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.

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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.
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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