Level-5 is Figuring Out How to Bring the Layton Series to the Switch

Level-5, in an interview with Eurogamer voiced some of their struggles with upcoming projects. The developer company is currently looking into the possibility of bringing their famous Layton series onto the Nintendo Switch. One of the biggest problems that the developers are facing is how one would play the game while the Switch is docked.

“I played Zelda. I love the Switch. I think it’s amazing hardware. The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock… we’re trying to figure out how that would play into it.” – Akihiro Hino

While this issue would cause quite a setback to the next entry into the Layton series, it is possible that Level-5 will figure out how to use the Switch’s docked mode to their advantage. Stay tuned to Nintendo Prime for any further Nintendo E3 news.

Source: Eurogamer

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  • Marandahir

    Some games for Switch like VOEZ only work in handheld mode. They could go that route if they want to move quickly and port recent titles. But I also think that there’s great value to the Switch’s versatility, and Level-5 is the sort of company that would wrestle with that hard question. I’m confident that if they can’t figure out how to make it work in docked mode, they’ll release it as handheld mode only, rather than not porting it at all. But I think this is the great highlight of the biggest issue the Switch faces: it drops the second screen that the Wii U, 3DS, 2DS, and DS all share. It means playing various games – from Pokémon to Virtual Console to Professor Layton, have to be completely rethought in order to work on this particular hardware. It’s a bit less intuitive than the dual screen games for these types of titles, but it’s not impossible to do. What did we do for point-and-click adventure and puzzle games before we had dedicated touch screens? I think you know where I’m going.