Professor Layton and the Last Specter haunts DS Oct. 17

Fourth installment in Level-5 franchise devoted to puzzle-solving academic gets North American release date; Layton's London Life RPG included, unlocked from the outset.

While Professor Layton already has a pair of 3DS puzzle games in the works, the logic-loving sleuth has at least one more DS adventure on the way. Nintendo today nailed down an October 17 North American launch date for Professor Layton and the Last Specter.

How can they be so sure this is the last specter? Maybe they mean "last" as in, "most recent."

Previously known as Professor Layton and the Devil Flute, the game debuted in Japan back in 2009. The Last Specter is set three years before Professor Layton and the Curious Village and tells the story of how the academic met his young assistant Luke. Of course, there's a mystery to solve along the way, involving a towering demon with red eyes whose attacks on a village have prompted an old friend of Layton's to seek out the professor's help.

As an exclusive for North American players, the local release of The Last Specter will include the bonus game Professor Layton's London Life unlocked from the outset. Originally included as an unlockable bonus for beating the campaign mode, Layton's London Life is a role-playing game take on the franchise that Nintendo bills as containing more than 100 hours of additional content.

For more on Professor Layton and the Last Specter, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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28 comments
DarknessBlade3
DarknessBlade3

@cbthedog:The Mask of miracle, (the 3ds one) will most likley come out soon, But it came out with the 3ds as a launch tittle in Japan. We are always 2 years after Layton :/

BloodMist
BloodMist

This is certainly one of the most welcome new series to come around in a very, very long time.

cbthedog
cbthedog

@DaneGamer, they made a Professor Layton 3DS, idk if its comin 2 America tho

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Well, to be fair, the '100 hours of additional content' is just one incredibly hard puzzle.

gameking5000
gameking5000

Looking forward to the last DS Professor Layton.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

I love Layton games, and, like @JustPlainLucas, I am so buying this one.

Dantethayer1
Dantethayer1

Cannot Wait! Love this series! The London Life is just an awesome bonus!

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

Hopefully the europe release date is around the same time. Its a shame that nintendo region locked the DSi and 3DS.

soulless4now
soulless4now

4th game already? Now I know I need to catch up.

emirblade
emirblade

I'll be getting this game:) Love laayton, now I want layton vs wright.

LaytonsCat
LaytonsCat

Can't wait and London Life got a excellent reviews by itself

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Holy f@#%! 100 hours of additional content? Are you sure this is right info GS?

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

A hundred hours huh? That is a lot for an extra game. Makes it seem like The Last Specter is the bonus game.

Shotogan
Shotogan

who's the idiot that thumbs-down all the good comments?

DarknessBlade3
DarknessBlade3

this will be awesome. have a countdown all ready ;)

benleslie5
benleslie5

I thought it was called Devil's Flute

kuninushi
kuninushi

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