Reason number 14 why the Nintendo 3DS is having an incredible year in 2017: a new Professor Layton game! Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy is a mouthful of a title, but it’s out today on Nintendo 3DS. It’s available via retail and digital download on the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.
This time players take on the role of Professor Layton’s daughter Katrielle, who has taken up the family business of investigating mysteries and solving puzzles. Her father is missing, and Katrielle embarks on a quest along with her assistant Ernest Greeves and her first client Sherl, a “talking dog with a sarcastic demeanor but a loyal heart.” Fantastic.
Here is the official description for Layton’s Mystery Journey:
Investigation, observation and lateral thinking are key skills that players will need in order to guide Katrielle and her companions through the many puzzles and challenges that await. Gameplay revolves around exploring London, chatting with the colorful local residents and business people you encounter, investigating areas of interest to find clues, hint coins and other items, and of course tackling the numerous puzzles that will pop up along the way. The game features twelve different cases, which tie together into an overarching story featuring the seven Dragons – the “millionaires” of the game’s title – who are enigmatic and influential figures in the city of London. What conspiracy could they be hiding? It’s up to Katrielle to find out!
Layton’s Mystery Journey will feature more puzzles than any previous Layton game in the series. Bonus downloadable puzzles will be available daily for an entire year starting today. Layton’s Mystery Journey will also feature three unlockable minigames, collectibles to find, and customization options for dressing up Katrielle and decorating her agency.
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy is out today. It’s rated E for Everyone with Comic Mischief, Mild Language, and Mild Violence.
Japanese RPG sequel Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is coming January 19, 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4. You can pre-order the game starting today and receive the Day One Edition. The Day One Edition comes with the Special Swords Set, which includes five unique blades.
A number of different version are available for pre-order. In addition to the Special Swords Set, the Digital Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive theme and five avatars for PlayStation 4. You also get the Season Pass and yet another sword. The Season Pass will provide access to “two large pieces of DLC,” which have yet to be detailed or announced.
The $79.95 Premium Edition comes with special packaging including a Steelbook case. It also includes the Special Swords Set, 3D papercraft Kit, and soundtrack on CD. Strangely the Season Pass does not appear to be included.
Finally you can plump down $199.99 for the Collector’s Edition. The Collector’s Edition includes everything in the Premium Edition, plus a Making-of Blu-Ray, a Visual Arts book, Lofty Plush, Chibi Mechanical Rotating Diorama, and the Season Pass.
Ni no Kuni II is the sequel to 2013’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for PlayStation 3. The JRPG was praised for its writing, characters, and beautiful animation; the cutscenes were produced by beloved Japanese animated Studio Ghibli.
The sequel takes place hundreds of years after the first game, in a world made up of humans as well as anthropomorphized cats and mice. It stars Evan, a young prince who is recently deposed and must rebuild his kingdom. The sequel will not be involved with Studio Ghibli but will aim to fulfill the same style and animation the first game was praised for.
Ni no Kuni II was originally announced in 2015 and was recently delayed to early next year. Developer Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino posted a video announcing the delay last month.
The sequel has not yet been rated, but the first game squeaked by with an E for Everyone with a number of content descriptors. Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is due out January 19, 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is launching this fall for Nintendo 3DS. It’s the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, after last year’s Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Similiar to the upcoming launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters includes an extended version of the game with new quests, new Yo-Kai, new locations, and an improved co-op mode. An exact release date has not yet been announced.
Nintendo has revealed some details about what’s included in this new version:
- 15 Wicket Yo-Kai; now you can befriend the boss monsters from Yo-Kai Watch 2, bringing the total number of playable Yo-Kai to over 300.
- 12 new quests, including exploring the origins of Darknyan, bringing the total quest count to over 100.
- New locations, including the new Gera Gera Resort.
- Expanded version of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters co-op mode, with new bosses.
If you still have save data from Bony Spirits and/or Fleshy Souls, you can also gain access to new dungeons. These dungeons hold special bosses and exclusive Yo-Kai to befriend. Unfortunately Yo-Kai Watch 2’s co-op mode is still local play only.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 features the same gameplay and many of the same locations as the first game, released in North America in 2015. The basic concept is a Pokémon-like collect-a-thon, but with a unique 3-party battle system and a modern setting.
All three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 have been available in Japan since 2014, with Yo-Kai Watch 3 releasing in Japan last year.
Given my lackluster experience with the sequel, I’m not sure Psychic Specters is worth a return trip to Springdale. But often these extended/remixed versions become the definitive version. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters could be a solid way to play through if you missed Yo-Kai Watch 2 the first time.