Good lord, am I excited. Also, scared. Dragon Quest VIII is coming to Nintendo 3DS, which is potentially the best news ever or a harbinger of the apocalypse. You know, depending on whether Square Enix intends to localize the ... read
Wonder Flick R will shut down on September 14, Level-5 just announced.
Following the mobile RPG's reveal in 2013, Level-5 had some trouble getting the project off the ground. Unfortunately, the studio never managed to make go... read
The Japanese mobile game market is booming and studios are climbing aboard the money train. Take Level-5, for example. The next installments in the Professor Layton and Fantasy Life series are abandoning their homes on Ninte... read
There was a bunch of news out of Level-5 this week, so you might have missed seeing Yo-Kai Watch Busters, an upcoming 3DS action game that's essentially a cutesy take on Ghostbusters through the lens of Japan. I mean, there'... read
Along with its Yo-Kai Watch and Fantasy Life announcements, Level-5 also revealed a new IP known as The Snack World. It's going to be another mixed media project with manga, anime, and games being developed for 3DS and smart... read
It's a dreadful time to be a Level-5 fan. Or maybe a great one. Dunno. I suppose that all depends on where you exist on this Venn diagram:
Level-5 announced Fantasy Life 2 for smartphones today, which probably disp... read
Level-5 has big plans for the Yo-Kai Watch franchise beyond the localization of the first game in 2016. It's also gone and announced three more titles in the franchise last night, including Yo-Kai Watch 3, Yo-kai Watch:... read
In case you haven't been paying attention, Level-5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise has been rocking it over in Japan since 2013 with over seven million units in sales. Rumors of a localization have been brewing for over a year ... read
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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
[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 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
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
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