Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright 3DS detailed

Mystery solvers piecing together puzzles in "surreal medieval town"; Capcom franchise sells 3.9 million, Level-5 detective series hits 9.5 million.

Yesterday, Capcom and Level-5 congregated at an event in Japan to announce their courtroom-drama collaboration, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright (working title). In development for Nintendo's upcoming glasses-free 3D handheld the 3DS, the game has yet to be dated.

Layton v. Wright should draw a large crowd.

Today, Capcom and Level-5 released an official announcement for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright and, in the process, revealed additional details and franchise sales totals for the two series.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright follows the titular characters after they have been mysteriously transported to "a surreal medieval city." There, the two will work together to sleuth their way through logic puzzles while also figuring out the game's overarching mystery. Other leading characters from both series will also make appearances in the game.

While the greater detective has yet to be seen, Capcom and Level-5 did provide insight as to why Hershel Layton's name appears first on the game's moniker. Since Level-5's trench-coated detective debuted in February 2007, the series has sold more than 9.5 million units worldwide. That figure is likely to continue growing by a substantial rate, thanks to the well-regarded Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, which released in the US last month.

As for Phoenix Wright, Capcom said that its Ace Attorney series of logic-based courtroom dramas has sold 3.9 million units. The first installment in the franchise went on sale in October 2001. In February, Capcom released the spin-off title Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth to a strong critical reception.

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79 comments
otanikun
otanikun

Will definitely be getting this

raiinydaes
raiinydaes

-^^- kyan~ Both of them are my favourite DS games!! I wanna learn Japanese now! :D

TriforceGods
TriforceGods

People still don't know how to read, I see. Only announced for Japan=/=Japan only. They would be stupid to NOT to release it outside of Japan.

xenogamer55
xenogamer55

Hey, what's this only in Japan?? Does anyone know for sure? I'm dying for this.

Kismetic
Kismetic

How smart is the professor. He better get his story straight or Phoenix Wright will bust him. This should be a good crossover game. "HOLD IT" "OBJECTION!!!!!!" "TAKE THAT"

BelmontWolf
BelmontWolf

i read that there are no plans for this game to appear outside of japan =( i hope that doesnt happen.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

So looking forward to this. My must have game for the 3DS.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

"Objection! That hat has got to go, Layton!" "Oh my"

nparks
nparks

Wow. I never knew Phoenix Wright was that tall.

imbusydoctorwho
imbusydoctorwho

japan only really upset me i love these franchises so dearly

herena13
herena13

Can't wait to see what they put together, however not sure we will ever see it in europe, so far only announced for Japan

BigStik
BigStik

I now have more reasons to get a 3DS. I missed the days when Phoenix Wright didn't spend his days in some basement playing the piano.

KhanBloodsucker
KhanBloodsucker

Why in the Japanese media do they use "vs." when two characters/groups are actually working together?

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

Come on. This can't possibly go wrong. May the epicness compel us all.

Alita_99
Alita_99

It doesn't make any sense (heck, even the character designs are radically different), but any meeting of two characters this awesome will be epic.

CoRiNi
CoRiNi

OMGSAUCEBBQ , GREAT NEWS !

rome_tx
rome_tx

First Investigations 2 and now this? Awesome. Never played Professor Layton before so I guess I'll try this series out in the near future.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

Holy cow, this could be GREAT! I love both of these characters!

ZaGodmon
ZaGodmon

phoenix: "OBJECTION!!" layton: "Try Again..."

JerWroten
JerWroten

suhweet! Could be really good.

riariases
riariases

Level-5 is mad shipping Professor Layton games out. The series could be a television show with about 100 episodes to follow the story already. I like the idea of not having to wait for the next installment, but you gotta give me some time to beat the game you just sold me.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

phoenix: "OBJECTION!!" layton: "now phoenix.. a gentleman shouldnt yell out loud.."

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

@bladex8: Luke's appearance suggests that the game may take place before the events of The Curious Village, and thus they wouldn't have met Inspector Chelmey yet.

Ceraby
Ceraby

Oh...my god. I think I just wept in happiness. T_T It's gonna be like Batman vs Super...like Batman vs. Batman. Or something.

gohoanq
gohoanq

Hell yea I'm going to get this for sure lol Can't wait :|

lukedoc
lukedoc

This is sure to be the best sci-fi shooter yet!

wargraymon
wargraymon

it's like Law and Order: Labyrinth witch trials

wargraymon
wargraymon

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Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@mrarcanist, you're right! After 2010, only first party title will be for the Wii is Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Nintendo have to relay on 3rd party titles, don't seem to have much 3rd party support for the Wii next year, unless Nintendo is going to do something crazy to keep the Wii moving, or release a new system. As for the 3DS, it's a gold mine!

wargraymon
wargraymon

who needs fps(not that there's any wrong with fps, i'm a fan, pleeease don't flame me) when you got layton vs wright. seriously when i saw wrights smirk and objection a big grin came on my face.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

If they keep announcing more amazing titles for the 3DS, then I have to buy the 3DS on the second it hits the store selves.

legokid3000
legokid3000

Can't wait to see how this pans out!

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

I hope this game isn't too easy. I can expect every time you get a question wrong as Layton, Wright will yell "Objection!" and then painstakingly explain the answer.

ThaElementz
ThaElementz

OBJECTION!!!!! Actually, this is going to be awesome. Can't wait for more details.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

I'm looking forward to seeing some of the leading characters from both series. Edgeworth anybody?

KieranCottrell
KieranCottrell

@mrarcanist - 'nintendo are running out of ideas!!' Seriously? Did you even read the article? 'Capcom' is used 6 TIMES, 'Level-5' is used 5 TIMES. But I suppose the one use of 'Nintendo' was enough to set your fanboy nerves a-flamin'. Be quiet now. Back to your Medal of Honor.

Poodger
Poodger

@ Truelori On a teacher's salary, I hardly have much money to spend on all sorts of new IP's. The last few times I tried branching out to new series or new IP's based on reviewer scores, I got burnt. Now I don't play with fire. Most of the games that are rated high on places like Gamespot don't sit well with me once I actually start playing them. And since I don't have a ton of money to spend because of my career choice, I only buy 2-3 games a year. Considering all of that, sequels to my favorite games are the safest way to go. Now I am not saying that new IP's should not be created. All I am saying is that it is very dumb for people to complain about sequels. Sequels are awesome, and help build on a story we already love. It is also good for people with a low budget for gaming.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

So the one that sold more goes first? Makes sense.

TrueIori
TrueIori

@Poodger By only sticking to Sequels you are part of the reason we don't see many new IP's , and there a bunch of new IP out there that are just as good if not better than the mainstream stuff. I earn my money and pay the bills and have the same responsibility as you and I still take risks, that part of life. Plus with all the game sites it not like you going in Blind, so the old adulthood excuse is nothing more than that an....excuse. Funny you speak of Valve since they have a great support for indie games on Steam ...how about giving them a try?

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

how is this going to work?, both games has different sets and theme, but i'm curious and, however, i think it will be awesome :D

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

The title suggests that they are against each other. But still, can't wait to see what this becomes! Two great series combining into what could be a really great game!