Akihiro Hino has admitted that he remade Professor Layton And The Mask Of Miracle for 3DS to ensure that it would be the best game in the series.
Mask Of Miracle, the second game in the Professor Layton prequel trilogy, was originally conceived as a 2D game for the original DS but having seen what other companies where presenting at E3 last year, Hino decided to remake the game for the new 3D console. According to Hino, Level 5's work has resulted in the best game in the series so far.
"The Professor Layton series was originally a 2D game, so Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle at E3 was made to look pseudo-3D," Hino told Nintendo President Satoru Iwata during the latest Iwata Asks discussion.
"But when I saw what other companies were releasing at E3, I started to wonder if that would really be all right. If I were a customer, and I were buying software at the same time as a Nintendo 3DS system, I'd want it to be software that utilised the hardware's unique qualities."
Hino added. "So I thought I'd have to remake the Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle into something more "whoa"-worthy. I'm glad I saw those other products at E3. If I hadn't, it would have been something completely different. The background looks like anime, but it's all in 3D. The volume of the content is also at its finest, and I think it's the best Professor Layton game yet."
He believes that the changes to the game makes it feel unlike any Layton game you will have played before. "Thanks to the Nintendo 3DS system, the puzzles in this game are all brand new, and I think you'll feel as though you're playing something completely new, something no one's ever seen before. It's jammed with the fascination that its creators had with the new Nintendo 3DS hardware."
Professor Layton And The Mask Of Miracle will be a 3DS launch game in Japan. However, we may have to wait a while for it to be released over here as it is the follow-up to Professor Layton And The Spectre's Flute, the first game in the prequel trilogy which has yet to be released in Europe.