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Level-5 top character

Level-5's most famous character is... the Aero Porter?


Um, what?
Jun 26
To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Level-5 held a fan poll to find out what the current favorite was amongst their colorful stable of characters. As many people know, Professor Layton is a popular Level-5 franchise, alongsi... read
BUGS vs. TANKS! review photo
Honey, we shrunk the soldiers
The idea of shrinking objects and placing them into ridiculous situations is not new. But in the case of Comcept and Keiji Inafune's BUGS vs. TANKS!, it's somehow fitting to pit a tiny World War II German tank battalion again... read feature

Level-5 mobile RPGs photo
Level-5 mobile RPGs

Level-5 announces a trio of mobile role-playing games


Projects feature Final Fantasy composer, Fire Emblem artist
May 30
Ni no Kuni studio Level-5 is developing a set of three role-playing games for mobile platforms, Weekly Famitsu reports. Part of the company's 15th anniversary celebrations, the trio of titles features a few high profile names... read
Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life will be getting an expansion in Japan


The 'Link' add-on enhances online play
May 23
Readers know that I've been clamoring for an international release of Fantasy Life for quite some time. As a roaring success in Japan, Level-5 has already seen fit to update the game, calling the enhancement Fantasy Life Link... read
Starship Damrey review photo
Lost in space
"This game contains no tutorials or explanations. Part of the experience is to discover things for yourself." Thus reads the disclaimer when you fire up a new game of The Starship Damrey, Level-5's atmospheric sci-fi adventur... read feature

The Starship Damrey photo
The Starship Damrey

Launch trailer for Guild02's The Starship Damrey


The sci-fi eShop adventure is on sale right now
May 16
The first in Level-5's Guild02 triple pack, The Starship Damrey, arrived on the 3DS eShop earlier today for $7.99. A new trailer for the moody sci-fi adventure game has surfaced, featuring choice words from game designer Kaz... read
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Guild03?

Is Level-5 about to announce Guild03?


Trio of Level-5 trademarks have suddenly appeared
May 04
With the three Guild02 games already out in Japan and the first in the set, Starship Damrey, scheduled for release in the States on May 16, it's time to look towards he future. It's never too soon to start thinking "sequel"! ... read
Guild02 photo
Guild02

Starship Damrey flies to Nintendo 3DS on May 16


First Guild02 title lands on eShop in a couple weeks
May 04
The Starship Damrey is set to touch down on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America on May 16. A survival horror title designed by Kazuya Asano and Takemaru Abiko, it will be the first title from Level-5's Guild02 c... read
Liberation Maiden sequel photo
Liberation Maiden sequel

Report: Liberation Maiden to get sequel on PlayStation 3


We fight for our people!
Apr 17
Liberation Maiden is getting a sequel! Well, sort of. It seems like Grasshopper Manufacture has decided to eschew Shoko's roots, following up last year's 3DS shooter with a visual novel for PlayStation 3. According to Si... read
Professor Layton photo
Professor Layton

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to hit 3DS in 2014


Prostitute D is a dog
Apr 17
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is set to arrive on North American shores in 2014. After arriving in Japan back in late February, the sixth entry in Level-5's series of puzzlers is slated to arrive in Europe someti... read
Guild02 photo
Guild02

Nintendo Direct: All three Guild02 games coming to US


Yes, even Attack of the Friday Monsters!
Apr 17
It was previously announced that two of the three games in Level-5's Guild02 compilation, Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, would be localized for the US eShop. Missing from that news was any indication that ... read
Level-5 photo
Level-5

Level-5 discounting Guild01 titles starting this week


And the mysterious black box returns
Apr 15
Three distinct games released under the Guild01 banner on the 3DS eShop are going on sale soon. From Thursday, April 18 through May 30, shmup Liberation Maiden ($4.99), airport sim Aero Porter ($2.99), and role-play... read
Ni No Kuni DS photo
Ni No Kuni DS

There may be hope yet for a Ni No Kuni DS localization


A Namco Bandai executive reportedly isn't opposed to the idea on 3DS
Apr 11
For months now, fans, or prospective fans who don't own a PS3, have been clamoring for a localization of the DS version of Ni No Kuni, which Namco Bandai shut down to due "translation issues and costs regarding the Wizard's C... read
Level-5 PS4 photo
Level-5 PS4

Ni no Kuni developer Level-5 working on PS4 game


Hopefully it's Dragon Quest VIII-2
Apr 09
What's next for the team behind Ni no Kuni? A mysterious new PlayStation 4 project, apparently. Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino confirmed as much in a recent interview with Nikkei Trendy. Currently in the planning stages, Hino... read
Ni no Kuni photo
Ni no Kuni

Amazon and Target have Ni no Kuni for $40


Do it for Mr. Drippy
Apr 08
This is the day I've been waiting for. Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch started the year off right all the way back in January and some of us who missed out on the well-received role-playing game have been ... read
Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life may be coming to the US


One can hope, due to a US trademark
Apr 03
Following news of the game being sold out in Japan, it seems as if 3DS hit Fantasy Life has been trademarked in the States (and previously, Europe), according to Siliconera. If Level-5's history is anything to go by, trademar... read
White Knight Chronicles photo
White Knight Chronicles

