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Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Beard View: Yo-Kai Watch


A look at Japan's #1 new game series
Feb 11
I was worried about Yo-Kai Watch when it was first announced. Putting out a manga, anime and game series all in one fell swoop is no small financial undertaking. Given that Level-5 isn't a multi-billion dollar outfit, they h... read
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Level-5

Level-5's CEO is jacked up about the next project


Whatever it is
Jan 05
Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino is pumped. After selling tons of copies of Yo-kai Watch in 2014 among a host of other successful IPs, 2015 is looking to be a good year for the developer. Recently, speaking to 4Gamer, he noted that h... read
Fantasy Life review photo
Trip the life fantastic
One of the biggest gripes I hear from friends interested in but hesitant to play Japanese role-playing games is that they're too "complicated." It's a sentiment I've never understood; several take great pains to be accessible... read feature

Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life is almost here, check out every major feature


All jobs, combat or otherwise
Sep 25
It feels like we've been waiting forever for Fantasy Life -- and we have! Years, in fact. Japan even got a full expansion before we even got the base game, but here we are with the game launching now in EU territories, ... read
Layton vs Wright review photo
Gentlemanly and Objectiony
You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate!  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are great. Personally, my favorite part is the edge, as long as you still get a little bit of peanut butter along ... read feature

Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Level-5: Yo-Kai Watch goes international next year


It's happening!
Aug 19
Yo-Kai Watch is readying for global expansion, according to Level-5 president Akihiro Hino. Speaking with Zakzak, Hino revealed the studio is eyeing overseas markets in preparation for an international launch sometime ne... read
Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Europe gets Level-5 RPG Fantasy Life next month


Good for them
Aug 18
Level-5's 3DS role-playing game Fantasy Life is releasing in Europe on September 26, 2014, Nintendo has announced. As a reminder, we're getting it here in the States on October 24. This overview trailer is perfect if, like m... read
Yo-Kai Watch 2 sales photo
Yo-Kai Watch 2 sales

Yo-Kai Watch 2 has sold over two million copies


Well, that didn't take long
Aug 13
Yo-Kai Watch 2 only just launched in Japan last month, but the Nintendo 3DS role-playing game has already managed to sell 2,093,992 units, according to the number crunchers at Media Create. Congrats, Level-5! ӎ... read
Yo-Kai Watch 2 photo
Yo-Kai Watch 2

Level-5's latest RPG has people dancing in the streets


Nothing sells videogames like a flash mob, you know.
Jul 16
Yo-Kai Watch 2 is officially a hit. The 3DS role-playing game from Ni no Kuni studio Level-5 sold 1.28 million copies in first four days on the Japanese market. Good lord. Actually, the latest estimates put the ope... read
Fantasy Life preview photo
Play how you want
During a hands-on Nintendo event, I was given the option to play a number of upcoming games -- naturally, I gravitated towards Fantasy Life, which I've been waiting a few years to see in action overseas. Developed by the... read feature

Yo-Kai Watch 2 photo
Yo-Kai Watch 2

Yo-Kai Watch 2 sells 1.28 million in just four days


Level-5's 3DS role-playing game is off to a hot start -- to put it mildly
Jul 15
[Update: Japanese sales tracking authority Media Creates estimates the figure of Yo-Kai Watch 2 opening weekend sales to be over 1.31 million.] Yo-Kai Watch 2 sales eclipsed 1,281,096 units after a mere four days on the ... read
Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Level-5 ponders world domination for Yo-Kai Watch


Yo-Kai Watch 2 out today in Japan
Jul 10
Level-5 is considering international expansion for its popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise "in a big way," company president Akihiro Hino revealed to Weekly Famitsu. It isn't hard to see why. The Pokémon-like property ... read
Level-5 RPG photo
Level-5 RPG

Yo! Watch these adorable Yo-kai Watch 2 trailers


That music!
Jun 23
Woops, made myself sad again that Japan gets Level-5's Yo-kai Watch 2 and we haven't even gotten the first. I spotted at least two awesome cat monsters I just want to be friends with and give three in one tick, flea, and heart worm medicine to.  read
Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Check out the inner workings of Level-5's Fantasy Life


Nintendo's Treehouse delivers again
Jun 13
After announcing Level-5's Fantasy Life life-simulation RPG during Nintendo's Treehouse event, the product development team took some time out to stream the game to provide some additional details on how the game works and w... read
Prof. Layton vs. Phoenix  photo
Prof. Layton vs. Phoenix

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is finally getting a Western release


It's about time.
Jun 10
Thank you, based Level-5! After announcing Fantasy Life, Nintendo revealed that we've also got this gem of a game to look forward to from the Yokai Watch developer (and Capcom too, of course.) We've been clamoring for it for... read
Fantasy Life photo
Fantasy Life

Level-5 is doing us a solid and bringing us Fantasy Life


It's no Yokai Watch, but it's still awesome
Jun 10
Level-5 is bringing its glorious MMO-inspired Fantasy Life to Western gamers, and it looks to be every bit of a treat. Combining Animal Crossing-like sensibilities with the role-playing and combat of an MMO, Fantasy Life is ... read
Yo-kai Watch photo
Yo-kai Watch

I just really want this Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL, okay?


