Akira Tago, the puzzle designer behind the Professor Layton series, passed away on 6th March at 90 after falling victim to interstitial pneumonia.
Five weeks until Christmas, and the majority of the season's release schedule has now been emptied upon us.
The conventional wisdom is that everyone hates conventional wisdom. I saw a poll recently that asked the readers of a political blog, "Do you think the average voter is adequately informed?" Ninety-one per cent of respondents answered "no." Later in the survey came the question, "Do you think you yourself are adequately informed?" You already know the punchline: ninety-two per cent said "yes."
It's odd, but our democratic society has a near-universal disdain for average ways of thinking. We love to imagine ourselves as unconventional, above the fray. That fantasy is what drives the Layton series, which celebrates the power and pleasure of a non-average intellect.
Professor Layton and the Last Specter (that's the U.S. title - more on that nonsense later) is the fourth game in the series. As usual, the professor's Holmesian adventures bring him to a charming village populated by simpletons. Sure, they're eccentric and often loveable characters, clever in their own way, but still doltish on the whole. They'll buy into pretty much any urban legend, just because it's what everybody else in town believes too.
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.
A full 100-hour RPG called London Life will be included in the US version of forthcoming DS puzzler Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call, but European gamers miss out, Nintendo has confirmed.
Level-5 is considering porting Professor Layton games to the Wii U.
Previously titled Devil's Flute.
Level-5 has already started work on a sixth Professor Layton game, CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed.
Over 11 million Professor Layton games have been shipped across the world, creator Level-5 has announced.
Developer Level 5 has revealed there is a 100-hour unlockable RPG game within DS title Professor Layton and the Devil's Flute.