Professor Layton and the Spectre's Call

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Professor Layton and the Last Specter

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.

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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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Professor Layton's London Life is US-only

100-hour bonus RPG with Spectre's Call.

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.