TechCrunch is reporting that Nintendo's exclusivity with the Professor Layton series is ending and one of the first things developer Level-5 will be doing is releasing a new iOS game called Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. Unfortunately, details further than that are non-existent at this point. We'll just have to wait and see on pricing and availability, as well as how the content of Mystery Room will compare to previous installments in the Layton franchise.

What has me leaning back in my chair and contemplatively puffing my proverbial pipe with this news is the fact that the Professor Layton games are by far the DS's most successful series-- Both critically and commercially. If you follow TouchArcade, you no doubt remember the various pieces we've done on Nintendo such as "Nintendo Facing Investor Pressure to Bring Games to iPhone" analyzing the puzzling future of the gaming giant.

I don't think it's much of a stretch to say that the Professor Layton series brought a bunch of players to the Nintendo DS, and while I'm sure the DS still would have been a successful platform without it, it's definitely not a good sign to see developers anxious to jump off the exclusivity ship with the big N.

These are interesting times, indeed. *puffs pipe*

Update: Here's the (non-English) trailer-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7GGSH32PQ2E5V6PGHZHZZ2M5E Anonymous

    Must be a weed pipe....

    Drinking too much iOS Kool-aid lately?

    Nintendo isn't going anywhere. The 3DS is selling at a faster clip than the DS, 360 and PS3 sold, in the same time frame.

    Quit with the propaganda, Hodapp :)

    Lastly, do you ever wonder if these "investors" have financial claims to Apple stocks? The more Nintendo is "doomed", the higher Apple stocks rise, the more $ these "investors" stand o make?

    I love my iPad 2 and stuff, but gimme a break iOS games are not as good as a dedicated handheld game.

    Not yet, anyway.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHIIHTRJXIOZCAF2GESNKZH264 himanshu

      Err... at the risk of starting a dedicated handheld vs. iOS debate, can't compare 3DS sales with those of 360 and PS3, and certainly not with DS. That's like saying iPhone 4s is selling more than iPhone4.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1831960459 Jonathan Slater

        That's because the Iphone 4s is selling more than the Iphone 4 - if you actually kept up with the Apple Tech Reports. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHIIHTRJXIOZCAF2GESNKZH264 himanshu

        Yes. That's my point. Because 4S is new. it's an obvious statement.

      • http://www.facebook.com/djmidway Steven Bornholtz

        That is what Apple does when it talk about sales.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHIIHTRJXIOZCAF2GESNKZH264 himanshu

      Err... at the risk of starting a dedicated handheld vs. iOS debate, can't compare 3DS sales with those of 360 and PS3, and certainly not with DS. That's like saying iPhone 4s is selling more than iPhone4.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

      "Nintendo isn't going anywhere. The 3DS is selling at a faster clip than the DS, 360 and PS3 sold, in the same time frame.

      Quit with the propaganda, Hodapp :)"

      To be fair to Hodapp, his comments weren't about Nintendo going somewhere; they were about previously Nintendo-exclusive developers going somewhere (else).

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Right. I think Nintendo will always have a large share of the gaming market in one form or another but it's definitely not a good sign to be seeing former exclusives jumping ship. I don't think it will spell the doom of Nintendo platforms, but it definitely isn't healthy to have the only exclusive titles you're capable of securing as a company coming from your own IP. With every exclusive franchise lost, Nintendo hardware gets closer and closer to just being the system you buy if you want to play a Mario/Zelda game as everything else will be available elsewhere.

      • Alex G

        I'm pretty sure there was a decent legnth RPG in the Layton Series come out on cell phones in Japan. This doesn't seem to be a traditional Layton game (but with how little we know I could be wrong) so I don't really see it as losing an exclusive to ios but rather making another mobile spinoff.

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        Professor Layton and the Curious VillageI came pre-installed on Panasonic’s DoCoMo P906i handset. (2008)

        http://www.famitsu.com/k_tai/news/1215432_1350.html

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GHIIHTRJXIOZCAF2GESNKZH264 himanshu

        Why would a developer have a platform exclusive ever, unless that platform was compensating the game creator for lost business opportunity on other platforms.

