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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney UK Review

Professor Layton and Luke Triton team up with Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey to unravel the mysteries of Labyrinthia. But whispers of witchcraft permeate the town and fear of the Great Witch Bezella’s uprising has never been more prominent. The battle between legal and logic over magic and fantasy is both dramatic and compelling until the Story’s End.

Level-5 and Capcom bring together the meeting of two brilliant minds in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in their first crossover game – and it’s utterly enthralling. Inspired by children’s classic fairytales, Professor Layton and his trusty sidekick Luke find themselves in the curious town of Labyrinthia after meeting Espella Cantabella, a young girl on the run from witches. While there’s no wardrobe in sight, both the professor and Luke discover Espella’s book – Historia Labyrinthia – and are swallowed into the pages à la The NeverEnding Story.

Meanwhile, Phoenix and Maya are in London for a spot of legal action, but are weaved into Espella’s story and Labyrinthia rather by accident. But when all four meet in the town, they must work together to uncover the Storyteller’s secret.

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Layton and co. look on in awe at the Storyteller’s Parade, where everything he writes shapes the future of the town.

For fans of both the Ace Attorney and Layton series, there is a pleasing balance of courtroom drama and puzzles scattered throughout the storyline. Movement and investigation follow the Layton design and format, with 70 puzzles to solve and 200 hint coins to find, while the witch trials track the Ace Attorney design with a few tweaks. However, due to the nature of the storyline, the witch trials are often lengthy and are far less frequent than the brief but well-paced investigation process, leading to somewhat lopsided gameplay.

Newcomers will be overjoyed at the variation in puzzles, though fans of Layton may find the difficulty level too easy, with most solvable in a short amount of time. Hidden puzzles or ones offered by characters are much more diverse in difficulty, with Puppy Postal Patrol, Unusual Music Box and Chalice Challenge outshining in design. Court room drama gives players more scope to make mistakes and the addition of using Layton’s hint coins is well utilised, offering a selection of answers rather than pointing out the obvious.

The wacky, off-the-wall characters are still present for Ace Attorney fans, where outrageous conversations provide much amusement for otherwise serious scenes, plus the exceptional voice acting brings depth and distinct differences to their personalities. Capcom and Level-5 have blended together wonderful drama, combined with a thrilling story full of intriguing twists. And the emotion between the characters, melting seamlessly with the game’s soundtrack, brings a lump to the throat rather unexpectedly.

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Labyrinthia’s Town Square bathed in oil lamp light with the Belfry looming over.

In terms of aesthetic design, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is divine. The 3D works beautifully between the foreground and background images, with the medieval setting exuding in creativity. The design team appear to breathe new life into the mythical town and are at home in the fictional places, just as in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy. The art style between Capcom and Level-5’s franchises, at first, seem quite off-putting but begin to transform and mould in perfect harmony as the story progresses.

However, an unfortunate flaw in the game’s design arrives with numerous characters on-screen at once. While cross-examining testimonies, Phoenix can question a number of witnesses on the bench, but in doing so, the frame rate can drop considerably in both 2D and 3D. While it’s not a major fault, it does weaken the visual appeal of a near-perfect game.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a fantastic merge of two brilliant minds and, combined with a gripping yet fiery story, is also an absolute gem for the genre. Hopefully there are no objections from Capcom and Level-5 for a sequel.

9/10

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Super Mario Bros. 3 Gets New Virtual Console Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer for Super Mario Bros. 3. The NES classic, which originally launched over 20 years ago, is now available as a Virtual Console title on both Wii U and NIntendo. 3DS. The game features more than 70 courses and stars Mario and Luigi as they venture into seven worlds to defeat Bowser and the Koopalings. Super Mario Bros. 3 can be purchased from the Nintendo eShop for $4.99.

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International Tournaments Put The “World” In Mario Golf World Tour

When Mario Golf: World Tour launches for the Nintendo 3DS system on May 2, it will feature robust regional and worldwide online tournaments hosted by Nintendo, as well as custom tournaments that can be created by players.

All players who own the game and have a wireless broadband Internet connection can enter the Nintendo-hosted tournaments by simply checking their SpotPass notifications for upcoming and available tournaments, playing in the event and uploading their scores before the event deadline. Players can even monitor their progress by checking the leaderboards to see where they stand. Tournaments can be accessed in Mario Golf mode or using one of the entry machines in the new Castle Club. There will be a variety of different tournaments, ranging from larger competitions to smaller-scale events like longest-drive challenges, coin-gathering challenges or even speed golf.

