Level-5 Vision 2011 Recap

TOKYO, JAPAN – October 15, 2011 – The annual live press conference and stage event held by LEVEL-5 Inc., LEVEL5 VISION 2011, has concluded. Previewing the company’s Japanese product line for the coming year and kicking off the company’s first ever consumer exhibit show, LEVEL5 WORLD 2011, LEVEL-5 is proud to present this recap of the projects and intellectual properties presented at the show that will be available to consumers across a broad spectrum of gaming consoles, cell phones, and a variety of other entertainment mediums.

All information and projects marked with * below are Japanese titles only and have no North American releases planned at this time.

PROFESSOR LAYTON VS ACE ATTORNEY* — Opening the event with the trailer that debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom’s Shu Takumi and LEVEL-5 President/CEO Akihiro Hino expounded on the collaboration that brought the two companies together for this unprecedented project. The title is playable for the first time at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.

GUNDAM AGE* — GUNDAM AGE is a PSP title based on the TV Anime of the same name with scenario created by LEVEL-5’s Akihiro Hino. Bandai Namco Games will publish and LEVEL-5 will develop. The latest trailer was revealed at LEVEL5 VISION 2011.

PROFESSOR LAYTON ROYALE* Professor Layton Royale, a new social mobile game developed in collaboration with DeNA, combines LEVEL-5’s internationally popular Professor Layton series with DeNA’s flagship “Royale” franchise of social games on the Mobage platform.

INAZUMA ELEVEN* — A wealth of new information was revealed at LEVEL5 VISION 2011, with trailers, a presentation on the game systems, and an overview of the products. A total of four titles were showcased, including the movie and two newly announced games in the series: Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2012 Extreme*, as well as the arcade machine LEVEL-5 Station Inazuma Eleven Strikers2012 Extreme*.

LITTLE BATTLERS EXPERIENCE BOOST* — The definitive version of Little Battlers eXperience, LBX Boost charges up with new LBX battlers, weapons, and moves as well as a number of gameplay enhancements. The title is scheduled to be available in Japan in UMD and digital format on November 23, 2011.

NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH – The RPG planned and produced by LEVEL-5, with animation by Studio Ghibli and music by Joe Hisaishi will be brought to North America and Europe by NAMCO BANDAI Games America and NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe respectively, who will be releasing statements in the near future.

GIRLS RPG CINDERELIFE* — A game of conversations and fashion, players can customize their avatar with over 1,000 accessories in pursuit of the butterfly of happiness. Two new guest characters were introduced at the show as well as a February launch window in Japan.

LAYTON BROTHERS: MYSTERY ROOM* – LEVEL-5 has announced that this title will put a new spin on the Professor Layton universe with crime-scene mystery style gameplay starring the intuitive son of Hershel Layton. The title is scheduled to be released on the iOS platform.

FANTASY LIFE* — The event debuted an array of new designs by visionary illustrator Yoshitaka Amano as well as a new trailer. The title will be playable for the first time today at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.

TIME TRAVELERS* — New details on the story, setting, and characters emerged at the event, as well as its release across three different platforms in Japan. It will be playable at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.

GUILD01* — LEVEL-5’s newly announced collaboration title brings together the talent and artistic vision of four famed game designers under a single package, including LEVEL-5’s Yasumi Matsuno, Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi Suda, Vivarium’s Yoot Saito, and Shochiku Geino’s Yoshiyuki Hirai (a comedian belonging to the comedy duo Americazarigani). Some of these creators’ titles are playable at LEVEL5 WORLD 2011.

YOKAI WATCH* — Yokai Watch is a newly announced title from LEVEL-5 that will cross into anime and manga based on the game. Details, including release date, have yet to be confirmed.

*Project titles tentative. All information pertains only to the Japanese release; there are no plans for release outside of Japan at this time All titles are the exclusive property of LEVEL-5 Inc. unless otherwise noted.

About LEVEL-5

LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship Professor Layton series has shipped over 12 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped over 3.65 million units worldwide (as of end of September 2011). In 2010, the company began a collaboration with the academy award winning Studio Ghibli (to create the animated movies) and composer/director Joe Hisaishi (to supervise the music) that resulted in the development and release of Ni no Kuni for the Nintendo DS™ system. This collaboration is currently continuing to work together on the PlayStation 3® version of Ni no Kuni, which has had a multitude of new elements added to make it a brand new title in its own right. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Santa Monica, California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand.

More information on LEVEL-5 Inc. can be found at http://www.level5ia.com and http://www.level5.co.jp/.

Well that was some awesome news that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be released in North America & Europe next year via Namco Bandai. Also, I wonder if we will see any of those 3DS games released here, I really want Layton vs. Ace Attorney and all of those other 3DS games lol. Now which platform will I get Time Travelers on, 3DS or Vita? Time will tell…

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch confirmed for N. America & Europe!

Straight from the Level-5 World Conference in Japan & Level-5 International America’s twitter page comes with a confirmation of a North American & European release of Ni No Kuni for PS3!

BREAKING: NI NO KUNI: WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH will be brought to Europe and North America in 2012 by Namco Bandai!

Apparently Namco Bandai will handle the North American & European release! This is great news for fans of this game who were hoping for a localization. I can’t wait to find out the release date, I will preorder two copies! (One for me and one for a friend ^_^)

Professor Layton VS. Ace Attorney TGS Trailer


Wow, I can’t wait to play this game! I actually like the character models, but Phoenix’s eyes look soul-less. But I think that is a small price to pay when you consider moving 2D characters into a 3D world. I most likely won’t be importing the Japanese version since I don’t know Japanese and you need to know it to play this game. Hopefully Level-5 or Capcom officially announces it for North America!!!

