Professor Layton and the Curious Village Stumps Retail

ProfessorLayton.jpgFollowing a fun-filled launch party at the Nintendo World Store on Sunday, Level 5’s brilliant puzzle/adventure game Professor Layton and the Curious Village has now officially hit store shelves in North America, bringing an intriguing murder mystery, plenty of tough brainteasers and half a year’s worth of puzzle downloads to the mass of DS owners across the nation. Professor Layton and the Curious Village has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB and should be priced at $29.99 at most retailers (watch EBgames/GameStop though, as they have it marked up to $35). Hit the jump for the full press release and a few pics from the game’s launch party.

NINTENDO ENTERS A WORLD OF RIDDLES WITH PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE

Unravel Mystery, Secrets and Brainteasers in a New Nintendo DS Treasure Hunt

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 11, 2008 – Move over, Sherlock Holmes! There’s a new Brit in town. The Feb. 10 launch of Professor Layton and the Curious Village™ brings a world of riddles, secrets and brainteasers to the portable Nintendo DS™. The puzzle-filled game provides hours of mind-bending game play, thick story plots, funny, eccentric characters and a double murder-mystery.

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In the curious village of St. Mystere, a wealthy baron passes away. His will reveals that a treasure is hidden someplace inside the village. Unable to locate the treasure, the baron’s family calls upon renowned archaeologist and puzzle expert Professor Layton for help. Upon his arrival, the search for the treasure is interrupted by the suspicious death of another member of the family. Now with two mysteries on his hands, Professor Layton must work his way through the village’s many challenges to get to the truth.

“Professor Layton and the Curious Village combines a mix of clever storyline and brainy twists,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “Like the Brain Age titles before it, this new puzzle genre requires players to use their minds as much as their thumbs. The strong story, charming hand-drawn animation and fully voiced movies appeal to hard-core gamers and casual gamers alike.”

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Players will tackle brain twisters ranging from mazes and riddles to logic and sliding puzzles as Professor Layton progresses through an engaging 19th century anime-styled mystery. Touch-screen controls make working through the game a snap for players of all skill levels. What’s more, for a limited time new puzzles will be available weekly for download via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection for extended replay value. The Professor Layton series is already a smash hit in Japan, where each succeeding game outsold the one before it. For more information about the U.S. game, visit www.ProfessorLaytonDS.com.

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