While today’s Nintendo Direct was filled with game details and announcements in North America and Europe, it’s always worth taking a look at Nintendo’s home country of Japan to see what reveals were made there. While there wasn’t a huge amount changed, there are a few intriguing differences.

For starters, Level-5 shared the latest on Professor Layton sequel Lady Layton, which seems like a very worthy successor with brain-bending puzzles and unique characters (including what looks like a talking dog sidekick!)

Level-5 also showcased a trailer for its upcoming cross-media franchise Snack World, which looks to be a very bizarre fantasy 3DS RPG in a world that crosses smartphones and shopping marts with dragons and Medusa.

Dragon Quest X and XI got the spotlight too, with the footage of the MMO running on the Switch and more being shared of the latter’s 3DS iteration. Sadly it seems like no news was given regarding its planned Switch version.

Capcom also chimed in with a very brief snippet of The Great Ace Attorney 2, which will no doubt pull at the heartstrings of western fans of the franchise who just want to see the first game come over.

Two other third parties also contributed – Marvelous Entertainment discussed a Switch Senran Kagura game by scientifically emulating jiggle physics with a flan (yes, really), while Koei Tecmo confirmed Nights of Azure 2 for Nintendo’s latest system.

Finally there’s a very short sizzle reel for a few of Atlus’ upcoming games, including Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Journey and Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology.

If you want to check out more Japanese trailers you can view them over at Nintendo Japan’s YouTube channel.

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Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.

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