Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask News for 3DS

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Nintendo is offering a free downloadable game to anyone who purchases a 3DS XL between now and January 15, 2013.

And the best news is, if you already own a 3DS XL, you're entitled to a free game too.

Players who register their console with Club Nintendo before January 15, 2013 can choose from one of five digital games for free, including Super Mario 3D Land, Freakyforms Deluxe Your Creations, Alive!, New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, and Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique.

Once you've registered your 3DS XL, head to the Nintendo eShop between January 1, 2013 and January 31, 2013 to download your free game.

Be aware, though, that the offer is only valid in the UK & Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Russia.

Super Mario 3D Land is our pick of the bunch, being one of the handheld's standout titles. But if you've already picked that up, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is a worthy alternative.

Nintendo's latest console, Wii U, goes on sale across the UK this Friday.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

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tvr77@ rbevanx

Its possible but i really hope your wrong. I love my Vita! it is a very good piece of kit, there is no denying it.
The only thing wrong is that not enough people own them. It has so much potential to give but its a catch 22, without the numbers nobody is going to want to sink a butt load of cash into developing games when they know the vita install base is so small and gamers wont buy them because the key games are not there.

Is it worth the risk? i think so but a lot obviously don't.
Posted 15:29 on 29 November 2012
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rbevanx@ tvr77

It depends if they are making a loss on the console or a loss on giving the games away which Sony will still have to pau Ubi Soft etc to do that.

At the end of the day they can't keep doing this method unless they are seriously thinking about cutting their loss and accept that the vita hasn't got a long term future and trying to get as much money as possible from their current assets to get some of their investment back.

It depends next year if they...

1) Release another couple of AAA titles like Resistence, COD and Assassin's Creed etc.
2) Concentrate on smaller games or conversions
3) Very few new games are announced.

I personally think the Vita has a very limited future but I don't care even though I have just bought one, as I bought it for the games and consider it "given to me" because of the games.
Like I said great for short term for you and me but long term I think it will be done next xmas.
Posted 12:18 on 29 November 2012
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I love PSN+ and all the free games it offers, even though I have a rubbish and expansive net connection and don't tend to download any of the deals, but I have to say I do find it puzzling how so many newer games (flagship games even) managed to make it onto the list. Vita for example... Chronovolts, yes, I agree, but Uncharted and Gravity Rush?
Posted 12:14 on 29 November 2012
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tvr77@ rbevanx

Yes i agree, games do sell consoles but i just think for an already struggling console giving away free content could encourage more customers who are thinking of buying one to make the leap. They don't have much to lose and at this point selling consoles is more important than some of the software sales.
Posted 12:07 on 29 November 2012
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rbevanx@ tvr77

Software sells the console from what I can remember.

Happend with PS2 when they had GTA 3 and with 360 when they had exclusives.

Also giving away games might be a sign for some people that the console is on it's last legs already.
I remember a similar scenario with the Dreamcast where they were offering DVD players with the console trying to compete with the PS2 and Chu Chu Rocket etc.
I smell the same thing with the Vita.

Great for gamers who sort of get a console for free if they are gonna play the games anyway and already have PSN+.
Not great for Sony, like it wasn't great for Sega.
Posted 11:21 on 29 November 2012
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CheekyLee@ BC_Animus

I would actually be SO all over that! Going hunting for Rancors? SOLD!
Posted 11:16 on 29 November 2012
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tvr77@ MJTH

I don't think giving games away is a bad thing for a console that's trying to draw in consumers, its about making it more appealing to those who don't already own one. Software means nothing if nobody owns the consoles to play it on.
Posted 16:07 on 28 November 2012
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Speaking of Monster Hunter would anyone here play a Star Wars edition of it? Hunt and skin ewoks and crafting weapons out of chewbarka bones mmmm?
Posted 15:47 on 28 November 2012
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MJTH@ BC_Animus

Monster hunter 3 gold came out in Japan very late last year on 3DS. A localisation was officially announced in a UK Nintendo direct, a couple months back, for the game. It's now called MH: 3 Ultimate edition. A Wii U version of MH:3UE is supposed to come out, as well at the same time, and the Wii U version has been getting a lot more coverage on news sites. But the localisation of the 3DS one is happening and will be out Q1 next year in the west.

As for Monster hunter 4 (a 3DS exclusive, for now) apart from it's announcement, a couple trailers and few details of climbing mechanics and stuff, there has been no official release dates for that in any region.
Posted 14:52 on 28 November 2012
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BC_Animus@ MJTH

I don't know, I kinda wanted the circle pad pro because of Monster Hunter. One of the main reasons I got the 3DS early btw. WHEN is Monster Hunter coming out anyways? Haven't heard anything more about it since before the console launched. Or is it out in Japan already and not getting an English localisation?
Posted 14:22 on 28 November 2012
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I got an XL at launch. Much better placement for the Stylus and better Start/Home/Select buttons.

So the free game is a bonus. I'll go for Layton. Been meaning to pick that game up :D
Posted 14:10 on 28 November 2012
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MJTH@ BC_Animus

I doubt a built in circle pad will ever, happen. Nintendo doesn't want to segregate the 3DS install base and alienate the 21 million current 3DS owners. Beside there are very few games use the circle pad pro, and the majority of the games that do (Kid Icarus, RE: revelations, MH:3G), all seem to have fine control schemes without the circle pad. I think it was a mistake to release the circle pad pro to begin with, Nintendo should of just stuck to their guns with the design to begin with.

Also, I thought as long as you saved the SD card data on a computer from the original 3DS, then copied the data onto the SD card of a newer 3DS, you would not lose anything. I don't have many big SD cards at home, (the largest one being my 3DS 4GB card). I copy my 3DS save data to a computer a lot, so I can shuffle files on a digital camera, then paste the data back. I haven't had a problem with loss of data as of yet. May I ask what data was lost when you transferred/ upgraded?
Posted 13:57 on 28 November 2012
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munkee@ pblive

Game should let you :)

I find the 3D is more usable, the screen size is a lot nicer, the weight is perfect and the battery life seems to go on forever (compared to the 3DS).

Probably a case of personal preference. I just prefer the XL :)
Posted 13:37 on 28 November 2012
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BC_Animus@ munkee

I bought a 3DS XL last weekend. I personally think its a lot better than the original 3DS model.

I loved the original DSi XL, but I thought the 3DS XL was kinda disappointing with its lack of a built-in circle pad pro controls. Having said that, 3D appears to be more stable on the bigger screen, and the stalus is more accessible and less annoying to use now.

Btw not all of my downloads transfered over, and I had to redownload some of the content from the store, losing some saved games/highscores in the process.
Posted 13:29 on 28 November 2012


Yeah, that's a good point, but I'd probably need to trade in my 3DS at the time. Although, now I think about it, I may be able to ask the guys in GAME if I can transfer there and then at the store.
Posted 12:51 on 28 November 2012

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Release Date: 26/10/2012
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Adventure
Rating: TBC
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