      • Anonymous

        Eli Hodapp once more with the flawed logic when it comes to Nintendo related news.

        1. There have been more commercially successful series on DS than Layton. A mere minute spent to fact check would have told you this.

        2. Layton has already appeared on cellphones back in 2009 with Layton's
        London Life, so with that in mind was that spinoff also a sign of Level 5 being
        anxious to jump off?

        3. Layton Brothers wasn't even a Layton title to begin with, it was just
        Mystery Room that Level 5 rebranded with the Layton IP. You would know
        this if you actually kept up to date with news, Level 5 had their annual
        conference last week where all of this was known.

        So how is a rebranded spinoff title supposedly a sign of jumping off the
        exclusivity ship when the 3DS has Layton 5, Professor Layton x Phoenix
        Wright and all future mainline Layton titles?

        So, with this jumping off in mind, if you actually kept up to check with
        videogames news of platforms other than your beloved iOS you'd realise
        that at their conference last week the RPG powerhouse that is Level 5
        had this lineup:

        3DS

        - Fantasy Life (sim action-RPG)

        - Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

        - Professor Layton 6

        - Girl's RPG Cinderelife

        - Time Travelers

        - Inazuma Eleven Go (fifth entry in the successful footie RPG series)

        - Guild 01 (four games in one - RPG by FFTactics Matsuno, mech action from Suda51, so on)

        Vita

        - Time Travelers

        - Either for Vita or / and PS3: Youkai Watch (Ghost Watch, a new Pokemon-esque series)

        iOS

        - Mystery Room (now Layton Brothers)

        Hmm... let us see, only one conclusion can be made from this list.
        Developers must be anxious to jump off the exclusivity ship with the big
        N! Even you must now realise how silly that article of yours is, Eli.
        In future keep the fanboyism down to a minimum and just report the news
        as is.

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        Nintendo will need to adapt or fail, but I'm almost certain they will come out with something clever soon. People have tried counting them out before.

        That said, dedicated handhelds and consoles won't be around much longer anyway.  The future is streaming games to any device from services like OnLine. All you will need to buy is maybe a wireless controller.

      • http://www.facebook.com/djmidway Steven Bornholtz

        Level 5 has never been an exclusive developer to Nintendo, they are currently working on Playstation 3 game with Studio Ghibli.  They worked for Sony before Nintendo as company, so they aren't really exclusive.

        This isn't even a Professor Layton game.  I mean do you see the Professor or the kid anywhere in the trailer.

    • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

      The 3DS isn't selling ,where are you getting this from?

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      The 3DS has not being doing well at all, which is why Nintendo were forced to slash the price so shortly after launch. They've never had to do that before. Another sign of mess they've made of it is the ludicrous bolt on 2nd analogue stick peripheral as an attempt to compete with the Vita. (which itself, according to respected analysts, will also be dead on arrival)

      The 3DS has so far sold 500,000 units since March. By contrast the iPhone 4S, despite being such a minor improvement over the iPhone 4, sold 4 million units in 3 days. Of course not all of those iPhones will be used for games, but a quick glance at the app store will show you that many will.

      Nintendo are in a lot of trouble. The Wii is basically finished, the 3DS is a flop, and the Wii U is frankly a total unknown which is hardly generating much (or indeed, any) excitement. They have significant cash reserves so they'll survive, but their brief resurgence is over and they seem to lack any credible strategy to compete.

      • http://twitter.com/XxBroBuzzxX Benjamin

        You do know that the quality of the majority of the App store's games fail in comparison to games on the 3DS/DS/PSP? Quality over quantity

      • http://twitter.com/chaosjay Jason Evans

        500,000 units since March? It's sold almost 450,000 in the US since the price drop in August.

