It Looks Like Both New Professor Layton Games Will Launch In Europe First

By Ishaan . August 7, 2013 . 5:00pm

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are headed to both North America and Europe, but it looks like the latter territory will receive both games sooner.


While Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is planned for a 2014 release in North America, Europe will see the game on November 8th. Meanwhile, while Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney is simply “2014” in North America, it’s “early 2014” in Europe.


Nintendo will also release Bravely Default: Flying Fairy sooner in Europe than in North America. The game is still planned for release this year in PAL territories, while North America will see the game in 2014.


  • Nanaki

    I’m just happy to see my European cousins finally get a good array of titles released within a reasonable amount of time.

    • Alestaos

      Thanks on behalf of all PAL countries. My friends that are american are really berating it going as far as saying that they will boycott the games. So it is great to see a comment like yours :D

      • Enzo

        Boycott games because of their release dates? Wow. I’d never do that.

      • Ric Vazquez

        It’s to see the european gamers getting some justice with release dates, but boycotting the games just because NA won’t get it first?! Bunch of jerks.

  • British_Otaku

    Sounds pretty cool, I would rather have a localisation at the same time in both regions (or just worldwide like Pokemon X/Y) but at least they are on the way, hopefully with a set date before it releases here unlike Persona 4 Arena… I hope we never have a case like that again.

    • Neophoton

      P4A’s case was just horrendous. I can’t blame Europals for feeling bitter about that, I recall a good portion of the online community faded away by the time it reached over there.

      • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

        Yeah Zen United got massive heat over that debacle. At least we got it but it was understandable for players who wanted to play competition online whilst the game was new and would experience a high influx of players in the first few months.

        Still, let’s cross our fingers that situation doesn’t reoccur (and that we get Blazblue Chrono Phantasm within a reasonable timescale next year.)

        Otherwise this is fantastic news for one of the best gaming crossovers is a long while.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Will this data stem, alter, or in ANY way affect the stream of complaints invariably found beneath any Siliconera article that discusses any localization or localized product that releases in Europe at a different time than some other region of the world?

    I’m inclined to guess no. I would be nice though. Thank god Australians aren’t here on Siliconera, as that nation is even worse off than mainland Europe.

    Or maybe they are, and they’re just too classy to gum up comments with repetitive entries of “Meanwhile in Australia…” that neither provoke interesting discussion nor are meaningfully tailored to the topic at hand.

  • VenerableSage

    While it’s nice to see that Europeans aren’t getting the shaft as they were habitually prone to do in years past (though I’m sure the Australians would like the same improvements), perhaps Nintendo of America would do well to, you know, try to get as many good games out in NA as they could as quickly as possible?

    Sure, neither of these titles are on the platform that is being heavily criticized, but the concept here is the frame of mind. If NoA gets into the habit of pumping out quality titles on the 3DS, the mindset could potentially help out on the Wii U front.

    I mean, it can’t be that good when system owners are literally waving money in front of NoA’s face for things that are coming out in Europe first (which should take even MORE localization time for all of the additional translations required) and NoA can’t seem to comprehend giving titles additional priority to at least bring across simultaneous releases. :/

  • SirRichard

    Nintendo of Europe bringing the love, though for two of these it’s to be expected; Professor Layton’s always performed better in Europe than in America, it makes sense that they’d want it out for the Christmas rush. Although, that doesn’t really apply to PLvsAA here. Perhaps NOE are doing the localisation for the pair of them? It seems to be that when they do it, it takes NOA a while to catch up for whatever reason.

    I hope they start talking about Bravely Default again soon, if only to clear up when we’re actually getting it. I’m hoping for 2013 just to have it sooner rather than later.

  • Strain42

    I’m glad to hear this. It’s nice that Europe is getting some love with some of these titles.

    I don’t mind waiting a bit longer for it. I’ve already got a pretty big backlog of games to get through as it is lol

  • Neophoton

    NoE getting the lead out, I see — I commend them!

  • Warboss Aohd

    got alot ta play, can wait a little longer,.

