All of the other titles have been on the regular DS format, can you even play a 3 DS game on those? We have the previous titles, and have been eagerly awaiting this one. My kids are older and don't really play with the DS anymore, so buying a 3 DS sytem would be a waste.
Yes this is a 3DS only game. Nintendo has pretty much moved on to making 3DS games. The last major DS release they have is Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. DS games work on the 3DS but not the other way around due to the systems enhanced power.
OK think about it this way. a dsi has a 133 mhtz processor and now we move to 3ds, which has a dualcore 1.2 ghtz processor. Now you tell me why the ds cant handle 3ds games (i agree they should have made it for the ds though, i don't want to drop 170 for 1 game currently and they released the previous ones ds)
DS is not build to display 3D visals, so the carts were designed not to fit in any DS system. Another non-gaming comparision is that Blu-Ray discs can't play in standard DVD players.
The age of development for the DS is basically over. The 3DS is the successor. Level 5 developed this game for the 3DS in order to advance the franchise by using the new features of the 3DS (better graphics, 3D display, more memory on the game cart). It seems counter-productive to criticize them for not staying in the past.
This stinks! We have two DS in our house and about 45 games. Professor Layton is my daugthers favorite and we have all of the previous Prof. Layton games. I am not about to buy a new 3DS just to get her this game and I am sure there are a lot of other parents who feel same way in this economy.
You could always trade in the DSs and games she no longer plays and get a 3DS. That's how I got mine. I traded in my DSLite and some games I wasn't interested in any longer and only had $35 left to pay towards my 3DS.
If Nintendo is trying to force owners of DS to purchase DS 3D, they are cutting their own throats. I have spent a lot of money on games and am on my 3rd DS because they break. Next time I'll buy something else. Professor Layton is my very favorite, but I'm not spending $169.00 just to be able to purchase a $40.00 game. I'm not stupid. So what happens when they build a better DS and now your 3D won't play the new games?
I agree with you Sharon. I can't stand that we live in such a disposable society. Everything always has to be bigger and better (and cost more)! With the economy the way it is, we just try to get by here. I have a large age span between children, so trading in the DS and games for a new 3DS and then buying only one new game is not an option for me. My youngest would never go along with it. Prof. Layton is the favorite with my oldest, and she has all the others. But she will just have to learn that life is not always fair and that this is the way that big corporations operate.
Well, since the box says it can be played in 2D and I can't return the game, I'm sawing off the little protrusion that keeps the cart from fitting in my DS-XL and seeing if that works. Wish me luck on my $40 experiment. I'll edit my post to let you know how things turned out.
Oh well, it did not work. There's nothing inside the little protrusion, just a void. So... the game cart has been programmed not to recognize anything but the 3D player. Whatever. What Jerks!
Well we already see what happens when they build a better DS... Jerks could have just stopped making the old game player and waited for the ones out there to break down. Impatience for the dollar is what we have here.
These last few comments leave me completely baffled. Of course trying to make a 3DS game work in the DS won't work, the 3DS uses superior technology to that of the DS. It is NOT just a DS with 3D built in. Any game on the 3DS can be "played in 2D" by turning the 3D slider all the way down to off. The DS has been out since 2004, although variations have been introduced along the way (Lite, DSi, DSi XL). 3DS is NOT a variation. It's a completely new system, although it is still backwards compatible with DS games. If Nintendo had never made advancements in portable technology, we'd all still be playing low res, black and white, blurry Nintendo Gameboy games. Or more likely, we wouldn't, as we would have grown sick of them in the early 90s.
If you (or your kids) don't really play much with your DS and are only interested in this game, how is that Nintendo's fault? Or perhaps that's a reason to buy a 3DS, as you or your kids have grown tired of the older DS system. There hasn't been any successful franchise that's only stayed on one system once a more advanced system has come out. Otherwise, we'd still be playing Mario games on the Nintendo Entertainment System that came out in 1985.