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney confirmed for NA release?

Despite co-developer Level 5’s absence from TGS, we received today a titillating bit of paper from Capcom’s booth on the show floor. It’s an English-language press release for Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, and while details about the game are still sparse, the release contains some promising hints that all but confirm that the game will see a release outside of Japan. For one, it notes that “English names are TBD,” which obviously suggests that there are plans to localize the game for English-speaking territories.

Furthermore, the English-language press release lists the title of the game as Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, which is the first time we’ve actually seen official documentation that refers to the title of the game using the franchises’ English-language names. MSRP is also listed as TBD.

Holy crap that would be amazing if this is true. But I guess we’ll have to wait for the official English press release to be released to the general public. I hope they announce this soon because I am really looking forward to playing this game soon as I am a huge fan of both series.

Source: GamesRadar

Ni no Kuni PS3 coming to North America early 2012!

While Japanese gamers have been expecting the PlayStation 3 release of the Level-5 and Studio Ghibli role-playing game collaboration known as Ninokuni for over a year, their Western counterparts have had no such certainty. English-speaking RPG fans and Studio Ghibli enthusiasts alike can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou (subtitled “Queen of the White Ashes”) for the PS3 has been confirmed for a North American debut in early 2012.

English-speaking players will get their fantasy RPG fix next year.

During a Sony Computer Entertainment Asia press conference near Tokyo Game Show 2011’s venue, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino today mentioned during an interview panel that an English version of the game is in production and confirmed its release window. This PS3 version of the game starts off the same as the DS version of the same name, but the story is told differently after the game’s midpoint. According to Hino, the PS3 will have additional story content that will pick up where the DS version ended.

YAYYYYYYY!!! I am so excited that the game is confirmed for North American release. Only a few more months to go until it will be in my hands. I have been following it since it was first revealed and I am really excited to play it so soon after the Japanese release in November. EVERYONE PREORDER THIS GAME ASAP!

Source: GameSpot

Ni no Kuni PS3 new trailer


I am really excited for Ni no Kuni. I hope Level-5 is translating the game at the same time so we won’t have to wait too long for a North American release. They don’t need to dub it, just subtitle it and I’ll be fine. 🙂

Skyward Sword bundle & more coming this fall!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle Highlights a Golden Autumn for Nintendo Games

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 29, 2011 – Leaves won’t be the only things turning gold this fall as Nintendo prepares to launch an extraordinary lineup of games for its Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ game systems. At a recent meeting of GameStop retail store managers from across the United States, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing Scott Moffitt revealed new details about upcoming releases for several fan-favorite franchises:

  • A special limited-edition The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword bundle containing the game and a gold* Wii Remote™ Plus controller will be available when the game launches on Nov. 20.
  • Also for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, every copy in the initial production of the game will come packaged with a special music CD featuring orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.
  • Nintendo will launch the upcoming Tetris®: Axis game for Nintendo 3DS systems on Oct. 2.
  • The Professor Layton and the Last Specter™ game for the Nintendo DS family of systems will launch Oct. 17.

“Nintendo has something for you this fall, no matter what type of gamer you are, no matter what Nintendo system you’re playing,” said Moffitt. “Whether you’re looking for a world-spanning epic like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, the pick-up-and-play puzzle fun of Tetris: Axis or the mind-bending adventure of Professor Layton and the Last Specter, we’ve got you covered.”

The limited-edition gold controller bundle for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be offered at a suggested retail price of $69.99. The game will also be sold separately at a suggested retail price of $49.99, though the gold controller will only be available as part of the special bundle. As an additional 25th anniversary treat for fans who purchase the game early, every copy in the initial production, whether sold by itself or as a part of the limited-edition bundle, will come with a free CD featuring select orchestral arrangements of iconic music spanning the history of the franchise which will be performed at The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert performances in October 2011. For more information about The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, visit http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

The original portable Tetris® game was a smash hit on the Game Boy™ system. The new Tetris: Axis game lets players use the magic of the Nintendo 3DS system to jump into the action in 3D without the need for special glasses. The game includes more than 20 different modes – some familiar, some new. Up to eight players can compete in wireless multiplayer battles, even if only one player has a game card**. Tetris: Axis also makes use of the augmented-reality and SpotPass™ features of Nintendo 3DS. Tetris: Axis is part of a stirring fall lineup for Nintendo 3DS that also includes Pokémon™ Rumble Blast(launching Oct. 24), Super Mario 3D Land™ (November) and Mario Kart™ 7 (December).

Professor Layton and the Last Specter for the Nintendo DS family of systems is the fourth installment in the Professor Layton puzzle adventure series. It begins a new trilogy that is a prequel to the original games, set three years before the events in Professor Layton and the Curious Village™. The game contains more puzzles than any in the series to date. As a North American exclusive to the overall Professor Layton and the Last Specter package, a bonus role-playing game called Professor Layton’s London Life™ containing more than 100 hours of additional content will be available to players from the start of the game.

Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.  For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

* Note that the gold controller will simply be gold in color and will not contain any actual precious metals.

** Multiplayer mode requires multiple Nintendo 3DS systems, each sold separately.