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4:00 PM on 07.16.2014

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

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...

Kyle MacGregor




Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play photo
Fantasy Life is one of the easiest simulators ever to pick up and play
by Chris Carter

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 famous Level-5, Fantasy Life dropped in 2012 in Japan (and sold very well), and we've been asking for a localization ever since. Now we're getting it, as the game is set to drop on October 24.

The concept of Fantasy is dead-simple: you have 12 "lives" (jobs, essentially) to choose from, which derive from three principles -- combat, gathering, and creation. Although there is a core storyline that you can technically "beat," all 12 jobs have their own sub-story, and every job can fight in combat. In other words, it doesn't feel nearly as limiting as other simulators, so you can play the way you want to rather than shackle yourself to a certain archetype.

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11:00 PM on 07.15.2014

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

[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 ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Level-5 ponders world domination for Yo-Kai Watch

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 ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:45 PM on 06.23.2014

Yo! Watch these adorable Yo-kai Watch 2 trailers

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. 

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 06.13.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

1:55 PM on 06.10.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

1:38 PM on 06.10.2014

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

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 ...

Brittany Vincent

7:00 AM on 05.21.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

4:45 PM on 05.15.2014

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

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...

Steven Hansen



Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy photo
Review: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
by Darren Nakamura

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 and his spry apprentice Luke on an almost yearly basis, with 2012's Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask making the jump from the DS to the 3DS.

Azran Legacy picks up after the events in Miracle Mask, completing the prequel trilogy that began with Professor Layton and the Last Specter. Though it changes up the format slightly, anybody who has played any entry in the series knows what to expect: hunting for hint coins and engaging in unconventional mind puzzles.

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10:30 AM on 03.10.2014

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

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...

Steven Hansen



DOOM 4 beta, Yokai Watch & Final Fantasy on PC photo
DOOM 4 beta, Yokai Watch & Final Fantasy on PC
by Max Scoville

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 technically unannounced DOOM game. Square Enix has trademarked “Shinra Company,” there’s a possibility of new Final Fantasy games on PC in the future, and in the meantime, Final Fantasies VII, VIII, and XIV are currently on sale.

Level 5 is getting me all hot and bothered by teasing a western release of Yokai Watch, which is selling like adorable ghostcakes in Japan. PC and PS4 owners will get Zombie Studios’ Daylight in April, and next month sees the release of Towerfall Ascension, the expanded version of the former Ouya exclusive.

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Review: Inazuma Eleven photo
Review: Inazuma Eleven
by Wesley Ruscher

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 Mario Bros. and Zelda, hitting a game winning homerun was inherently more rewarding than sticking a silver arrow in Gannon's forehead ever was.

As I pushed through my junior high school years though, my tastes in games began to change. It was in these years that I was introduced to my deepest of video game loves: the Japanese RPG. Chrono Trigger and Lunar: The Silver Star opened my eyes to a much deeper world; a world where story was just as important as gameplay, and more importantly, could actually have meaning.

Nowadays, I find myself satisfied having quick flings with any action game that I can finish in a weekend. I still love RPGs and sports games, but the commitment to fully enjoy them is more than I can usually spare. If only there was a way I could enjoy both genres simultaneously; a way to go back to the days where time was in abundance.  

Inazuma Eleven is the time machine I’ve been looking for.

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11:15 AM on 02.20.2014

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

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...

Chris Carter



Review: Weapon Shop de Omasse photo
Review: Weapon Shop de Omasse
by Kyle MacGregor

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, sort of. It was dismantled, shipped across the ocean, and sold piecemeal via the Nintendo eShop. 

One by one, the games trickled onto the handheld's online store -- with one notable exception. Weapon Shop de Omasse was oddly absent. For more than a year the final piece of the puzzle remained on the back burner, that is, until now. Better late than never.

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