Akihiro Hino, the president of acclaimed studio Level 5, has spoken to Famitsu about the company’s future plans. Hino says he wants to diversify the titles and make some for younger people, and also some for a much wider audience, like the breakout hit Fantasy Life. However, Hino says that it’s the games for younger people which have seen fantastic results in Japan, such as Inazuma Eleven and Youkai Watch.
“If I had to split it in two, then it’d be cross-media expansions for children for Nintendo 3DS, such as Youkai Watch and Inazuma Eleven, and then games for a wider audience such as Fantasy Life and Wonder Flick,” answers Hino. “Each target audience requires a different strategy in terms of hardware approach, so I’d like to think about more plans for that.”
“It’s actually still selling quite well. In the case of Inazuma Eleven, the first game’s opening week saw about 40,000 copies sold, and it ended up selling about 400,000 in the end, and I see Youkai Watch going with a similar flow, so I believe we were able to create another successful title. I believe that we’ll be able to surpass that next time, so I’d like to continue focusing on titles made for children.”
Level-5 has released a launch trailer for Wonder Flick. The upcoming role-playing game arrives this month in Japan for smartphones. It will then hit the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U in 2014. Save data for the game will be shareable among different versions of the game. There’s currently no word on whether the game will make it to the West.
On Twitter today, Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo UK announced a new website for Level 5′s European football game, Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bold & Bomb Blast. The new website takes gamers through the differences between the two versions of the game, while also talking about Inazume Eleven 3′s RPG elements and multiplayer mode, all while playing a triumphant piece from the game’s soundtrack.
Each of Inazuma Eleven 3′s two games follows a different character, Paolo Bianchi and Hector Helio, respectively. According to the website, gamers will “face different rivals depending on which game you choose. Also, there are unique players who only appear in one version the other. The only way to get all of them is to trade with someone else who has a different version.” Inazuma Eleven 3: Lightning Bolt & Bomb Blast will be released in Europe in just a few days, on September 27th.
Level 5 has announced their latest project which is titled Wonder Flick. The project is designed by Akihiko Hino with Final Fantasy XII artist Nao Ikeda and Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu helping out. The game will be released on a number of platforms, with smartphones getting the game first in 2013, while consoles will receive Wonder Flick in 2014. Here’s a few details regarding the intriguing game.
- F2P with microtransactions
- Character creation and equipment customisation
- You flick medals (which represent commands) onto the enemies during battles to attack them.
- It’s designed for quick play sessions so you can enjoy the exciting feel of a RPG in 3 minutes while on the go.
- iOS and Android in Japan this November, the other platforms in 2014.
Level 5 has just announced a brand new Professor Layton game for iOS, Android and the Nintendo 3DS. Details regarding the game are fairly scarce, but the game’s genre is “role play puzzle.” The demo, which was showcased on a smartphone, showed a 3D world which players could rotate with the camera.
Level-5 president Akihiro Hino announced at the Japan Expo that he is extremely keen to make a brand new Professor Layton game. Hino says that he was pleased with the last adventure that starred Layton and doesn’t want to see an end to the popular franchise. He concluded that if it is possible for him to create a new game, then he wants it to feature new and exciting challenges for the players.
Following the news of a possible Western localisation for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, Level-5′s CEO Akihiro Hino has said – during the Japan Expo – that if another game were to be made in the Layton series, it would be very different to what we know today. This news has certainly piqued the interest of many Layton fans as Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is – as far as we know – the final instalment in the series to star Professor Layton as the protagonist, and is due for release on the Nintendo 3DS in Europe late 2013, as well as North America in 2014. Here’s what Hino had to say when asked if there would be a new trilogy:
“If a seventh game was to be born one day, it probably won’t be the Layton we know today.”
Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino hinted during Nintendo of France’s Japan Expo that Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney could be coming to both Europe and America. Hino told attendees that something is in the works, but he can’t talk about it today. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was released in Japan during November of last year. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we get a firm release date here in the west.
Online gaming publication Siliconera has spotted that development studio Level 5 has registered a trio of trademarks recently. The trademarks that were registered are Wonderflick, Rare Drop Adventurer Note, and Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend. Siliconera firmly believes that these are games that will be included in the inevitable Guild 03. So far, none of these games have been announced. Hopefully all will be revealed soon.
Level 5 has announced that its latest Nintendo 3DS roleplaying game Youkai Watch (Ghost Watch) will be coming to the handheld on July 11 in Japan. The game will be available at retail and also on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The game lets players assume the role of either a boy named Keeta or a girl named Fumi as they collect and battle other ghosts. By using the Youkai Watch players can come across other ghosts in the game. There’s currently no word on a Western release for the intriguing game.