Fourth Layton Game a Huge Success in Japan

With just a little over a week removed since its launch in Japan, Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute has managed to capture the imaginations of thousands of fans.  The first game in the series’ second trilogy has thus far sold 306,000 copies and counting.  News of the game’s success should come as no surprise considering none of the games in the series have yet to disappoint.

The Professor Layton series manages to combine puzzle-solving, adventure, and story-telling elements all onto one little DS game cart, and considering the games are of the utmost quality for the most part, it’s easy to see why the fourth installment in the Layton franchise has done so well in just one week.

While the fourth game is selling out in Japan and a fifth game is being produced, those outside of the Land of the Rising Sun have only been presented with the first two Layton games.  The sequels will undoubtedly see international releases, but nothing has been specified just yet.

Is it surprising that Professor Layton and the Devil’s Flute has reached such wide acclaim in so little time?  Will the series eventually lose its luster?  Or is it just one of those franchises that has enough compelling and engaging gameplay that it will always be cherished by many?

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