Level-5 has explained to Eurogamer that they are in an interesting position at the moment as they want to bring Professor Layton to Nintendo Switch, however due to the game’s unique play style they are having issues implementing it on the platform. The game would easily work in handheld mode, but it is when you put it in the dock that they are having difficulty envisioning how to play it. Here’s what Level-5 had to say:
“I played Zelda. I love the Switch. I think it’s amazing hardware. The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock… we’re trying to figure out how that would play into it.”
“That’s the stumbling block: when the Switch is docked, it works like a traditional home console, and you play it on your TV with a traditional controller setup. The Switch itself is unavailable to use as a touchscreen, as it is when played in handheld mode.”
“If we can get around that and figure out a way of doing it, definitely we’re looking into putting the next Layton onto the Switch,” Hino said.