DS Detective Series Coming Stateside via Aksys (Updated with Screenshots)

Cementing its position as one the top niche publishers on the DS, Aksys Games announced it will be bringing a long-running detective adventure series to North America next spring, in addition to previously-announced DS effort Super Dodgeball Brawlers.

Titled Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles and developed by Arc System Works, the game includes three different murder mysteries to investigate and solve. Similar to Capcom's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series and Cing's Hotel Dusk, both on DS, it is billed as an "interactive digital novel" centered around branching dialog and puzzle solving. Aksys released Japanese-language screenshots today, and promise Jake Hunter will retail at an affordable $19.99 price point.

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"Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles is the latest in a growing genre of games that places its focus on fantastic storytelling and character development," noted Aksys project lead Bo deWindt. "It's a great diversion for gamers seeking to test their powers of deduction and reasoning as opposed to their trigger fingers."

Known in Japan as Tantei Jinguji Saburo, the Data East-created series has appeared on numerous platforms, including the NES, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PSP, and Saturn, but has never before been localized into English.