Nintendo is also collaborating with Callaway Golf (a global golf gear manufacturer) to host its own series of special in-game tournaments that will begin on May 22. The tournaments will be activated using the SpotPass feature, and all players who participate will receive in-game digital Callaway Golf items such as golf clubs and golf balls, which will enhance the players’ stats when used by their Mii characters. Winners of all in-game tournaments – including the Callaway tournaments – are determined by the highest submitted score, and winners will receive in-game coins that can be used to acquire more gear in Toad’s Shop in Castle Club. Starting at launch, a schedule for select tournaments will be available at http://mariogolf.nintendo.com/tournaments.

In addition to tournaments, the Mario Golf: World Tour game rounds out its suite of online multiplayer features by letting players create public or private communities. Want to play a multiplayer match with only Birdo as a playable character? Want to limit the number of Ice Flower item shots players can use? Want to slow down the wind on golf courses like DK Jungle, Bowser’s Castle and Sky Island? By creating communities and private tournaments, players can customize every aspect of the multiplayer experience to form a vast amount of fun new challenges.

Players eager to tee off in Mario Golf: World Tour will get a chance to try the game before launch when a downloadable demo is released in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on April 24.

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Nintendo Offers Chance To Win Mickey Edition 3DS XL And Disney Magical World

Nintendo and Disney have teamed up for a hardware and software bundle giveaway. For a chance to win a Mickey Edition Nintendo 3DS XL system and the newly released Disney Magical World game, text the keyword “Magic” to 347639. Entries are limited to one text per day and a total of five winners will be chosen. The sweepstakes period ends April 27.

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Here’s A Good Look At The Ace Attorney Nintendo 3DS Collection (Video)

Prolific blogger NintenDaan has managed to get his hands on a Japanese copy of The Ace Attorney Collection for the Nintendo 3DS. The collection, which features the first three games, launched in Japan today, so hopefully that will make an impact on the Media Create charts. Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection features both English and Japanese language options. You can watch it, above.

 

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Bandai Namco Lists One Piece Unlimited World Red With A July Release

Bandai Namco have stated on their official product page that One Piece Unlimited World Red will be coming to US in July. The latest instalment of the Unlimited Series brings Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew on a brand new adventure with all new characters.

Set sail on a gripping adventure in the New World with the beloved Straw Hat Crew in One Piece Unlimited World Red. Dive into a wayfaring journey with fun-filled escapades, action-packed battles and powerful comrades in a whole new never-before-seen scenario. Play as members of the Straw Hat crew and progress through the episodic storyline with encounters against famous bosses like Rob Lucci, Caesar Clown, and more. Master a large variation of flashy combos and test your reflexes by pressing the right button at the right time to counter, dodge or otherwise interact with enemies. Enjoy endless playability by exploring the central town and taking on quests to assist the townfolk and gain more rewards and items.

Thanks, Retrogaminglord

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Renegade Kid’s Cult County Now Heading To 3DS

Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid has added the Nintendo 3DS as a platform choice for Cult County. The first-person survival horror game was originally due to launch on Nintendo’s current handheld, though disappeared as an option when the indie developer initiated its Kickstarter campaign.

In an update on the game’s Kickstarter page, Renegade Kid has shared delight in bringing back the 3DS as a platform choice, following an overwhelming amount of feedback from fans on Twitter. If Cult County meets its initial funding goal of $580,000, the Nintendo 3DS will join the Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PS Vita and Steam as a platform choice. With 16 days to go, just under $40,000 sits in the funding pot – you can donate by visiting the game’s Kickstarter page, here.

 

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Nintendo Will Bring Five Of Its Hottest Games To WonderCon This Weekend

Nintendo has unveiled it will be showing off five of its hottest games at WonderCon later this week. Budding Mario Kart 8 racers will be able to get their heart rates pumping with playable tracks at the event, while both Nintendo 3DS gems Kirby: Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour will be playable before release as well. The annual convention will take place in Anaheim, California, between April 18 and 20. Below is a list of the Nintendo games playable at WonderCon.

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Rune Factory 4 Has Sold 200,000 Units In Japan

Marvelous AQL has announced a milestone mark for Rune Factory 4 and has sold 200,000 copies in Japan. The simulation game has also had equal success in North America where it faced numerous stock issues at retailers. But even uttering the name of the title in Europe is quite possibly a sore spot for fans following the game’s cancellation.

However, if you’re lucky enough to own a Japanese 3DS and haven’t yet purchased Rune Factory 4, it’s prime time to do so. With the milestone mark achieved Marvelous AQL are launching a two-week sale for the game, where it will be discounted to half price. Starting April 23 until May 7, Rune Factory 4 will be available to download in the Nintendo eShop for 2,685 yen compared to the usual 5,369 yen. Plus if you are fluent in Japanese, you can check out Marvelous’s video above in celebration of the achievement.