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Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney announced for US, EU photo
Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney announced for US, EU
by Chris Carter

[Update: European release also confirmed.]

Late last year, Japan got an amazing crossover in Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney -- leaving everyone else in the dark as to when it would be announced worldwide. But due to today's Nintendo Direct, we now have full confirmation -- Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be hitting the Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

This is one of the biggest releases on the 3DS, so it's a huge win for portable fans everywhere. I can't wait to dig into it!

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9:00 AM on 07.23.2013

Fantasy Life Link gets an adorable new trailer

Last we heard, Fantasy Life wasn't up for an international release just yet, but that didn't stop the game from being insanely popular in Japan, and with the newest "Link" expansion, it's only getting bigger. Link offers up ...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 06.27.2013

Layton Brothers: Mystery Room hits iOS today

At some point Professor Layton had a child. We don't know how it was conceived, or whether or not it was through natural or unnatural means, but lo and behold, Alfendi Layton is a real thing, and he's starring in his own iOS ...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 06.26.2013

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

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...

Chris Carter



Review: BUGS vs. TANKS! photo
Review: BUGS vs. TANKS!
by Chris Carter

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 against an endless swarm of insects because of ... well ... reasons.

BUGS vs. TANKS! is one part survival horror, one part arcade style action, and one part historically accurate (wait, what?). Yep, it's a pretty wacky game, which is why it works as an entry in Level-5's Guild02 collection.

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3:30 PM on 05.30.2013

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

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...

Kyle MacGregor

10:45 AM on 05.23.2013

Fantasy Life will be getting an expansion in Japan

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...

Chris Carter



Review: The Starship Damrey photo
Review: The Starship Damrey
by Tony Ponce

"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 adventure and first of the Guild02 trilogy. Those words are meant to evoke memories of classic point-and-clicks, of scouring every corner of the room to find the tools you need to advance, of the solution eluding you until that blessed "Eureka!" moment. Here is a game, you think, that seeks to defy modern conventions and allow us to solve problems on our own.

What a bold promise. Too bad the game doesn't live up to it.

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12:30 PM on 05.16.2013

Launch trailer for Guild02's The Starship Damrey

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...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 05.04.2013

Is Level-5 about to announce Guild03?

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"! ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 05.04.2013

Starship Damrey flies to Nintendo 3DS on May 16

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...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 04.17.2013

Report: Liberation Maiden to get sequel on PlayStation 3

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...

Kyle MacGregor





11:45 AM on 04.17.2013

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

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...

Kyle MacGregor

10:10 AM on 04.17.2013

Nintendo Direct: All three Guild02 games coming to US

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 ...

Tony Ponce

7:15 PM on 04.15.2013

Level-5 discounting Guild01 titles starting this week

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...

Jordan Devore

7:45 PM on 04.11.2013

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

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...

Chris Carter