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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.

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.

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.



UK Charts: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Slips Back To 16

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK chart-track. There are only two Nintendo 3DS games within the top 40 individual charts, but two brilliant minds of law and logic are still a force to be reckoned with. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright slips back ten places to number 16, sandwiched in between South Park and Grand Theft Auto V. And also moving back ten places is Yoshi’s New Island, which we reviewed and gave a score of 6/10, placing at 30.

In a surprising re-entry within the all-formats chart, Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U comes in at the back of the pack at number 40, sitting just behind Pokemon Y. Below you will find the top 40 individual chart, with Elder Scrolls Online for PC claiming the top spot this week.

  1. (NE) [PC] The Elder Scrolls Online
  2. (02) [XBO] Titanfall
  3. (01) [PS4] Infamous: Second Son
  4. (05) [360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  5. (07) [PS4] FIFA 14
  6. (08) [360] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  7. (10) [360] South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  8. (04) [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  9. (13) [360] FIFA 14
  10. (11) [360] The LEGO Movie Videogame
  11. (17) [360] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  12. (24) [PS3] FIFA 14
  13. (27) [PS4] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  14. (14) [XBO] FIFA 14
  15. (18) [PS3] South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  16. (06) [3DS] Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
  17. (26) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
  18. (21) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
  19. (25) [PS3] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  20. (15) [360] Dark Souls II
  21. (12) [XBO] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  22. (09) [PS3] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  23. (16) [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  24. (29) [PS4] Battlefield 4
  25. (RE) [PS3] Gran Turismo 6
  26. (RE) [360] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  27. (32) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
  28. (23) [PS3] The LEGO Movie Videogame
  29. (RE) [XBO] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  30. (20) [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island
  31. (28) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  32. (19) [PS3] Dark Souls II
  33. (33) [360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  34. (NE) [PS4] Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Complete Edition
  35. (RE) [360] WWE 2K14
  36. (31) [PS4] Thief
  37. (36) [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall
  38. (RE) [360] Battlefield 4
  39. (38) [XBO] Thief
  40. (03) [PC] Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls

UK Charts: Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Cracks Top 10, Enters At Number 6

This week’s UK charts are now in courtesy of GFK chart-track. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney leads the way for 3DS games this week and debuts at number 6,  meaning there are no objections from the Great British gamer public this week. The meeting of two brilliant minds isn’t quite enough to deter gamers from purchasing PlayStation 4′s Infamous: Second Son, however, which places at the top of this week’s chart.

In other 3DS news, Yoshi’s New Island slips down four places from 16 to 20, but still retains a good position in the chart. Though it’s sad news for Pokemon X and Y as both games slip out of the top 40 entirely. Here’s the top 40 individual chart in full.

  1. (01) [PS4] Infamous: Second Son
  2. (03) [XBO] Titanfall
  3. (NE) [PC] Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls
  4. (02) [PS4] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  5. (08) [360] Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  6. (NE) [3DS] Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright
  7. (15) [PS4] FIFA 14
  8. (11) [360] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  9. (04) [PS3] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
  10. (07) [360] South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  11. (12) [360] The LEGO Movie Videogame
  12. (05) [XBO] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  13. (19) [360] FIFA 14
  14. (18) [XBO] FIFA 14
  15. (10) [360] Dark Souls II
  16. (06) [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  17. (32) [360] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  18. (14) [PS3] South Park: The Stick Of Truth
  19. (13) [PS3] Dark Souls II
  20. (16) [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island
  21. (39) [PS3] Grand Theft Auto V
  22. (17) [360] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  23. (21) [PS3] The LEGO Movie Videogame
  24. (RE) [PS3] FIFA 14
  25. (RE) [PS3] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  26. (34) [360] Grand Theft Auto V
  27. (23) [PS4] Call Of Duty: Ghosts
  28. (26) [PS4] Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  29. (27) [PS4] Battlefield 4
  30. (NE) [360] MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame
  31. (20) [PS4] Thief
  32. (33) [XBO] Forza Motorsport 5
  33. (28) [360] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  34. (29) [XBO] Battlefield 4
  35. (RE) [PS4] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  36. (25) [PS4] Killzone: Shadow Fall
  37. (RE) [PS4] The LEGO Movie Videogame
  38. (35) [XBO] Thief
  39. (30) [360] Thief
  40. (09) [PSV] Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
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Akihiro Hino Talks Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright In Special Message To Fans

For all those Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright fans, Level 5′s Akihiro Hino has recorded a special message talking about what European 3DS owners can expect within the game. Hino says that the development team has taken great care into developing a unique storyline where these two professionals meet. He hopes the game will express a “movie-level” quality to it. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney will land on the European 3DS on March 28.

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Check Out The Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Teaser Trailer

Nintendo has uploaded a short teaser trailer for upcoming courtroom-drama-come-mystery game Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Fans are bound to keep their eyes peeled for clues after seeing a horrific car crash  unfold in the teaser, and that’s why both Layton and Wright need your help to solve this mystery. European 3DS owners can jump straight into the action when the game releases on March 28.


Nintendo Reveals Professor Layton VS. Phoenix Wright European Box Art

Nintendo has revealed the European box art for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright on the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo UK issued a tweet earlier today to spread the joyous news and show off the splendid box art, which is similar to Japan’s box art back in 2012.

The courtroom-drama-come-mystery game is set to keep us on the edge of our seats come March 28, when it’s released in Europe. Will you be teaming up with the Professor and Ace Attorney to solve the mystery of the Labyrinth City come Spring? Let us know in the comments below.

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Will Launch March 28 For Europe

Along with today’s news for Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8 and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, European Layton and Phoenix Wright fans will be pleased come next March. Nintendo of Europe has announced that Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney will launch March 28, 2014, for the Nintendo 3DS. Sadly, Nintendo of America didn’t mention a release date, but it will release some time in 2014.

Nintendo 3DS & Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney Rule Japan

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The Nintendo 3DS has once again had a fantastic week in Japan selling an incredible 167,408 units. The Nintendo 3DS’ closest competitor was the PlayStation 3, which only managed to sell 29,809 units. Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney for the Nintendo 3DS also fared well, and entered the Japanese all-formats chart at number 2. Here’s the Japanese software and hardware charts.

  1. [PS3] 2nd Super Robot Wars OG
  2. [3DS] Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney
  3. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Super Deluxe Edition
  4. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  5. [3DS] Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Magnagate and the Infinite Dungeon
  6. [PS3] Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  7. [PS3] Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Subtitled Edition
  8. [3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2
  9. [PSV] Fate/Stay Night -Realta Nua- (Kadokawa Shoten)
  10. [PSV] Atelier Totori Plus: The Alchemist of Arland 2
  • Nintendo 3DS: 167,408
  • PlayStation 3: 28,809
  • PSP: 15,941
  • PlayStation Vita: 11.066
  • Wii: 5,550
  • Xbox 360: 1,217
  • PlayStation 2: 812
  • Nintendo DS: 457

Here’s The First Sixty Minutes Of Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright

Tilmen from Nintendomination has kindly uploaded the first sixty minutes of the long-awaited Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright for the Nintendo 3DS. The crossover adventure puzzle video game joint-developed by Level 5 and Capcom came out in Japan today. There’s currently no word regarding when we should expect the game in the West.