I don't really care if I have to import it
May 21
Is there a time in your life when you can have too many Nintendo 3DS units in your home? If I were to purchase every single system I like on a whim, I think I'd find out soon enough. This Yo-kai Watch 3DS XL is the bee's knee... read
Yo-kai Watch 2 photo
Yo-kai Watch 2

Reminder: Be sad you aren't playing Level-5's Yo-kai Watch 2


Kawaii ghosts
May 15
Oh my gosh, that music is just as good as the music from the first Yo-kai Watch. Give it here, Level-5. Ni no Kuni did well enough and Bravely Default et al. have shown JRPG will sell on the 3DS in the Americas and Eurovisio... read
Professor Layton review photo
Puzzle solving is a most gentlemanly pursuit
With five previous games and one movie under his belt, Professor Layton's reputation precedes him. Since 2007's Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Level-5 has been giving players control of the eminent gentleman Layton... read feature

Ni no Kuni sales photo
Ni no Kuni sales

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has sold over 1.1M


Now for Ni no Kuni II: Wrath of Kahn
Mar 10
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has passed 1.1M worldwide sales since its January 2013 release. Which maybe doesn't seem like that much with Tomb Raider needing five times that for profitability and unfinished games like... read
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DTOID News is wearing a dumb scarf
Hey everybody, I’m back from Japan! And here’s your quasi-timely news update for the first two thirds of this week. Irrational Games closed, pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order gets you a beta for the new and... read feature

Inazuma reviewed! photo
A near perfect shot
When I was a young kid, I loved nothing more than playing classic sport video games like Bases Loaded, Blades of Steel, Double Dribble, Tecmo Bowl, and Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!. While I enjoyed the likes of Super Mari... read feature

Guild 01 photo
Guild 01

Don't forget: Every Guild 01 and 02 3DS game is on sale


Until February 23rd
Feb 20
Weapon Shop de Omasse, the one missing game that needed to be localized to complete Level-5's Guild 01 and 02 collections on the 3DS eShop, is finally here. But if you haven't checked out the rest of the pack, they're al... read
Weapon Shop review photo
Sharpest tool in the shed
Level-5's Guild series started out as a bizarre anthology of pint-sized experiences from industry veterans. Initially released in Japan during the spring of 2012, the package would come to western shores later that year. Well... read feature

Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Level-5 reports Yo-Kai Watch has sold over 500,000


Not including digital sales
Feb 19
Perfect timing, right?Just this morning Level-5 reached out to its western fans to see if there was any interest in a Yo-Kai Watch localization due to its high amount of success in Japan. Following that inquiry, the deve... read
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Level-5

Level-5 wants to know if you want Yo-kai Watch


I do!
Feb 19
In Japan, Level-5 has crafted a game (for 3DS) and anime series called Yo-kai Watch. It stars a boy named Keita who opens up a capsule toy and finds a magic watch that can identify ghosts, to hilarious results. He a... read
Inazuma Eleven photo
Inazuma Eleven

Inazuma Eleven drops on the 3DS eShop...today!


A surprise announcement from Nintendo Direct
Feb 13
Remember when we reported that Inazuma Eleven was probably releasing in North America on the 3DS eShop, and then the listing mysteriously disappeared? Well it looks like Level-5 was saving it for today's Nintendo Direct, as it will be available on the eShop today. Sweet! read
Weapon Shop de Omasse photo
Weapon Shop de Omasse

Weapon Shop de Omasse to be released this month


Coming February 20th
Feb 13
When the Guild 01 and 02 Collections dropped overseas, we were missing one game -- Weapon Shop De Omasse. We already reported that the lack of a localization was due to a large amount of text, but eventually I guess the juice was worth the squeeze, and it was announced for a worldwide release. Billed as a "comedic RPG," Omasse will be released on February 20th on the 3DS eShop. read
Weapon Shop De Omasse photo
Weapon Shop De Omasse

Guild 01's missing Weapon Shop game getting localized


Weapon Shop De Omasse
Jan 09
America may have gotten the vast majority of Level-5's Guild 01 and Guild 02 collections, but it was missing one game -- Weapon Shop De Omasse. According to Level-5, the game would have taken far too long to localize given al... read