EU eShop: Select Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Titles 30% Off Starting Thursday

Nintendo of Europe has delivered the weekly eShop update, detailing exactly which titles can be purchased from Thursday, February 20. The biggest bargains arrive in celebration of the latest collaboration between two the brightest minds in handheld gaming – Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask are on offer for an alluring 30 per cent off in the 3DS eShop this Thursday. Both games are on sale until February 27, with Phoenix Wright priced at £13.99/€17.99  (usually £19.99/€24.99) and Miracle Mask on offer for £27.99/€29.99 (usually £39.99/€44.99). Other additions in the European eShop can be found below, which includes Donkey Kong’s latest venture.


  • Weapon Shop de Omasse (Level-5) – £7.19 / €7.99
  • Retro City Rampage: DX (Vblank Entertainment) – £7.99 / €8.99
  • Kung Fu Rabbit (Neko Entertainment) – £4.49 / €4.99
  • Renegade (NES Virtual Console) – £4.49 / €4.99
  • Bella Sara 2: The Magic Of Drasilmare Demo (Bigben Interactive) – Free

Wii U

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) – £39.99 / €49.99
  • Ice Hockey (NES Virtual Console) – £3.49 / €4.99

Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask Brings An Eerie New Mystery To Nintendo 3DS

As Halloween revelers get ready to don their masks and celebrate all things eerie, Nintendo is introducing a spellbinding new tale that delivers mind-bending tricks and entertaining treats for fans of portable gaming. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is now available for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL hand-held systems, adding a new installment to the fan-favorite Professor Layton series.

Players can immerse themselves in a mystery-rich storyline that includes new characters, a shadowy masked villain and hundreds of fun puzzles that can be solved using the Nintendo 3DS touch screen. Whether they’re veterans to the Professor Layton series or first-time sleuths, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will give all types of players an enthralling mystery to solve. What’s more, puzzle lovers can look forward to 365 additional downloadable puzzles starting Oct. 28 – players will receive one per day for a whole year, at no additional cost.

As they explore the game’s colorful settings, players will encounter a wide range of characters, many of whom hold valuable clues that can help solve puzzles and advance the mysterious storyline. The puzzles in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask are more integrated into the storyline than ever before, letting players delve deeply into the Professor’s world. A mix of logic, visualization, spot-the-difference and other puzzle types will keep the action lively as players draw ever closer to revealing the masked villain’s identity. The additional 365 downloadable puzzles significantly extend the game’s replay value.

“This Halloween, we’re giving fans a spooky mystery that offers portable gaming fun all year round. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the most immersive Layton mystery yet, and it’s the kind of uniquely entertaining, brain-teasing game that’s simply not available on any other system.”

– Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.

Each time a player is presented with a puzzle in the game, the basic scenario is displayed on the Nintendo 3DS system’s top screen. Players then use the stylus on the touch-controlled lower screen to write, draw or drag objects as needed to solve the puzzle. Hint Coins can be collected and redeemed to provide help when players are stuck on a puzzle or elusive clue. There’s also space to write notes to help get through tricky puzzles, with the ability to use multiple pen colors. Players are rewarded for solving puzzles with Picarats, the in-game puzzle currency. The more accurate they are, the more Picarats they’ll receive. The game also includes minigames for an added layer of fun without the pressure of getting through the main storyline.

Shoppers can purchase the packaged game as usual at retail locations nationwide. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of the purchasing method, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask sells at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Also, Club Nintendo members who download and register this game before Jan. 6, 2013, will receive a free download code for the Donkey Kong: Original Edition game. Donkey Kong: Original Edition has never been seen in the U.S. and is not available for purchase.

Penelope Cruz And Sister Puzzled By Professor Layton

Nintendo has teamed up with actor Penélope Cruz and her sister, Mónica Cruz, to promote another game for Nintendo 3DS. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask features 150 puzzles, and there will be a total of 365 additional puzzles to download for free throughout the rest of the year and 2013. The puzzle game launches in North American retailers and the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on October 26th.