      • http://www.facebook.com/djmidway Steven Bornholtz

        The 3DS when it first came out sold close to 4 million, you always get that initial push and then things go into a bit of a low during the summer.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      The 3DS has not being doing well at all, which is why Nintendo were forced to slash the price so shortly after launch. They've never had to do that before. Another sign of mess they've made of it is the ludicrous bolt on 2nd analogue stick peripheral as an attempt to compete with the Vita. (which itself, according to respected analysts, will also be dead on arrival)

      The 3DS has so far sold 500,000 units since March. By contrast the iPhone 4S, despite being such a minor improvement over the iPhone 4, sold 4 million units in 3 days. Of course not all of those iPhones will be used for games, but a quick glance at the app store will show you that many will.

      Nintendo are in a lot of trouble. The Wii is basically finished, the 3DS is a flop, and the Wii U is frankly a total unknown which is hardly generating much (or indeed, any) excitement. They have significant cash reserves so they'll survive, but their brief resurgence is over and they seem to lack any credible strategy to compete.

  • gee

    yay, about time. i love layton. best puzzle games ever.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome news! It's a great series, and will be a welcomed addition to the AppStore. Puzzle-Venture Gaming at its best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.vizzini Alex Vizzini

    All NIntendo has anymore are their systems and their games. Their games don't succeed if they are not on their system. Their games are developed around the systems limitations. Miaymoto can say, new Zelda is a pretty big file I think we are going to need Blu-Ray. That's why Nintendo isn't going anyway where because people still want Mario and they still want Zelda and they buy the system to get that. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

      "All NIntendo has anymore are their systems and their games."

      Uh... what else have they ever had?!

  • Austin Riddle

    I feel like the people who claim the DS has far better games are the same people who just look at the top 25 on the app store, and play the dribble Gameloft releases, and assume that's all the iOS has to offer.  When I used my R4 and DS I probablly played and beat 70 games, so I got around.  Coming from someone who's owned every single Gameboy device and DS I can truthfully say since purchasing my iPhone my handheld gaming has been much richer and deeper.  Nothing on DS comes close to games like Chronicles of the Godslayer, King of Dragonpass, King of Fighters, Palm Heroes.  The iOS even offers great casuals like Drawrace 2 and Solomon's boneyard.

    The only problem with the iOS when compared to the DS is that the DS's best games are obvious and the iOS requires some researching

    P.S. I waited for years with my DS to play Plants vs Zombies, and that's a game that isn't even in my top 20 for iOS gaming.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    dbl sry

  • Anonymous

    This news made my day!!!

  • Anonymous

    I guess the question is, will it take just as long to translate them to English? Also, it looked like an iPhone image. Hopefully this universal or at least has a separate iPad version.

  • http://twitter.com/Skyer7 Skyer Ist

    Sorry, but what are u talking about? This "Layton" game is for "quick cash". Nintendo is helped Level 5 a lot with series promotion in the Western markets, successfully published 4 games on DS and fifth set on 3DS next year (already released in Japan). Those all are games of MAIN series. And this one for iOS is not from there.

    It history begins in 2009, when L5 announced new IP - "Atamania" - series of more simply "brain" games than Layton. 2 of them were  released in Japan on DS and third is being announced as MYSTERY ROOM. At L5 Vision 2011 (2 yrs after annoncement) company said that MYSTERY ROOM is redeveloped for iOS and now with a new name, "Layton Brothers". It's a spin-off, which is just ZERO to main series, lol. There are other spin-offs we know - for ROID service as example, or for cells in Japan. So, nothing new here. I don't know why r you didn't know about this all.

    And... Level 5 developing more that 5 big projects for 3DS right now - Inazuma Eleven GO: Shine/ Dark, Professor Layton X Phoenix Wright (with CAPCOM), Girl's RPG Cinderella, GUILD 01, Fantasy Life, Time Travelers (this one for Vita and PSP too) and Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (fifth game from main series, coming 2012 in US and EU) - more than for any other system in the market. So, think about.

