Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Launches Feb. 28, 2014

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is set to launch on February 28, 2014, on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS. For more info, check out the official press release below, containing a couple puzzles of its own, and our full (spoiler-free) review.

By the way, we want to know how fast it will take you to discover and solve the PR’s hidden puzzles, so let us know in the comments as soon as you do!

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PRESS RELEASE

Travel the World with Professor Layton in His Puzzling New Nintendo 3DS Adventure

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the Final Chapter in the Series’ Second Trilogy

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Puzzles can appear in the most unlikely of places – take this press release, for example. Yes, it is announcing the upcoming launch of Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy for Nintendo 3DS in stores and on the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 28, but it is also contains two puzzles that are ready for solving. Can you break the code and reveal the hidden messages?

Discovering secrets and solving mind – bending puzzles is wHat Professor Layton does best. In the Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy game, Professor Layton and his faithful assistants Luke and Emmy board the airship Bostonius and journey to locations all over the world as they solve the grEatest puzzle mankind has ever faced. Their globe – spanning quest to uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization takes them to such exotic and mysterious locations as the snow – covered town of Froenborg and the lush jungles of Phong Gi .

The enteRtaining and challenging puzzles the series is known for return in Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, only this time, these puzzles are more directly themed to the locations in which they’ve been found. One puzzle in Froenborg may ask players to identify the differences in crystal – like snowflakes, for instance, while a Metro – based puzzle will appear while traveling the buSy streets of London . In addition to more than 150 new puzzles in the game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy features a new downloadable SpotPass puzzle every day for a year for players with a wireless Internet connection, beginning on Feb . 28 .

“Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is a must-have for longtime fans of the series who are excited to complete this latest trilogy of games . It is also a great starting point for first-time gamers looking to challenge themselves to the game’s wide variety of puzzles,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing . “The game is one of the many full, robust experiences that can only be found on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems . ”

In Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, players progress the twisting story by completing puzzles that include riddles, brainteasers and sHort, high – spirited action sequences. In addition to encountering the game’s numerous puzzles during the main story, other puzzles can be discovered by exploring the environment or speaking with certain characters. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is full of memorable new characters, as well as familiar favorites who make surprising returns.

As they explore the detailEd environments, players can find certain items on the screen like a pair of skis or a golden apple. There are 100 items in total scattered throughout the game’s world, and players can assign any three of these items as a challenge. These challenges are then sent via StreetPass to other players who are playing Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy and who have the StreetPass feature enabled. Once players who have accepted a challenge locate all of the items in the scavenger hunt, they will get reward points which can be traded for excLusive in – game items.

For more information about Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, visit http://professorlayton.nintendo.com/azran-legacy/.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.2 billion video games and more than 669 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at http://www.nintendo.com.

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