Nintendo has released a new trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to coincide with the puzzle game’s arrival in North America. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title, which is now available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop, centers around Professor Layton and his assistants Luke and Emmy as they journey to uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has been available in Europe, Australia and Japan since last year.
Level 5 have mentioned on Facebook that Yokai Watch has been a massive success in Japan. Interestingly, the company asked its fans whether they would like to see the game and anime come to the west. Just last month the company filed a trademark for Yokai Watch in the US, so it sounds as though it’s coming at some point.
Between the strong sales of the game and the popularity of the new anime, Yo-kai Watch is a verified success in Japan!
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It seems as though Level 5 may be considering bringing its Nintendo 3DS game about about a boy and a watch that lets him see Japanese spirits called Youkai to the United States. The company has just filed a trademark for Yokai Watch in the US. The Nintendo 3DS game has performed well in Japan, so it would be great if the game graced western shores. It should also be noted that Level 5 also registered a trademark in the United States for Inazuma Eleven.
Shaking up the industry is something Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino is more than happy to do, and he’s got new plans to surprise fans in 2014 and beyond. Speaking to 4Gamer, via translations from Siliconera, the company’s president said he believes the industry needs a new game to both freshen and rejuvenate the console gaming industry.
Hearkening back to his comments last month, Hino said that he’d like to vary the range of Level-5′s current titles on offer by producing games for a younger audience. Although, he’d also like to step in and create titles for a much wider audience such as Wonder Flick. But if Hino says he wants to surprise gamers with a new game, he’ll no doubt follow through.
“In the midst of a rather sluggish consumer game industry at the moment, I believe that the industry needs a ‘new game’. We’ll try our best to make a new title that’ll surprise all of you, so please look forward to that.”
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.