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Professor Layton has been asked to investigate mysterious happenings in the city of Montdol, where a gentleman wearing the eponymous Mask has been wreaking havoc on the town.
That is, in the present, anyway. The game also has segments involving a high school age Layton, whose experiences in the past are key to solving his present mystery.
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- Art Evolution: Outside of cutscenes, characters are actually modeled in cel-shaded 3D. Understandable, considering the platform.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Lando and Layton are shown doing this in the second trailer.
- Cel Shading: Done in order to simulate the hand-drawn look of previous Layton games while taking advantage of the new hardware.
- Cool Horse: Layton rides one in the most recent trailer. (Though we don't really know much about the horse yet, it automatically qualifies for the trope because...come on, it's being ridden by Professor Layton.)
- Cool Mask: The Mask of Miracle allows the wearer to turn people to stone and control gravity.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Officer(?) Bluemile/Brummel/BURUMAIRU
- Face Heel Turn: Lando
- Funny Afro: Layton in the flashbacks.
- Gratuitous English: "Mask of Miracle"? Thankfully, it's been confirmed to be a tentative title, and the awkward wording of dialogue in the English pre-release screenshots further implies that these translations are just tentative.
- The game's Anime Theme Song "Mysterious Flower" is the first song in the series to have any English in it save the title of "iris".
- Killer App: Was this for the 3DS upon launch in Japan, outselling Nintendogs, Street Fighter, Ridge Racer, and Samurai Warriors games.
- Nice Hat: Played straight during the sequences taking place in the present, of course. This trope is also averted during sections taking place in the past, as Layton doesn't have his famous hat yet. He does, however, have THE COOLEST AFRO OF ALL TIME.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Mysterious Flower," which is a slightly edited version of a song by Japanese singer/songwriter Yumi Matsutoya.
- Taken for Granite: The trailer shows a lot of people turning to stone.
- Teen Genius: Layton, during flashback sections.
- The Un-Reveal: After the credits, Descole is unmasked by Broneph, but Descole's servant throws a smoke bomb and saves him before Broneph (and the player) can see his face.
- Video Game 3D Leap: Two of them! Not only is this the first Layton game for the Nintendo 3DS, it's also the first to feature rendered characters and environments.