Dig Into Professor Layton On 3DS By Directly Controlling Him

By Spencer . January 27, 2011 . 1:51pm

imageI suppose Professor Layton would say "a gentleman doesn’t let other people control them" as a reason why players could only tap on arrows to move in past Professor Layton games.


Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle changes the formula in ruins mode where you get direct control over the young professor. Controls are similar to a top down RPG where you can move Layton in four directions. The "A" button is for actions like pushing boulders. Ruins mode showcases Layton’s love for archaeology while he hunts for hint coins with Rand.


Level-5 also created a horseback riding mini-game where Layton chases a fossil that comes to life. You move Layton and the horse by sliding the professor on the touch screen. Grabbing carrots makes your ride faster. Hitting barrels slows Layton down. Nintendogs better watch out because there is also a pet raising mini-game where Luke cares for a rabbit and teaches it tricks.


With all of these features Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle is shaping up to be one of the heartier games in Japan’s Nintendo 3DS launch day lineup.

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  • I wonder if the series would come to the NGP, Level 5 was on that list earlier.

    That being said, I would love to play a Layton game, people said the previous game have wonderful stories.

    • PurpleDoom

      Probably not. Layton has always stuck to the DS line of consoles. My guess for the Level-5 title on the NGP is one of their Sony brands, probably White Knight Chronicles. That or a new IP.

      • alundra311

        You’re probably right, but one can never know. They can do spin-off’s for Sony’s handheld but the main series will probably stay in Nintendo’s. I, for one, would like it to stay with Nintendo because I feel Layton is more suited there than with Sony. But if it ever comes out on Sony’s handheld, I’d buy still buy it because you can never have enough of the Layton series. :)

    • Its possible because of the touchscreen, but i personally dont think they will get out of the DS/3DS… unless they release it for NGP and 3DS..? Anyway, i dont think there will be a Layton exclusive for NGP

  • Well, so far, pretty classical extras a rpg have have been added, pretty good because only solving puzzles can become monotone fast :P

  • That ruins exploration part reminds me of that Dr. Lautrec game.

    • puchinri

      Well, Layton was a professor of archaeology from the start, wasn’t he? So it was just a matter of when they would include it. A lot of Lautrec reminds me of Layton though, but both games will probably fill in for something that the other lacks. Their personalities certainly sound opposite so far (not that their assistants do, but maybe we can get a fun crossover there too).

  • PrinceHeir

    awesome :)

    so when’s the crossover game with Ace Attornet?

    • Zero_Destiny

      Now that’ll be the killer app for the 3DS!!!! XD

  • “there is also a pet raising mini-game where Luke cares for a rabbit and teaches it tricks”

    Silly Luke, tricks are for kids.

  • Please have one of the tricks that Luke teaches the rabbit the ability to solve puzzles. I would love to see a four stage animation of the puzzle figuring a puzzle! What would the rabbit say though?! Oh man I’m getting way too excited about this game.

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