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News: There's Hope for Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Outside Japan

There's Hope for Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Outside Japan

Another mystery to investigate

The thought of seeing two of gaming's greatest minds face-off in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is the reason we get out of bed in the morning, but when it was revealed that Ace Attorney Investigations 2 wouldn't come Westward some were worried that future mental mastery wouldn't make it out of Japan either. Now...

News: Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call Gets EU Release Date

Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call Gets EU Release Date

DS owners rejoice

There is some good news for Professor Layton fans in the EU with confirmation that the series prequel, Professor Layton and the Last Specter, now has a confirmed release date of 25th November in UK and Europe. It will launch with the alternate title Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call. The game will have been out in Japan for just shy of two years when it arrives, so good..

News: Professor Layton's Last Specter Out in October

Professor Layton's Last Specter Out in October

London Life mode revealed

There's something inexplicably thrilling about getting a new game, but how about getting two new games in one? We bet you're giddy already. The next announcement might just tip you over the edge: Professor Layton and the Last Specter is coming to North America on 17th October and contains a bonus game. Layton's had bonus games before of course, but nothing on this scale..

News: Nintendo Gets Around to Releasing Inazuma Eleven in UK

Nintendo Gets Around to Releasing Inazuma Eleven in UK

About time

In January, Nintendo did something unusual: it accidentally released a video game. A small number of copies of DS football RPG Inazuma Eleven from Level-5 deftly dodged the tackles of Nintendo's distribution system and scored a few goals with customers before Nintendo blew the half-time whistle and the error was corrected. Now the game of two halves is properly coming to the UK, with a..

News: Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Yasumi Matsuno's Gaming Skills Have Reached Level-5

Just the right kind of experience

This week's issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu contains an interview with Yasumi Matsuno, a former staff member at Square Enix who now finds himself under the employment of Professor Layton studio Level-5. As translated by Andriasang, the video game designer with acclaimed titles such as Vagrant Story, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy:..

News: Nintendo: Inazuma Eleven Not Officially Launched in the UK

Nintendo: Inazuma Eleven Not Officially Launched in the UK

Stock released "in error"

Our British copy of Inazuma Eleven arrived recently, flying in the face of general wisdom that the game isn't yet available in the UK. Since then we've been in contact with Nintendo UK, who have been able to clarify the situation. Robert Saunders, Nintendo's head of communications, confirmed that the game has not officially launched in the UK, but that a small number of..

News: Proof that Inazuma Eleven Really Is Out in the UK

Proof that Inazuma Eleven Really Is Out in the UK

Update: Nintendo speaks!

The Inazuma Eleven saga continues. Launched in Europe on January 28th, the game's been absent from the vast majority of retailers, causing many sites to speculate the game isn't available. In fact, a Nintendo customer service representative told N-Europe: Unfortunately, this game has been delayed slightly within the UK. We should have further information available about..

News: Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle to get Daily New Puzzles

Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle to get Daily New Puzzles

Level-5 really is outdoing itself

Fans of the Professor Layton series should by now be familiar with Level-5's commitment to providing post-release content in the form of new puzzles, and the upcoming 3DS instalment isn't about to break that habit. Previous games in the franchise have provided new puzzles which could be downloaded on a weekly basis,...

News: Level-5's Time Travelers to Materialise on the 3DS

Level-5's Time Travelers to Materialise on the 3DS

Shots accompany a company announcement

Level-5 sure knows how to tease, doesn't it? First there was the rather cryptic announcement that a new game had started development. Then there was the webpage that contained a single piece of artwork that only raised more questions than it provided answers. When will we actually get some kind of solid details on the mysterious suspense title Time Travelers?..

News: Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton Team Up on 3DS

Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton Team Up on 3DS

Dream match never ends! And so on

Get ready to pit your wits against two of the smartest characters ever to grace a Nintendo handheld: Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton are set to match up on 3DS. Officially called Professor VS Gyakuten Saiban, at the moment very little else is known, but it'll apparently be a combination of crime mystery and...

News: Ni No Kuni Trailer Shows Stunning Animation Chops

Ni No Kuni Trailer Shows Stunning Animation Chops

Dream collaboration looking fantastic

Since we reported that Ni No Kuni is coming to North America we've kept an eagle eye on the team-up between legendary animators Studio Ghibli and Professor Layton powerhouse Level-5. Now Tokyo Game Show has given us a new animated trailer to gawp at, and gawp we must. There's no in-game footage shown, but there is a giant cat wearing a crown, so that should..

News: Level 5 Draws Ni No Kuni to North America

Level 5 Draws Ni No Kuni to North America

Inazuma Eleven on the way, too

A combination of Professor Layton-developers Level-5 and Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli sounds like a winning mix, and Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi (or "Second Land: The Jet-Black Mage") is certainly shaping up to be another strong addition to the DS's stable of RPGs. Level-5 President Akihiro Hino has some good news for Western gamers..