    • http://twitter.com/chaosjay Jason Evans

      Exactly, they basically added "Professor Layton" to the name to get some brand-recognition. Every other website I've seen reporting on this has said it's a rebranding of "Mystery Room", I don't know why TechCrunch seems to have ignored that point. Anyone hoping it's a normal game in the series is going to be disappointed. Level-5 isn't "jumping off the exclusivity ship", they're using a brand name to get attention to a game they feared may have otherwise been ignored.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_Room

      • http://twitter.com/Skyer7 Skyer Ist

        Absolutelly. Articles like this just "making noise from nothing" :/

  • Fabrício Heringer Barbosa

    Wow. This post is as misleading and clueless as an article named "Rage will be an iOS exclusive for a year".

  • http://twitter.com/Skyer7 Skyer Ist

    Fabrício, you are right! Hope author will learn what is MAIN series and other projects: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor_Layton (Oh, God...)

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Interesting to see a big franchise like this go to iOS, but it's clear from the trailer that this is a very much smaller game than the DS releases. 

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Interesting to see a big franchise like this go to iOS, but it's clear from the trailer that this is a very much smaller game than the DS releases. 

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Interesting to see a big franchise like this go to iOS, but it's clear from the trailer that this is a very much smaller game than the DS releases. 

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Interesting to see a big franchise like this go to iOS, but it's clear from the trailer that this is a very much smaller game than the DS releases. 

  • http://twitter.com/Skyer7 Skyer Ist

    Phil Baxte ,of course! It's just a spin-off with different gameplay, another story, etc...

  • Anonymous

    Crikey, where to start.

    Firstly, Nintendo doesn't have an exclusivity deal with Layton - Level-5 self-publishes in Japan, and Nintendo has picked up the series for distribution in the west. Level-5 has always been free to use its IP as it chooses - it just so happens that Layton was a good fit on Nintendo hardware.

    You could argue that its arrival on iOS represents a symbolic changing-of-the-guard, but it's a little early to be making such claims, especially given there's no evidence so far that this is anything other than a spin-off. I hardly think this move means Level-5 is "anxious to jump off the exclusivity ship", as your rather awkward metaphor suggests.

    As for the "fact" that "the Professor Layton games are by far the DS's most successful series - both critically and commercially" - well, five seconds on Google and/or Metacritic would reveal that to be entirely wrong on both counts. 

    • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

      A "quick search on Google" results in many sources conflicting with each other. It doesn't prove or disprove anything.  Sale results posted by Nintendo constantly show Professor Layton as one of it's best sellers, behind various Super Mario and Pokemon games. So technically, you could say it's the most successful titles not owned by Nintendo.

      http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/index.html

      • Anonymous

        "The most successful titles not owned by Nintendo" (and I'd dispute that; even without looking I know Dragon Quest IX has sold more than the Layton games) does not equate to "by far the DS's most successful series - both critically and commercially". Not even close. If you're going to claim something is a "fact", then you should research it first. 

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        That would be partially right. Dragon Quest IX sold more than any one Layton title, but its not a DS exclusive series. DQ IX being the only title in the series to appear on the DS exclusively. The other two DQ DS games debuted on other systems. If you want to compare 3 DQ games on the DS to 5 PL games, then be my guest. I'd like to see those results.

        If by chance you're implying DQIX out sold all the Layton games combined, then you are mistaking. The Layton series sold 11.47 million in February 2011, Dragon Quest IX was at 5.3 mil a month later. Since then The Mask of Miracle has been released in Japan and has been very successful.

        I think you might benefit by taking your own advice and do a little research. To say Professor Layton is "not even close" to be one of the most successful series on the DS is ridiculous. There's already a 6th game for the DS in the works, a spin-off in development for iOS and 2 feature films are in the making. What's your definition of successful?

