But with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, some fans are wondering if now is finally the time for Layton to make its debut on home console. The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing.
Well, it turns out the developers at Level-5 are working on a Layton game on Nintendo Switch - but they're running into a design problem they have yet to solve. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock...
The Professor Layton series of games have enjoyed huge success on the Nintendo 3DS, but have so far steered clear of home consoles, largely due to the touchscreen-dependent Layton gameplay.
Publisher Level-5 has not been slow to realise the problem, and were experimenting with spin-off game Layton Brothers: Mystery Room as early as 2012.But this is the first time a mainline entry has appeared on a smart device, and not only that but it’s done so before the 3DS release this autumn.The main character in the Professor Layton games is Professor Hershel Layton, a renowned archaeologist and professor at Gressenheller University, as well as a polite and well-spoken gentleman.He is called to solve various mysteries in different places, due to his connections to various people and his large range of expertise.The subsequent three games and the film are prequels, focusing on how Luke and Layton met and their original adventures.
Each title is based on a series of puzzles and mysteries given by the citizens of towns that the main characters visit.The series focuses on Professor Hershel Layton, an archaeologist, and his apprentice, Luke Triton, and their investigations into various mysterious towns.Often, they encounter people who require the player to solve puzzles or brain teasers in exchange for small trinkets or picarats, which is the score system used within the games.It is not necessary to solve all the puzzles to progress, but some are mandatory, and at certain points in the game a minimum number of puzzles must be solved before the story can continue.Lifetime cumulative sales of Professor Layton games are at 10 million units sold as of October 2010.Nintendo has no need to rush such a decision, but the uncertainty does leave third party 3DS franchises in an awkward position.