We just found out that the Yokai Watch anime is coming to the west, which is great news. But what’s next for Level 5? Well the studio boss Akihiro Hino says that in between development of Yokai Watch the team has been busy on a new franchise that Hino fully expects to dwarf Yokai Watch. I suspect we shall hear more about the project sometime next year.
“It takes a lot of time to craft new installments of Yokai Watch, but on some weeks, we’re actually spending more time on our ‘new title. Around this time next year, I think we’ll have something out that’s different not just from Yokai Watch, but anything else we’ve ever done before. 2015 is going to be yet another big year of change for us. 2015 will be a year where we usher in a hit bigger than Yokai Watch.”
We’ve finally received news that the immensely popular Yokai Watch anime is coming to the west sometime next year. As you may expect some of the characters have been renamed for the western release which Level 5 have confirmed will air in the United States and Europe in 2015. What we all want to know is when are we getting the Nintendo 3DS games based on the series. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for an answer.
Final Fantasy Explorers has just been released in Japan so you’d expect Tilmen to have gotten his hands on Square Enix’s latest JRPG for the Nintendo 3DS. Thankfully he has, and he’s recorded fifty minutes worth of gameplay to share with everybody. Sadly Square Enix hasn’t said when we can expect the game in the west, but judging from the footage I’m sure a lot of you will be anxious to get it. Hopefully we will hear something sometime next year, fingers crossed.
Mario Kart 8 is one of the best games released this year, so it’s not surprising to see it top Game of the Year lists. Respected UK news publication The Guardian have declared it the best game of 2014 beating the likes of Destiny and TitanFall. Not content with giving Mario Kart 8 first place they’ve also awarded the fabulous Bayonetta 2 the second best video game of 2014. Anyway, here’s what the news publication had to say about Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8.
“Regardless of the Wii U’s troubles Nintendo remains one of (if not the) greatest developers on the planet in terms of making games that are a pure joy to play, and Mario Kart 8 is one of its finest. The question with Mario Kart 8 was never really “is this going to be good”, because with Nintendo that much can be taken for granted. The question is whether it’s the best yet. And, among one hell of a field, it takes first place.”
Those hoping for a sequel to the fantastic Eternal Darkness should be pleased this morning as Nintendo updated the trademark on December 17th. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that a new game is coming, it does give us a tiny bit of hope. Oh, and remember the Vitality Sensor for Wii? Well, Nintendo has also renewed the trademark for that in the United States. There’s speculation that Nintendo is still planning to do something with the device, but at the end of the day it’s just speculation.
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Japanese owners of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call should be happy today as they will soon be able to download some additional DLC tracks. The new DLC pack is called 2nd Performance and includes songs from the legendary Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger. Each of the songs that are available will set Japanese gamers back 150 Yen. There’s 2 free songs to download from Final Fantasy XIV, but they’ll only remain free from December 24th to January 6th.
Today the federal appeals court confirmed Nintendo’s win in a patent infringement case brought at the International Trade Commission by Creative Kingdoms. The court affirmed earlier findings by the ITC that Creative Kingdoms’ patents are invalid and should not have been issued because Creative Kingdoms tried to claim more than the company invented. Creative Kingdoms had asked the ITC to block importation of Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems.
“We are pleased with the court’s determination,” said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America’s vice president and deputy general counsel. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits, particularly when the patents are being stretched beyond the inventors’ ideas. Nintendo continues to develop unique and innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others.”