I agree it can be hard to keep up with technology, but believe it or not, this usually doesn't apply to game systems, which often have a 5 to 10 year life span. Personal Computers already offer 6 times the power of current hardware consoles, the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Obviously, most people aren't going to spend thousands of dollars on a gaming PC. Smart phones are being constantly upgraded, and cost a lot, yet there are millions of people who can't seem to live without one. If you're willing to pay for those or already have one, there are plenty of cheap $1-$5 games you can buy , although you'll still need to check if your phone can run them.
As a heads up, the next generation of Nintendo consoles, the Wii U, will be available on November 18th. It too is a whole new system, much more advanced than the Wii, but it is backwards compatible with Wii games (through a system update when connecting to the internet). Don't accidentally buy a Wii U game thinking it will work on the Wii, because it won't.
Were any of you people around when the Gameboy was phased out for the Gameboy Advance? PS2 for PS3? The 3DS is not an incremental upgrade like a DSi or iPad 2, it's the next generation of Nintendo handheld. Yes, Nintendo will release another one in 6 or 7 years, that's kind of how video games don't stagnate.
You killed me with your lack of knowledge of anything you're talking about, so let me try to make that knowledge accurate:
First off, the NEW system is called 'Nintendo 3DS' (3DS for short, duh), it plays DS software along with DSiWare and games made exclusively made for the 3DS on the Nintendo eShop and at retail. Secondly, you don't have to buy a 3DS if you don't want too. 3DS consoles are built incredibly better then the DS Lite, so if that third DS of yours breaks; upgrade to the 3DS/3DS XL. (which is only $30 then the smaller, original model!) Lastly, if a new system comes out in the DS brand; it'll be most likely another upgrade of the 3DS. In the slight chance that Nintendo makes another line of new systems, there's no reason why it wouldn't have backward compatibility with at least 3DS software.
Well look at it this way also... If the 3D cart is able to be played in 2d then it should be able to be played in 2d on the DS as well. If you want to believe the manuf. could NOT have made this happen you are blinded by what the tech's tell you to believe.
>If the 3D cart is able to be played in 2d then it should be able to be played in 2d on the DS as well
Are you actually reading what people are aiming at you? Because I don't think you are. The 3DS has much superior technology inside it, the 3DS Layton game is not possible on the DS, the game wouldn't be able to load/render, as the graphics are too advanced.
The 2D/3D function, again you don't understand. Turning up the 3D means to play games in 3D you know. Turning off the 3D function, you still play 3 dimensional games, just not in 3D lol
By the way, if people are finding these Layton whiners ridiculus on here, look on Amazon UK if you need a good laugh, lots of people 1 starring the game and Amazon UK refuses to remove their reviews despite the people in question not owning the game. Makes me wonder what the criteria is to be honest.
Why are you repeating the same nonsense? It's not about what Nintendo says, or what Reggie says, heck its not about what Level 5 or anyone related to Nintendo says. It's about the friggin Hardware.
The Nintendo DS hardware is roughly 8 years old now, and is slightly less advanced than a Nintendo 64. The Nintendo 3DS has hardware roughly on the level of the Wii inside it, the Nintendo DS can not properly render 3D character models/visuals because it simply does not have the power.
It seems most of these Layton whiners are female. Pity you're degrading girl gamers with these comments lol
Why is everyone so surprised? Nintendo has decided to release their newest game for their newest console.
Aside from the 3D, there are many reasons why this game couldn't work on the DS. Some puzzles rely on the circle pad - this is a control method the DS doesn't have. The extra capacity of the 3DS allows the game to have more puzzles. Example: there are 365 downloadable puzzles instead of the usual 25. All the puzzles make use of the wider 3DS top screen.
The constant DS enhancements over the years have really led to non-gamers being confused by the fact that this is fundamentally more powerful hardware. The problem is that the 3DS still has a "DS" in the name, just like the last 4 entries in the original DS hardware line. To their thinking, the 3DS is just the latest in the long stream of DS hardware: Nintendo DS, DS lite, DSi, DSi XL... this sort of thinking is unfortunately what led one poor sap in this thread to ruin a perfectly good Miracle Mask cart by sawing off the protrusion when he could have instead sold the game for 35+ dollars online and made most of his money back.