      • Anonymous

        I'm not implying that DQIX outsold all the Layton games combined, merely that this single release has comfortably outsold the individual tallies of the Layton games. Is it fair to compare several titles against a single one? I don't think so. 

        And I think you might benefit from reading my posts properly. I merely said that your comment about "the most successful titles not owned by Nintendo" was not even close to the initial claim that Layton was "by far the DS's most successful series - both critically and commercially". I never said that Layton was "not even close" to being *one of* the most successful series on the DS, because that would indeed be ridiculous. The game demonstrably *is* a success. It is not, however, "by far the DS's most successful series - both critically and commercially". That suggests it comfortably outstrips every other game ever made for the handheld, which is patently untrue. 

        As others have pointed out, a quick trip to Metacritic and/or Gamerankings is enough to demonstrate that there are many, many DS games with more critical acclaim than the Layton titles. And even combining the sales figures of all Layton games, the total is less than half of the total sales for New Super Mario Bros. DS.

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        My claim is that Professor Layton is one of the most successful series on the DS. The "critically and commercially" quote isn't mine, it belongs to some one else. Please read my comments again. My statement is based on real and current sale reports provided by Nintendo. I gave you a link earlier. Here's another link stating how well PL is selling on the 3DS: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/24185/newsthe-best-selling-3ds-game-is/. The Mask of Miracle out sold all 3DS games upon it's release and it continues to sell well. I provided statistics and links to support my claims. This all might be a misunderstanding because you seem to be confusing my comments with another user, but If you want to
        dispute what I've said, then please provide links of your own showing otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        I'm thinking of moving house soon. Do you think I could call on your services? You seem to be particularly good at shifting goalposts. ;)

        Your initial post seemed to be a riposte to my point about research. If what you're now saying is true about the statements you made and they weren't intended to back up the original argument in the Touch Arcade post, but merely to make some kind of unrelated point, then fair enough. I'm not sure why you would suddenly bring the game's sales into it, that being the case, but there you go.

        Either way, I've already said I'm not denying the Professor Layton games are successful, nor am I saying they haven't sold well. So I'm not entirely sure why you're bringing links into it. It seems you're having an argument about sales with someone who doesn't exist, because I'm certainly not disputing your claims that it has been successful, and haven't done so at any point. 

      • Anonymous

        contrary to popular belief top selling 3rd party franshise for ds is Cooking Mama lmao
        the one released in 2006 sold 4.09 million wich is more than dragon quest and prof Layton then another cooking mama was released in 2007 sold 2.78 million lol
        then their is Mario and sonic at the olymipics wich sold nearly 5 mill
        and currently the top selling 3rd party title on 3ds is street fighter followed by Layton i believe this isn't saying much because 3ds currently does not have alot of 3rd party games but if you ios freaks would take a peak in into the future you will see that in a years time the 3ds will be getting
        Super Mario 3D LandPaper Mario 3DMario and Sonic at the London Olympic Games 2012Mario TennisMario Kart 7Kid Icarus UprisingMetal Gear Solid 3D: Snake EaterSonic Generations 3DSMonster Hunter TriGMonster Hunter 4Tekken 3D Prime EditionBravely Default: Flying FairyLuigi's Mansion 2Fire Emblem 3DAnimal Crossing 3DTheatrhythym Final Fantasykingdom hearts drop dream distance
        Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy
        Beyond the Labyrinth
        Cave Story 3D
        Fantasy Life
        Heroes of Ruin
        Inazuma Eleven Go
        King Of Pirates
        Nano Assault
        New LovePlus
        Rayman Origins
        RollerCoaster Tycoon 3DS

        granted my comment is somewhat biased but i swear if you think there's nothing that intrests you on this list then you must be crazy
        and for those who are familiar with monster hunter should know that is doesint matter what console it's on it will sell like crazy in japan .
        so to conclude yes the 3ds is underperforming and yes the many ipods outsell it by a wide margin and yes it doesint have the greatest line up right now and yess the ps vita is going to be a force to be recond with when it comes out in febuary next year.
        the 3ds has a crazy line up of games and ultimately what defines the success of any dedicated hanheld is nothing but it's games
        and i hate to brake it to ios users you may have 20 good games but the rest are crap and plus the app store undervalues games wich is currently destroying the gaming market

        ps. even if you got the article/ info from another website doesint mean that the information is accurate or current so basically what i'm saying is that you need to check your facts

