(Credit: Nintendo/Level 5)

Reboots, remasters, and reimaginings used to be just a movie thing, then it became a TV thing, and now it's bled into games as well. There's a whole generation of gamers who grew up in the 80's and 90's and now have the disposable income to buy a little slice of nostalgia. Nintendo, one of the kings of this age, has been paying attention while also making targeted advances into Android and iOS.

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We've gotten Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, and others -- and now Gamasutra reports that we have another Nintendo classic that you probably didn't expect: an iOS and Android port of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a puzzle-adventure game that originally came out worldwide on the Nintendo DS in 2008. Both versions are $10, which is relatively high for a mobile game -- but there are no in-app transactions, thankfully.

A product of developer Level 5, which would make eight more Layton games -- not to mention Ni no Kuni and two Dragon Quest titles -- this first game in the series went on to sell several million copies and helped build Level 5's reputation as a high-caliber Nintendo DS developer.

However, Level 5 has a respectably long history on mobile phones and tablets, dating back to 2012 with Layton Brothers: Mystery Room. It's since cranked out 14 games for Android, iOS, or both -- while still releasing other titles for Windows, the Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and 4, and lately the Nintendo Switch.

Roughly half of its releases have come out only in Japan, but the Professor Layton series has been a notable exception. Only Phantom Thieves was limited to the Japan market, so the latest release's availability worldwide isn't a huge surprise. The surprising part is that it's a port rather than a brand-new entry in the series.

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On the other hand, testing the waters with a port is much less risky than a fully new Layton game. With this type of release, the developers mainly focus on just making the game work on a different device, rather than updating artwork, music, or other game content. This approach costs a lot less money, and it takes a lot less time.

However, the port for Curious Village is labeled as "Layton: Curious Village in HD," indicating that the artwork has been updated to show more detail, since current mobile phones can put a lot more pixels on their screens than a Nintendo DS.

If the iOS and Android port of Professor Layton and the Curious Village ends up selling well, though, it's likely that we'll see more ports from the Nintendo DS -- and maybe even an all-new addition to the franchise.

The takeaways

  • Nintendo and game developer Level 5 have re-released the classic Nintendo DS game Professor Layton and the Curious Village, this time for Android and iOS.
  • It costs $10 on each platform, but it's gotten visually refreshed for an HD world, and there are no in-app purchases.

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Tom McNamara is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He mainly covers Windows, mobile and desktop security, games, Google, streaming services, and social media. Tom was also an editor at Maximum PC and IGN, and his work has appeared on CNET, PC Gamer, MSN.com, and Salon.com. He's also unreasonably proud that he's kept the same phone for more than two years.