Professor Layton has been a fixture in Level-5’s lineup, gracing Nintendo’s DS and 3DS handhelds with enjoyable brainteasers and hilarious plot twists. After a hiatus following the release of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy in 2013, the series was resurrected in last year’s Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy for smartphones and the 3DS. According to a recent Famitsu report, the series’ seventh core installment will also head to the Nintendo Switch.


Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy DX will grace the Switch in Japan on August 9. A release outside of Japan is currently unconfirmed, though I suspect western Switch owners will procure this title as well.

Owing to the DX suffix, this iteration of the game will offer additional content in the form of NFC figure support – specifically Takara Tomy’s “Nazotoki Charm” toys. Additionally, all of the puzzles that required touch screen controls will be reworked to function with the Switch’s buttons and analog sticks.

Katrielle Layton, daughter of the world famous professor, is the star in this entry, and the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance is one of the major plot threads I look forward to solving… as soon as I finally finish my copy of Azran Legacy. Moreover, an animated series based upon Katrielle’s adventure is also being produced, thankfully suggesting the Professor Layton brand is back and healthy.

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