      • Anonymous

        i forgot monster hunter 4 isn't official releasing in 2012 and i forgot to add 3 other games that level 5 is developing for 3ds but i think you all get the point of my comment  

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        You admit you're biased for 3DS and against iOS, so I don't expect to spend any more time other than make a few points to give you something to think about.

        1. Major gaming studios are making games for iOS devices simply because there is money to be made from it. This means that there is a future in this market. You don't like iOS games, that's cool. Play your games somewhere else.

        2. 3DS isn't selling well because it has a flawed design. You can only experience 3D at 1 angle and it's an eye sore. As a parent, I'm not going to buy a device that hurts my child eyes, I don't care what game comes out for it.

        3. Many of the games you mentioned are available on consoles and other devices. There's not enough exclusive games on 3DS to sway the people who don't want a 3DS and there isn't enough games *currently* to persuade very many people upgrade their old DSi.

        4. Fact checking is great! I provide links so you can see where I got my information. Both the links I posted are from official Nintendo sources. The NPD group is a respected source which I also look at. I think it's ironic how you tell people to check their facts, yet you provide no way for people to check yours. I'm interesting in hearing where you get your information from.

        5. This is my opinion, but the 3Ds isn't the future of gaming. The iOS isn't either for that matter. The future is streaming games to any device with services like OnLive.

        6. It's insulting to call people freaks. It makes you sound like a jerk and makes people respect you less. It also makes it hard for people to believe anything you say. Try being more friendly.

      • Anonymous

        . level 5 is a mayor studio but this Layton game is just an offshoot of the real series in other words most mayor developers aren't brining their top brands to ios wiht top budgets
        2. actualy the 3ds is selling at a faster pace than the xbox 360 and ps3 and is just behind the original ds within the same time period incidently all three were released during the Christmas period while the 3ds was released in march

        it also seems like you are an misinformed parent when it comes to the 3d issue it is more of a miscommunication on the media's part and Nintendo's(protecting their butts from being sued) part because in truth 3d is not harmful to children
        what is does do though is it causes headaches to occur more frequently than watching regular lcd screens this is impart by the increased eye strain

        http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/24976/page2/

        this is also why Nintendo has the 3d slider for those who are worry about nothing or who just get sick from 3d really fast

        technically your not look at an lcd screen for more than an hour and 1/2 straight cause it's not healthy for your eyes lol

        3. actualy i believe only two or 3 of the above mentiond games are multiplatform games and i listed 30 games that is a total of 10 % of all games listed
        you are correct in that currently there arnt much games save Zelda that are worth getting but note what i said above "would take a peak in into the future you will see that in a years time the 3ds" so yhea i was reffering to the future heck in less than a month we will be getting Mario kart nanno assault Mario 3d land ace combat Raymond origin etc.
        4 lol your source showed the best launch title in japan but not worldwide btw i forgot to put my source
        http://www.listal.com/list/bestselling-nintendo-ds-games
        5 i agree 3d gaming is not the future i actualy believe that ios devices are
        6 i called myself biased because in truth i don't like ios devices because off how there destroying the portable market 10-20 years we won't have awesome devices like the ds insted we will have a device that houses games that are meant to use only .1% of the brain yes i'm exaggerating but if a undeserving game like angry birds can sell 60 million then i simply can't support such a platform to conclude i believe that the media is fully responsible for hyping/ bashing a console or game and i believe and yes this is an opinion that they seem to be on Nintendo's case and have made the 3ds situation look a whole lot worse than it actualy is constantly commenting in the negative rather than looking at the positive
        plus a website dedicated to ipods i think it's safe to say that when looking at this game you failed to realize that several games were announced by the same studio during the same conventions for the 3ds

      • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

        1. Street Fighter IV, Scribblenauts, Madden Football, King of Fighters, Sonic, Tecmo Football, Mega Man, Metal Slug, Ghosts'n Goblins, Devil May Cry, Bomberman, Final Fantasy, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Metal Gear, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, Star Wars, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Assassin's Creed are not top brands to you? That's just a short list off the top of my head. Search the app store and you'll find more. I'm not going to search for each game's budget and I doubt you have. Not all big budget games are great and not all great games need a huge budget. Check out some of the Indie games that have been released recently for the iOS.

        2. Sales fluctuate, especially around the holiday season. How well the 3DS doing recently doesn't change the fact that it hasn't done well in the past. If somehow the 3ds out sells every computer device on the planet, I wouldn't be as bitter about it as you seem to be against iOS devices. I in fact happen to like Nintendo and I'd be happy to see them do well.

        Also, let me clarify, I never said the 3ds damaged children's eyes. I'm not a doctor. I said it's an eye sore. I speak from first hand experience of using the device. The flaws of the 3ds is well documented. I don't see any reason to argue this point any further.

        3. More than 2 or 3 of the games, and most certainly the brands, in your list are multiplatform. Adding 3d to a title and maybe adding a level or two more doesn't change the game enough in my mind. 3d is just a gimmick. Even 3d movie sales are on the decline.
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/26/3d-films_n_909165.html

        4. The link you provided isn't reliable. It's a social site and the poster and his/her resources are unknown.

        5. I don't have any argument on this either way.

        6. iOS devices are not destroying the portable game market. It's pushing it further and forcing large portable gaming companies to adapt or be left behind. It can only result to benefit the end user.

        Sorry you don't like iOS devices, but al least you still have your 3ds! I hope it serves you well.

  • http://www.jshamblin.com J.Shamblin

    Awesome news!  First Scribblenauts, soon GTA3, and now Professor Layton! It's a great time to own an iOS device.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7609491 Tim Churchill

    Man, I wish they would release a real Prof. Layton game for iOS.  After watching the trailer, I was just dumbfounded (where was Prof. Layton?) after reading the comments, I now understand that this isn't Prof. Layton at all.

  • Anonymous

    For anyone actually interested in what the best-selling titles in the extensive Nintendo DS game library are: look on, ye Mighty, and despair! http://bit.ly/9DtmlA

    Here you have the top rated DS games based on aggregate review site Game Rankings: http://bit.ly/KOY2y

    Seriously though, who just goes around making bold claims stating, "the fact that the Professor Layton games are by far the DS's most successful series– Both critically and commercially," without fact-checking first?  Whoever wrote that has probably never visited another gaming blog.  For real, I can't stress this enough: Stupid statements like that hurt the credibility of Touch Arcade.

    • scott slomiany

      "Seriously though, who just goes around making bold claims stating, "the
      fact that the Professor Layton games are by far the DS's most successful
      series– Both critically and commercially," without fact-checking
      first? "

      IOS fan-bloggers looking for any tiny shred of evidence that their preferred handheld console is more awesome than other consoles, apparently.

      I mean, really, news that Level-5 is putting out something for IOS. Okay, that's pretty cool. And that's all that is really important. I'm not sure why half of the article needs to be insinuating that Nintendo is in trouble because of this. Again, aside for having "proof" that iphones are awesome and that Nintendo "is failing".

  • Anonymous

    How does Layton compare to Jim and Frank on iOS?

  • http://twitter.com/ApparatusMini Jonathan WOP

    Layton has sold more than Mario? More than Pokemon? More than Dragon Quest? More than Brain Age?

    Eli Hodapp should be fired for his lack of basic journalistic skills.