White Knight Chronicles servers to go offline this June


The Georama system to be no more
Mar 25
Some sad news for fans of Level 5's White Knight Chronicles has come from Sony Computer Entertainment America: the game's online servers will cease operation on June 18, 2013. White Knight Chronicles' online mode, known ... read
Guild02 photo
Guild02

Feast on vids for Guild02's Monsters Come Out on Friday


It's like a Studio Ghibli take on kaiju movies
Mar 17
Of the three games announced as part of Level-5's Guild02 lineup, Kaiju ga Deru Kinyoubi ("Monsters Come Out on Friday) sounded the most fascinating. A game in which you play as a boy in a small town turned upside-down by a ... read
Guild02 photo
Guild02

Level-5 files trademark for Guild02 3DS games in USA


North American release for Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey looks likely
Mar 08
It looks like Level-5's Guild02 compilation might be headed for western shores. Siliconera has reportedly uncovered US trademarks for Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, indicating a po... read
Liberation Maiden photo
Liberation Maiden

Suda 51's Liberation Maiden soaring to iOS (Update)


Shooter now available on App Store in New Zealand
Mar 06
[Update: Liberation Maiden is now available worldwide via the App Store for $4.99 / €4.49 / ₤2.99.] Well, this is unexpected. Liberation Maiden has arrived on the iTunes App Store in New Zealand. One... read
Last Layton game photo
Last Layton game

Send off Professor Layton in Azran Legacies


Watch the full trailer
Feb 25
The newest full trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, the last game to star Professor Layton has dropped, and it's definitely worth watching -- whether you're fan or not. I have to admit, I got a little nostal... read
Guild02 photo
Guild02

These are the three games in Level-5's Guild02


Will be broken apart as eShop releases throughout March
Feb 21
Three of the four titles from Level-5's 3DS game jam Guild01 made it to the eShop out West. Liberation Maiden, Aero Porter, and Crimson Shroud were all bizarre but solid experiences, and I'm extremely grateful that they were... read
Ni No Kuni free DLC photo
Ni No Kuni free DLC

Ni No Kuni is offering a free Draggle familiar DLC today


Free party member
Feb 12
It's a free DLC-fest for the PlayStation Network today, as Draggle, the adorable guy pictured above, is dropping for free on the PSN. If you aren't familiar with how Ni No Kuni works, it's basically like Pokémon. Aroun... read
Professor Layton photo
Professor Layton

Professor Layton's final journey gets translated trailers


Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies arrives February 28 in Japan
Feb 11
We haven't been doing a good job of keeping you cool cats abreast of the final chapter in the Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legeacies. That is a shame, considering the 3DS puzzle-venture is set ready to take ... read
Tips for Ni No Kuni photo
A beginner guide for the first 10-20 hours
The world of Ni No Kuni is whimsical, beautiful, and sometimes scary. The mere fact that the game features a number of old school JRPG tropes is enough to frighten even some of the hardiest of gamers, who are used to modern c... read feature

Aero Porter photo
A game where you sort luggage. Really.
A videogame is a thing that asks you to do a series of tasks in order to meet arbitrary goals that were established by someone else. Videogames are things that most of us partake in for "fun," regardless of how difficult the ... read feature

Ni no Kuni photo
Ni no Kuni

Ni no Kuni is #1 in the UK, sold out in many shops


Three cheers for color and whimsy!
Feb 04
I guess a lot of grown-up "mature" gamers, who complained that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was too "kiddy," were blowing smoke out their asses and bought the Level-5 RPG anyway. According to GfK Chart-Track's UK Top ... read
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Namco Bandai responds to Ni no Kuni LE order issues


Affected fans to get 400-page guide book
Jan 25
Namco Bandai handed Destructoid an official statement on the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard's Edition order issue we've been following these past few days. It is as follows: Namco Bandai Games America ... read
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Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition orders issues abound [update]


Sound off if you've had issues with your order
Jan 25
[Update: As you can see from our comments section below, this has been a messy issue. It got nasty when word got out that one buyer got over 200 copies and is now selling them on eBay. Disgusting. Thanks to our readers for in... read
Ni no Kuni pee-pee photo
Ni no Kuni pee-pee

I helped a girl take a piss in Ni No Kuni


Sympathy for the NPC
Jan 23
It wouldn't be fair to say that Ni No Kuni has a specific urination quest. It's more of a side story or side effect of a larger task, if you will.  Nevertheless, when I came upon this girl who needed to whiz, I immediate... read
Ni no Kuni DS, please! photo
And here's how to do it
Tomorrow, January 22, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally arrives on US shelves. The PlayStation 3 role-playing game is a collaboration between developer Level-5, and animation house Studio Ghibli -- two companies th... read feature

Ni no Kuni reviewed! photo
Put your Ni Nos to the grindstone
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch could have easily been called Japanese Role-Playing Games: The Official Videogame, for it plays out like an overview of the entire genre as much as it does a game in its own right.  I... read feature







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