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1:00 PM on 01.08.2013

Fantasy Life on 3DS is doing very well in Japan

Remember that awesome-looking Level-5 3DS game Fantasy Life, that started as a DS game many moons ago? It seems as if it's doing very well in Japan, as retailers have reported multiple shortages, and in many cases, the game h...

Chris Carter

12:00 PM on 01.08.2013

Ni no Kuni hit with week-long delay in Europe

One of the year's first big games, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, has been pushed back a week in Europe and Australasia due to logistical reasons. Originally scheduled to release on January 25, 2013, Level-5's lovely R...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 12.25.2012

Check out several sites and companies' Christmas cards

Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 12.19.2012

Ni no Kuni dev endeavors for games to transcend film

It appears that Level-5 has some pretty lofty aspirations with Ni no Kuni. In this follow-up to the title's initial developer diary, Animation Director Yoshiuki Momose discusses the collaborative effort behind...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Crimson Shroud photo
Review: Crimson Shroud
by Chris Carter

The Guild01 collection is a very special project that I'm glad we could be a part of. Although the last game in the set isn't slated for a release out of Japan, the mere fact that Level-5 decided to take a chance with any of them is good enough for me.

Crimson Shroud signifies the end of the western releases of Guild01, so its release is bittersweet. Thankfully, it's also the strongest game in the package, and one of the most unique games on the 3DS eShop right now.

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11:00 AM on 12.12.2012

SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 12.06.2012

Go behind the scenes of Ni no Kuni at Level-5's HQ

Level-5 and Namco Bandai have a new behind-the-scenes video covering development on Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which shows off the former's lovely office. This doesn't get as in-depth as you might like, but it is ...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.03.2012

Ni no Kuni gets a demo on December 4

Upcoming Namco Bandai and Level-5 game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch gets a PlayStation Network demo this week, December 4. Europe follows with the same demo dropping on December 5.  The demo takes you through two...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 12.02.2012

Seaman creator made Aero Porter as accessible as possible

The latest game from Odama and Seaman creator Yoot Saito is Aero Porter, and it's all about luggage. When I first heard about this thing, my instincts told me it would end up being a Frog Fractions-style troll post. There wa...

Jonathan Holmes

3:30 PM on 11.16.2012

Guild01 game Aero Porter lands on 3DS November 29

Level-5 already treated us with Liberation Maiden, and now another of the Guild01 games is headed our way later this month. Aero Porter, an airport management puzzler, comes out on November 29 in North America and Europe on N...

Dale North







Review: Liberation Maiden photo
Review: Liberation Maiden
by Tony Ponce

The Japanese-exclusive Guild01 is a "game jam" of sorts that bundles four games created by four notable designers in a single collection, and aside from Level-5's co-operation in their development, they are wholly unrelated to one another. Most importantly, it's not the kind of package you'd expect would receive localization.

Then Level-5 announced that Guild01 would be broken apart and brought out West as individual eShop releases. Only three of the games are making the jump -- the fourth, Omasse's Rental Weapon Shop, curiously didn't make the cut. Nonetheless, I'm pleased that the company is willing to take a chance on these fascinating titles.

First up to the plate is Suda 51's Liberation Maiden, a simple but manic 3D mech shooter with cutscenes provided by the animation studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven). Short yet sweet, it's quite the exhilarating rush, even if it lacks the signature mind-bending weirdness that Suda games often revel in.

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12:00 PM on 10.29.2012

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be my first

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will be my very first Professor Layton. This game, which I've learned is the fifth in the series, has just launched for the 3DS. With the huge following this franchise has gathered, ...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 10.25.2012

Go download Level-5's Liberation Maiden right now

You at work? At lunch? At the post office? Stop that sh*t! Get your 3DS out and download Liberation Maiden from the Nintendo eShop right now! GO! Ha. Haha. Very funny. Don't act like you haven't heard about Suda51's Liberati...

Dale North



Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing photo
Preview: Professor Layton 3DS looks amazing
by Steven Hansen

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask launched with the 3DS. In Japan, anyway. We’ve had to wait a bit longer. Over a year and a half. You know what they say: Rome wasn’t localized in a day. Thankfully, Miracle Mask is indeed coming to the 3DS in just a couple of weeks for those of us whose Japanese is non-existent.

Set a year after the previous game in the series, Miracle Mask takes place in The City of Miracles, Monte d'Or, a gorgeous, European-style town in the throes of a celebratory carnival that is interrupted by the appearance of The Masked Gentleman whose apparent magic powers terrorize the city. Are you a bad enough dude to deduce the culprit and explain away his mystical magics?

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7:45 PM on 10.07.2012

Check out Suda 51's Liberation Maiden in action

Liberation Maiden is one of the four games from Level-5's Guild 01. It was suddenly released in Europe last week, with a US release pending for this year. The lovely Nintendaan has already got a video to share with us of the...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 10.04.2012

Those three Guild 01 games are leaving Japan via eShop

As briefly mentioned in our post about this year's upcoming 3DS eShop release schedule, Level-5 has partnered with three high-profile Japanese designers on three separate games all due out this fall. Yes, the games of Guild ...

Jordan Devore