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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask review

When I first heard that Professor Layton was coming to the 3DS, I had but a single thought. The victory finger? Will that be in 3D? I'd quite like to see that in 3D.

Well - spoiler alert! - the victory finger is in 3D, and it's every bit as good as I had hoped. Tackle a puzzle, pick a solution, and then wait for the professor to point at you in triumph. The victory finger! Right in your eye. My count of enchanted objects has only been enhanced by this new dimension. Seriously, the first time it happened I almost ducked. Almost.

The game beyond the victory finger is pretty good too, now that this Japanese 3DS launch title has finally washed up on our shores. Structurally, very little has changed when it comes to the lovely mixture of story-led adventure game and logic puzzle compendium fans expect, and the new presentational twists offer a harmonious blend of the old and the new. The 3D character models add a touch more life to the Layton regulars as they wave their arms around and run hands through their hair, perhaps, but they also capture the hook-noses, comb-overs and strabismus squints of the supporting players surprisingly well.

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 3DS release date revealed

3DS puzzle adventure Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will arrive in Europe on 26th October, publisher Nintendo has announced.

You won't even have to leave your house to buy it. It's the latest 3DS offering to arrive for digital download on the same day it hits shop shelves.

Miracle Mask is the fifth title in the Layton series, which has now sold an impressive 13 million copies.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 release date announced

New Super Mario Bros. 2 release date announced

Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven and New Art Academy coming too.

3DS platformer New Super Mario Bros. 2 launches in Europe on 17th August, just two days before its release in North America.

At the Nintendo Direct Conference this morning several other games were announced for Europe as well.

Chief among them is Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which will come out this October in Europe. This marks the dapper detective's first foray on 3DS. A new free puzzle will be added to the game every day for 350 days after launch. A new trailer is below.

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Prof Layton Spectre's Call release date

Prof Layton Spectre's Call release date

Fourth DS puzzler gets November launch.

Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call will launch across Europe on 25th November, Nintendo has announced.

But European gamers will miss out on 100-hour RPG London Life, an extra mode found in US and Japanese copies of the game.

It features characters from the Layton series and is developed by Brownie Brown, the Nintendo-owned studio behind GBA cult classic Mother 3 - which also never arrived on European shores.

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Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch line-up

Nintendo 3DS Japanese launch line-up

Plus battery life details.

Nintendo has announced the Japanese launch line-up for its upcoming 3DS handheld and posted detailed specs for the handheld that reveal its battery life.

The biggest of the launch games are probably Nintendogs+Cats and Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle, with the rest of the list made up of third-party titles.

Here's the line-up and pricing courtesy of Famitsu:

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New 3DS Professor Layton footage

Mask of Miracles sets the bar.

It's only fitting that one of the best selling series on DS, Professor Layton, should lead the charge on 3DS. And today we're offered a fresh look at the upcoming 3DS Professor Layton game, the Mask of Miracles.

Fifth Professor Layton game announced

Fifth Professor Layton game announced

Miracle Mask due in Japan autumn 2010.

Level-5 has announced the fifth game in its wildly successful series of Professor Layton puzzle adventures. Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will slot into Japanese DS consoles in autumn next year.

The announcement was made at a launch event for fourth game Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute, according to Andriasang. Europe and North America have yet to receive the third instlament, The Last Time Travel, but initial sequelPandora's Box came out earlier this year.

Miracle Mask is set in a magical town called Casino City which was created by the wish-granting Mask of the title. Level-5 showed artwork depicting a night-time circus parade with a giant inflatable clown. According to Famitsu, there will be significant changes to the game's systems.

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