Here is an awesome CG Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Debut English Announcement Trailer (USA).
However the game was over halfway finished when it was completely scrapped in order to be built-up again to fully take advantage of the Nintendo 3DS system and it’s built-in, glasses-free, stereoscopic 3D graphics. It was eventually released as a launch game for the 3DS in Japan on February 26th, 2011, and was the best-selling launch game, with sales of 117,000 copies+ sold on launch day.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask ties into the Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva CG film, and takes place before the events of the original DS trilogy and the first game in the series (Professor Layton and the Curious Village). That’s because Miracle Mask is the second game in the “Prequel Series” that got its start with Professor Layton and the Last Specter released in 2011.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is the first 3DS game in the series and, as such, will take advantage of the stereoscopic 3D graphics of the system. It is also 3D in other ways however, being the first game in the series to be rendered in polygonal 3D with polygonal 3D in-game graphics. As well as polygonal 3D minigames, which gives them a completely different feel than previous entries in the series.
Additionally, the characters now have a “bobble-head”-style of movement that is quite jarring and, quite frankly, insanely ugly looking, as you can see in this video of the Japanese version in action.
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will feature a whopping 150 Puzzles to solve built-in, with an additional 365 DLC Puzzles available to download for free, post-release. These will be released at one-a-day for an ENTIRE YEAR after the game hits stores! Like with all new 3DS releases, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be available to buy at launch in either digital or physical form.
Here is the announcement of the game from the Nintendo Direct Press Conference, skip to 6:10 in the video to see the first polygonal 3D minigames and a bit of gameplay for the title.
Last but not least, hopefully Nintendo will commission a digital release of Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, redubbed with the English voice-acting cast, and released via the Nintendo eShop and/or Nintendo Video; so fans can finally see the film how it was originally meant to be watched. The film is now available in the U.S. via Viz Media (released last year) on DVD, however the film was not redubbed with the American voice actors.