Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Announced for the West

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Fans of the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney franchises were in for a treat during this morning’s Nintendo Direct. Announced during both the European and North American directs, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be coming to the West next year. This comes after announcements and eventual releases of both Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (coming this November to Europe and 2014 in North America) and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (coming later this year to both regions).

The game stars Professor Hershel Layton, attorney Phoenix Wright, Luke Triton, and Maya Fey as they attempt to solve the mystery of Labyrinth City. Use Layton’s puzzle solving skills to examine objects, explore environments, and converse with characters. Then, take to the courts with Phoenix Wright as you put your trial skills to the test in this literal witch hunt. You can also find hint coins during the puzzle sections to help you during these trial segments.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has already been released in Japan, securing positive reviews and over 300,000 in units sold. No official release date has been given for either region (other than 2014). Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Check out more from this morning’s Nintendo Direct by clicking here.

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  • Xanedis

    I can already see fans getting excited about this bit of news. And it is good, there is no going around that fact.

  • Kyle Emch

    Friggin’ finally!

  • James Best

    ‘Bout time it got an announcement. I can’t wait for this game and Azran Legacy.

  • TheGamerGeek128

    I was beginning to worry it wasn’t coming.

  • Magnumsally

    I believed

  • Brandon Ramirez

    guys…..yet another victory of localiztion…..AMERICA FUCK YEAH!

    • James Fox

      We must fight to bring “Daigasso! Band Brothers P” to the USA

  • can’t wait

    How pathetic is it we’ve had to wait for Nintendo to make this announcement, for a game made BEFORE Phoenix Wright 5, while all Capcom has to say is taunting fans like this:

    Thanks Nintendo. Fuck you, Capcom.

    • Tara

      The game wasn’t even made by Capcom. This was entirely on Level 5. The only thing Capcom would have had to do is say “Yes” or “No”. And to be honest, I doubt they’d say “No” to royalties they didn’t have to do any work for.

      And Level 5’s US office is pretty small, I don’t know anything about their UK offices, though. I don’t know who’s gonna be handling localization on this… so technically the delay is just that they don’t have the staff to be jumping on a ton of projects at once, I think.

    • Crapcom as usual

      Then why was Capcom acting like they’re the ones holding the localization leash? With insinuations that if there’s not enough fan support then no game for you?

      Taunting your fans for no reason is pretty much what Capcom is now.

    • Tara

      Honestly, with the wording they’ve used, all that’s really implied is that they have no control over it. Yes, it’s near identical to the wording used when they say they have no control over what Capcom of Japan declares for them…

      However in this case they truly had little to no push on this. Capcom was more or less saying the fans need to ask for it, but they failed to say that it was Level 5 that needed asking.

      … that said, Capcom IS pretty much a broken record on the “you gotta ask for it” thing. Our pushes with them mean relatively little. I recall reading somewhere that Level 5 has like… 10 regular staff, and they’ll partially outsource some of the localization as needed. (They effectively do things the same way XSEED and Atlus do it.) Then the actual Level 5 staff tweak it for the final draft.

      Anyway… on Capcom’s community managers… at this point, I feel things must be very chaotic for them. I would not be surprised if they don’t even know what games are their own, and I’m sure the “You gotta ask for it if you want it” is some kind of canned response the executives said to give out for everything. Which is completely idiotic. I bet if I went to Capcom’s forums and asked for something they have no involvement in, they’d tell me that. I get the idea the community staff is probably just as tired of this sort of thing as we are, most of the Capcom US staff seem to be pretty good folks, but I have the feeling they’re on their last nerves, too. The problem are the CoJ execs that are completely out of touch with the fans. Longtime staff like Christian Svensson don’t just leave for no reason. They leave because it’s hit the fan, and they’re no longer able to put up with it. I’m entirely sure they were cutting staff, but for him to volunteer to go tells me that he was done.

  • James Fox

    Can we PLEASE rally to demand Nintendo to bring “Daigasso! Band Brothers P” (3DS) to the United States?
    Why? The Band Brothers/Jam With The Band series NEVER comes here, It’s time to stand up and change that

  • Devonodev

    I cheered in my seat as I watched the Direct, huzzah