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Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright Match Wits on 3DS

At a press conference in Tokyo, Level 5 has just announced Layton Kyouju VS Gyakuten Saiban, the Japanese name for a new 3DS game that they are developing as a franchise crossover between Level 5's own Professor Layton and Capcom's Phoenix Wright.  Level 5 has announced that they will be developing this fanboy's wet dream in collaboration with Capcom.  Attentive fans may remember that the two companies recently teased that they would be cooperating on a project; this appears to be the fruits of their labor.  
The game, which is written by Phoenix Wright creator Shu Takumi, will feature the two title characters exploring the mysterious Labyrinth City to stop a new villain known as "The Story Teller", according to the game's official website. The gameplay is said to be a "combination of puzzles and crime mystery" that Level 5 president Akihiro Hino compares to "two TV shows getting together to make a movie", ala " The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones". Joining the lead characters from each franchise will be their loyal sidekicks Luke Triton and Maya Fey, respectively.
A Japanese trailer has been released on the official site, which we've included below.  In the trailer, Professor Layton accuses a girl of being a witch, a statement that her defense attorney seems to disagree with. The trailer then goes on to reveal scenes of the characters exploring their new environment and working together. The game seems to utilize voiced cutscenes similar to the Professor Layton series, and an emphasis on contradicting storiesy and mind-bending puzzles common to each franchise. The game has not yet been announced for release in North America, but if anything changes, we'll keep you posted.


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