Professor Layton and the Last Specter Overflows with Portable Puzzle Fun

New and experienced fans of the Professor Layton video game series don't have to wait for Halloween to discover a wealth of eerie tricks and brain-teasing treats this season. Launching today for the Nintendo DS(TM) family of hand-held systems, the Professor Layton and the Last Specter(TM) game marks an extraordinary new chapter in the fan-favorite puzzle adventure franchise, featuring a prequel storyline that invites players to help the top-hatted professor solve his very first case.

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New and experienced fans of the Professor Layton video game series don’t have to wait for Halloween to discover a wealth of eerie tricks and brain-teasing treats this season. Launching today for the Nintendo DS family of hand-held systems, the Professor Layton and the Last Specter game marks an extraordinary new chapter in the fan-favorite puzzle adventure franchise, featuring a prequel storyline that invites players to help the top-hatted professor solve his very first case. Professor Layton and the Last Specter features more puzzles than any previous series installment and a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life that lets fans immerse themselves in the Professor Layton universe like never before. This new game delivers hours upon hours of unique portable entertainment.

“The huge variety of puzzles in Professor Layton and the Last Specter make it not only entertaining but also a terrific value”

In Professor Layton and the Last Specter, distinguished scholar Hershel Layton has yet to become a world-famous master sleuth. Upon receiving a mysterious letter from an old friend, he travels to a rural town called Misthallery that’s said to be haunted by a nocturnal phantom. As players progress through the story by solving a wide variety of logic, slide, picture, number and language puzzles, they’ll also encounter Layton’s brainy assistant, Emmy Altava, and witness his first meeting with would-be apprentice Luke Triton. The game’s numerous puzzles intertwine with the storyline in clever ways and are suitable for all skill levels. Starting Oct. 23, players can also download additional puzzles by connecting their Nintendo DS system to the Internet via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.

“The huge variety of puzzles in Professor Layton and the Last Specter make it not only entertaining but also a terrific value,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With a bonus role-playing game that takes the experience even deeper, players can get to know Professor Layton and his universe in a fun, interactive way.”

In the Professor Layton’s London Life role-playing game – which comes included on each Professor Layton and the Last Specter Game Card – players can experience life in Little London and mingle with quirky characters from throughout the Professor Layton game series. With more than 100 hours of game play and an additional storyline to complete, players can customize their appearance and surroundings, work odd jobs or collect clues to help uncover the origins of a mysterious fairy. Professor Layton’s London Life can be played anytime; it does not require players to complete the main game first.

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Previous games in the Professor Layton series include Professor Layton and the Curious Village (2008), Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (2009) and Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (2010). To date, more than 12 million Professor Layton games have been sold worldwide.

For more information about Professor Layton and the Last Specter, visit http://professorlayton.nintendo.com/thelastspecter.

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