Professor Layton series ships 11.5 million

Combined sales of four DS puzzle-fests hit major milestone, reports developer Level-5; launch of first 3DS title to be marked with live webcast.

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Japanese developer Level-5 celebrated a milestone today, thanks to its popular line of Professor Layton games. Just how popular are they? According to an announcement by the Fukuoka, Japan-based shop (translated by gaming blog Andriasang), the four games in the series have now shipped 11.47 million units worldwide. That lineup includes Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2008), Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (2009), Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (2010), and the currently Japan-only Professor Layton and The Devil Flute (release TBD).

"Professor, do we get residuals on those 11 million copies?"

One game the near-11.5-million figure doesn't count is Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, the series' debut on the upcoming 3DS. However, just because the game hasn't been released yet doesn't mean that Level-5 doesn't have big plans for it. The company plans on having a ceremony to mark the game's release on Thursday, February 24--two days before the 3DS hits the Japanese market. (The 3DS arrives in the US March 27.) The ceremony will feature a chat with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino and Miracle Mask's voice cast, as well as an introduction to the new game. Japanese-language details will be available on the game's official website soon.

The latest addition to the series, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, was well received by critics upon its Western release. The game sees the titular top-hatted academic and his faithful boy sidekick Luke investigate another puzzle-packed mystery. This particular caper begins when Luke receives a letter from his future self and the pair head off to London to see the unveiling of a time machine. Naturally, the presentation goes horribly wrong, and the pair must follow a trail of clues left by Luke's future incarnation to see where it all leads.

Discussion

24 comments
jecht_35
jecht_35

Own all three can't wait for the others to come out level 5 keep doing what your doing it works

Supabul
Supabul

I love the art style off these game's, and the movie was great

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Your brain gets a right workout playing these games. Very fun. Shame about the price though. They never seem to drop below 20 quid no matter how old they get. Grrr.

franzito
franzito

Great and intelligent games, two thumbs up for Professor Layton

riariases
riariases

@isaacmj Not at all. Level 5 just sort of popped up about 5 years ago and they're a smaller studio than average. In the few years they've been around, their popularity has jumped. I only knew them from the Professor Layton games at first but I realized they're the people behind the Dragon Quest games since the PS2.

riariases
riariases

@Gamingclone If people thumb him up, thats like saying NOT to try the series. And if you're not gonna thumb him up, theres no other option. You can only agree or disagree. Even if you don't say anything, in your head its still one of those options.

adrdeju
adrdeju

Good series. My son and I are hooked on these games. Can't wait for the new ones to be released.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Lol at the first post :P People I think the person was saying in that post that even he is surprised that he hasnt tried these games out yet. No need to thumb him down. On topic though, this is a great mile stone. I hope the 3DS verson does great too.

daabulls23
daabulls23

These games are so addictive. Start one puzzle, and you have to solve the next one. But there's another one. And another one...

puffadell
puffadell

good job means good games and sales

isaacmj
isaacmj

Well deserved. The Proffessor Layton games are the kind of game that every gamer should try at least once. I think Level 5 is very underappreciated company but this milestone shows just how amazing their work is.

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

This is one of the most solid puzzle series ever. I just hope the new one for 3DS will be 100% fully voiced.

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

i love this series puzzle adventuring at its best

DarkPhoneix85
DarkPhoneix85

Ok, Professor Layton and The Devil's Flute needs to be brought to western audiences and hopefully more info on PL Vs PW.

apolloooo
apolloooo

it should be followed by announcement of NA or EU release of Spectre's flute :), or maybe in this year's E3?

hahamanin
hahamanin

when i first played the curious village.....i was amazed by the graphics & story-telling.....cant wait to play the 3ds version nw

Crazyholic
Crazyholic

uhh, yea, thats nice . . . so when are we gonna get some more updates or possible North American release date(s) on Prof. Layton vs Phoenix Wright? I. Need. To. Know. NOW!!!!!

LaytonsCat
LaytonsCat

These games are incredible. Congrats Level 5 and Nintendo

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

The series is just amazing, I'm sure that without piracy, the number would be aroun maybe 15m... Can't wait for the fourth one... The first trilogy is over...

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

I know nothing about this series, should check it out. Also, I wonder what the number would be at if piracy didn't exist.

oUNKNOWNo
oUNKNOWNo

Amazing series :) Can't wait for the next future titles! :D

zzamaro
zzamaro

Congratulations Level-5 but now, where's Dark Cloud 3?

MarioGirl64
MarioGirl64

I love those games so much, I'm glad millions of people have played the awesomeness of them :3