  • Rocket D

    I’m going to be honest, I’m so psyched for this release in general that I’m just glad the US is getting it. Plus, Europe needs some early release love too so power to that and hope they enjoy! this second half of 2013 and 2014 are glorious times for west gamers!

    I have..a lot of games to play so I can wait kinda but I do wish releases for both regions were a little closer together. I’m in no room to complain though considering the ridiculous amounts of waiting Europe has for games (or they don’t get some titles at all when the US does) when the US gets them early. I am just SO HAPPY PLvsPW/PL and the Azran Legacy/Bravely Default: Flying Fairy are confirmed for both regions for a handheld system that’s region locked. Just so happy and relieved…

  • Jonathan Tse

    nice, EU usually gets the short end of the stick so fair enough.

  • Zal_Yagun

    Makes sense in a way. Localization and most voices seem like its based in Europe.

  • laurenhiya21

    Is it just me or have European players been getting more gaming love lately? It just feels like it to me and I would be glad if that was the case :> Even if I don’t live in Europe or have any European friends, I just recall too many games not being released over there in the past and it was a bit saddening… (or some games that had very long localization times)

  • David García Abril

    Well, it’s not that surprising if we take into account that “Proffesor Layton” is way more popular in Europe.

    “Bravely Default” on the other hand is brand new, so who knows. Still, it’s nice that in the last few years we get this earlier releases. :)

  • Villainous Inc.

    Just wanted to point out that the Bravely Default Europe date changed, which I learned from -this very same site-

    Keep your facts straight, guys.

  • JMaster3000

    As a European i’m not interested in these games.
    I’m still waiting for Digimon Decode,Rune Factory 4 and SMT IV.

  • Antixono

    Well,its looks like time for me to get into the professor Layton and ace attorney series.

  • Fox

    This is equally as stupid as the EU having to wait months or years for games.

    There’s no good reason why games can’t be localized in EU and NA within the same time frame.

    • Zoozbuh

      Obviously that’s true, but tbh Americans have no right to complain when in the past, this used to be the case for almost ALL european release dates. We never really complained (or even if we did, it was a case of “at least we’re getting the games at all!”) so you shouldn’t either.

      • Fox

        That’s not how it works. That’s analogous to saying the Japanese aren’t allowed to discuss the United States’ murder of civilians with atomic weaponry simply because they perpetrated their own mass-murder of civilians in Korea and China.

        If something is wrong, it’s wrong. Two wrongs don’t cancel each other out.

        And I don’t know who this “we” is. I’ve seen European gamers whining about game release delays for decades. I suggest you get over yourself and realize that whether or not something is beneficial to you, personally, has absolutely no relevance as to whether or not it is a good or bad thing in general.

  • Impossible2beat

    good for Europe, they get the shaft too often, its nice to see them actually get not just parody, but something even better. Im here in America cant wait for all three of those, but man does Europe get screwed often.

  • Zoozbuh

    YAY!! Can’t frickin wait :’) I just wish the dates were the other way round… as I’m still a bit behind on the Layton series, and not all that into it recently. But just so happy EU is getting both these titles!! <3 NOE

  • Ric Vazquez

    Nice, european gamers usually and sadly have to wait longer for thse games

  • Akuosa

    What is this? Opposite day?

  • artemisthemp

    Nintendo should drop the Region Lock on it’s system

  • Göran Isacson

    I am okay with this. I am very okay with this… but also a bit puzzled as to how a region that SHOULD have a more complicated localization process gets something before the US. I wonder if Nintendo Europe just has a REALLY big Japan-lobby that nets them more localization resources, or if there’s some other reason we’re getting games like these ahead of the US.

  • AdhesiveBoy

    As an American, you Europeans certainly deserve this more than us. We’ll get the games eventually; there’s no reason for us complain like spoiled brats.

  • XaviIniesta

    Even though localization between NA and EU occurs pretty close together for the most part these days, EU still gets shafted more often than NA. (Persona 4: Arena 10 months later, and Shin Megami Tensei IV STILL has no release date for Europe, etc.) So it’s nice that they get a couple of things first as well.

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