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The Professor Layton series is consistent in the extreme; every game has a variation on the same plot, in a similar environment, acting as a vector for puzzles in the same style as previous games. There's definitely a formula. That formulaic nature almost forces me into reviewer cliches. "If you didn't like Professor Layton before," I might say, "there's nothing...

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Super Mario 3D Land breaks 5 million sold, Skyward Sword at 3.4 million

Nintendo elaborated on the "strong sales" for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land today, in its list of million-selling titles for the last nine months. The Wii adventure sold 3.42 million units worldwide, of which 3.04 million took place outside of Japan. That makes it the b...

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Best of the Rest: JC's picks of 2011

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective If you were interested in this game, but didn't buy it on DS because of faith that an iOS version would follow, I'm holding you personally responsible for the foundering sales of my favorite game of 2011. Live with that. This came out in January, and I still...

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Professor Layton 3DS to arrive in Europe next year

The Professor Layton titles traditionally take their sweet time heading across the continent from Japan to the EU, and the series' first 3DS entry, called Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle in Japan, is no exception. It arrived in the land of the Rising Sun last February, and hasn't been rele...

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The Joystiq Show - 010: Now Playing NY Comic Con

Now Playing is back with a double-dose of games this week. JC talks about the latest Professor Layton, but the real love in this episodes comes with Dungeon Defenders. The mobile game has arrived on consoles and PC, and it has more to offer than you might expect-- just listen to excitement in A...

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter review: Mystery in Misthallery

The Professor Layton series is consistent in the extreme; every game has a variation on the same plot, in a similar environment, acting as a vector for puzzles in the same style as previous games. There's definitely a formula. That formulaic nature almost forces me into reviewer cliches. "If y...

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A brief look into Professor Layton's London Life

If Nintendo released Professor Layton's London Life as a standalone DS game, we'd be totally into it. As this trailer shows, the Brownie Brown-developed RPG offers an alternate take on the Layton world, with sprite-based characters, a top-down, explorable London, and a purported 100 hours of ga...

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Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call spooks Europe on Nov. 25

Professor Layton and the Last Specter, arriving October 17 in North America, will hit European shores on November 25 -- with a slight name alteration, as Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call. Less a tweak and more a reduction in the European version is the absence of Professor Layton's Lond...

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Catch up with Professor Layton before the Last Specter arrives

This trailer for the latest Professor Layton game, the Last Specter, gives us a refresher on the story so far -- including characteristically hilarious moments, like a super-serious cutscene transitioning into a puzzle about stacking hamburgers. Here's the confusing bit: since Last Specter i...

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter includes bonus RPG, dated this October (along with Tetris: Axis for 3DS)

While maybe not technically a 3DS game, the October 17 release date for Level 5's Professor Layton and the Last Specter is of more interest to those of us at Joystiq HQ than the latter half of this post. The fourth game in the popular series, Last Specter also includes, as a North American "exclu...

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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva coming to a DVD player near you

Viz Media, the anime localization super-giant responsible for bringing both Bleach and Naruto to North America, will continue its cultural conquest of the western continent by releasing Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva in North American markets. The film takes place between the events of ...

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