• http://twitter.com/Veruses Verus

    I actually like that European cover more.

  • http://twitter.com/Xander_VJ David García Abril

    Yeap. “Professor Layton” games in Europe are HUGE!

    Even in countries like Spain they sell around 300.000 copies, which in those countries is totally crazy.

    And NOE localizations for these games are top notch. Not only the translations are among the best you can get in Europe, but they also dub them into every language they translate to, which in rare in NOE (normally is only English VA, if any at all). Even rarer is the fact that it is with top quality voice acting. Layton voices sound great, no matter which language you pick.

    Anyway, the box covers of the second and third games are closer to the Japanese ones, so Hino should be happier about it.

    • malek86

      I’m pretty sure The Curious Village was only dubbed in english. I don’t know about the sequels though.

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    It damn worked. Professor Layton is really popular in the UK with Unwound Future staying in the top 10 for a while (if you saw what populated the charts for how long you’d understand why it’s quite amazing).

    Professor Layton pulled the the Brain Age crowd here and gave them charm, beautiful visuals and a well told story on top of a challenge. Also our love of shows of detective/mysterious probably helped lol.

  • Icon

    The European cover is devoid of any personality, so I can see why Hino argued. I’m sure the reason behind its success is because the game itself is great.

    • puchinri

      I was thinking the same. It’s a nice looking cover, but it doesn’t really say too much. I wonder how much it had to do with people actually being interested in the game.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YIZQW4VZ27ID3DA2H3UNCXYHE4 Axel

      I think sometimes having a stylistic, simple cover achieves more than putting characters all over it, you only have to look at Ico or the PS1 Final Fantasies to see that.

      • Icon

        Yeah, I agree, sometimes. Just not this time, in my opinion.

  • puchinri

    That’s really cool. They seemed to have put a lot of work and research into Prof. Layton, more than I thought, and that makes me happy and impressed. It’s good that they’re dedicated to not just bringing in people, but also ensuring they’ll actually enjoy the product.

  • malek86

    I like the european cover better. I’m not a fan of covers where you see the characters of the game – they look too much like movie posters. I prefer more artsy stuff.

    However, it seems americans like character covers instead: there are contless examples, but FF easily springs to mind first. What’s wrong with the white-background-logo-only japanese and europeans use? The american FF9 cover was horrible.

    • Croix

      Agree that FF9′s cover wasn’t the most appealing, but I think single character covers are okay. FF7′s and FFX’s covers are now iconic, and I don’t even like the main character of FFX.

    • Joanna

      I like and prefer the simple logo covers for FFs too, but I actually prefer the North American/Japanese Layton covers. I love the art, so I don’t mind that the covers are a bit busier. I think the only well made North American FF cover was X. It wasn’t busy at all and it was a nice scenic shot of Tidus.

  • http://twitter.com/Stefkov Stefan Kowalyszyn

    I think NOE did a good job there. It’s advertised for its puzzles but I found the story to be really interesting, that’s what made me try to rush through the puzzles to see what happened next.

    It really is a fantastic series.

  • Croix

    “Europe Loves Professor Layton”

    More like EVERYONE loves Professor Layton. I know I do, and I know my girlfriend does, which is always a plus. I would love to see its sales increase in the States as well.

  • Aoshi00

    I prefer the Jpn/US covers for the first four games, question is did Hino approve the latest one? I can’t stand the cover for the first 3DS entry, there’s good simplistic and then there’s lazy and uninspiring simplistic..


    The Jpn VAs for Layton aren’t the greatest, but Ooizumi You is a very good Layton. Before that I’ve only seen one drama he was in. I’m still wondering if this is the game that is worth getting a Jpn 3DS for…

    • Croix

      Normally, game covers are something I’m pretty apathetic about, but you’re right, this cover just doesn’t look right. What gets me is that it doesn’t match the image of a Layton game the way they’ve been established over the past four games. I’m really hoping this is just a placeholder image…or that we at least get something more stylistically in line with the series when the game is localized. A lot of times, boxart really does sell.

      • Aoshi00

        hehe I’m pretty picky w/ cover arts in general if I could pick from several choices.

        Exactly, this “5th” cover looks nothing like the first 4.. and shouldn’t the first 3DS game have a very snazzy cover to make it stand out even more, maybe a sleeve w/ 3D effect like those Blu-ray movies? From the looks of it, this seems like the finalized ver and not preliminary, I mean the game is 2 weeks from release.. and we’ve seen the cover of all the other games being displayed together alrdy. So far the US covers have just copied the Jpn counterparts because they look good and don’t need messing around, maybe the eventual US release would pick better arts for the cover. Frankly, I would love this illustration to be the cover for this game, or something to that effect..


        I know one shouldn’t cry over spilled milk, but if Hino is as picky as they say, I find it strange he would OK this at all. If he thinks the Euro cover looks bad, then this one just plain sucks (like someone pointed out, like a pic from one of those cheap coloring books), and usually Jpn games have good covers, most of the time. If they go thru the lengths of making a good game, why go sloppy on the cover..

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