oh......... COME ON LOCALIZE IT!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry for freaking out. But I want it so bad....
I keep throwing money at the screen and nothing happens!



Shambo said:

It was one of the earlier 3ds announcements, one of the reasons why I -and probably many with me- wanted the 3ds at launch. So they OWE it to us, all of us, everywhere! This and Time Travellers! PHYSICAL GAMES PLEASE!



Stuffgamer1 said:

If this hits Europe and not America, it's one more irrefutable point in favor of banning region locking. NOBODY is going to convince me this game is "obscure."

@ferthepoet: If I have money by then, I definitely will.

@One-Winged-Pit: Hold on there, dude. They haven't even announced the price yet. Even so, you have to remember that they don't expect this game to sell very well...that's why it's digital-only in the first place. If you boycott it because it's digital-only, you're only making things worse for yourself and every other American fan of the series.



MagicEmperor said:

If this game doesn't hit the States and the UK, then it's safe to say society is doomed. Slight exaggeration, of course.

This game is the number one reason I bought a 3DS back in 2011. Just frickin' confirm it already, Level-5/Capcom. PLEASE.



SCAR said:

They were probably waiting for it to sell well in Japan before bringing it to other regions.



Beta said:

@One-Winged-Pit No, we would've lost because the game sales would be terrible because we refused to buy it and now they will just have an "excuse" (although, it's their own fault for not listening) and we won't see another of those risky games ever localised. Also, one more thing, I heard they would make it cheaper than usual retail games this way, so don't give up hope just yet. I mean, didn't Code Princess not get a retail a release but a cheaper digital version? If I remember correctly, it was around 20 quids.



One-Winged-Pit said:

@Beta Well I am American so a little different for me, Code of Princess did get a physical release. Plus a digital only release is inexcusable when Nintendo has yet to make an account system. Sure keeping saves is a huge step in the right direction finally but there is still the matter of the money.



Beta said:

@One-Winged-Pit Yeah, I know how you feel. Every time I go buy something from the eShop I'm always worried about what would happen if my 3DS goes bye-bye and losing everything. But I'm gonna be honest and say that I'll still buy this, especially if they do as they promised and make it cheaper because they don't actually have to upset retailers this way.



unrandomsam said:

Capcom realises that in that they cannot lose in this case by making it digital only.

(They increased their worldwide revenue loads last year - I think at least 50% - but their policies are annoying the hell out of lots of people). The people playing Capcom games don't have the same attitude as those buying EA games I don't think and eventually it will start effecting them.

The stuff I want from Capcom is the Ducktales remake / a new Ghost's and Goblins game / Maybe a Megaman X or another 2D Bionic Commando. But what happens with this will set the stage of things to come.

(I am disillusioned by how awful the PC port of Dungeons & Dragons - Shadow over Mystara is. My PC version of Bionic Commando Rearmed for some reason cannot be run any more.)



Omenapoika said:

Yes please now level-5!
I'm even considering buying a japanese 3DS and this is the one and only thing hat keeps me bugged about region locking!
Don't leave us fans in the dark :E



ToxieDogg said:

If it's localised (and I really hope it is), I just hope it gets released in both Europe and the US as well, and it's not another case of 'Region locking strikes again!'

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...