Love Sunday Nintendo release dates. :) Anyone picked up Professor Layton today? I got a few puzzles into it (Puzzle #11), and so far, I'm enjoying it. The art direction is Level 5 caliber beautiful, and the addition of cutscenes and voice acting -- the latter of which is something I understand wasn't even featured in the Japanese version -- gives the world and its characters a more personable edge. The music is fairly low-key, but effective; the dreary accordian/vibraphone melodies are quite befitting for the old-fashioned European setting. The progression of puzzles has been moving along at a brisk pace, and the puzzles themselves are challenging in a nice, lateral thinking way. The "Hint" system feels reminiscent to Zack & Wiki's, where you use your earned coins to get a little 'outside' help; I admit to having to use all three hints on Puzzle #9's "One Poor Pooch" -- I simply couldn't do it myself. >_<
If the puzzles continue to be as fresh and innovative as they've been, and if the plot keeps up its level of intrigue, then Layton will be an easy recommendation for anyone who digs these brainteaser type of games.