No London Life for you

North American gamers, you hold the trump card on this one; your copies of Professor Layton and the Last Specter contain the bonus RPG Professor Layton's London Life. Anyone who buys the European version of the game — titled Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call — will not get this extra mode.

Reader SoulSilverIV contacted Nintendo customer service to ask about why the minigame was cut and received this response:

The bonus role-playing mini-game called Professor Layton's London Life will not be available to European fans. Localising software remains a high priority for Nintendo; however, in this instance it would have significantly delayed the European launch of the game. We took this decision as Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call is bursting to the brim with brand new puzzles and a surprising and captivating storyline. We wanted to make sure our European fans could get their hands on the game this year.

If it was a choice between including the RPG and releasing the game next year or dropping the bonus mode and publishing Layton before Christmas, do you think Nintendo made the right decision? Would you rather wait until next year and get the total package or unwrap Layton's latest on Christmas Day? Let us know your thoughts below.

Thanks to SoulSilverIV for the tip.