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 ^_^)

Solatorobo GET!

So a possible contender for Game of the Year has arrived at my house today. The game is Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, a spiritual sequel to a game on the original PlayStation called “Tail Concerto”. Anyway, the game is said to be an action RPG I think? As of this writing I haven’t played it yet, currently I am listening to the awesome soundtrack that was included at no extra charge.

Thank you to XSEED Games who took it upon themselves to bring the game to North American gamers and for throwing in a cool bonus soundtrack CD. ❤

Gundam Extreme Vs PS3 TGS trailer


It certainly looks interesting enough. I wonder if this will ever heard to North America?

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy coming to NA Nov. 15

SAN JOSE, Calif., (Sep. 15, 2011) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that ACE COMBAT® ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY will go on sale for Nintendo 3DS™ on November 15, 2011 in North America. ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY delivers a supersonic flying experience with exciting dogfights and high-altitude acrobatics, all in 3D for the first-time in the history of the legendary aerial combat franchise.

ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY introduces touch screen targeting and added control mechanics, allowing players to take full command of every intense skirmish to enable split-second counter-maneuvers, dynamic dogfight action and satisfying enemy takedowns.

Fans of the award-winning ACE COMBAT franchise can look forward to a wide variety of real-world aircrafts to pilot, and a diverse range of missions to take on.

“The three dimensional screen of the Nintendo 3DS really captures the immediate and visceral thrills of aerial combat and ACE COMBAT ASSAUL HORIZON LEGACY is the perfect showcase for that,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “Every barrel roll, fiery explosion and heat-seeking missile will bring players closer to the action than ever before.”

ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY for Nintendo 3DS is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is scheduled to release on November 15, 2011.

For more information on ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY, please visit http://www.acecombat-assaulthorizon.com or http://www.namcobandaigames.com.

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I was just thinking a few days ago about this game and wondering when it would come out in North America. It’s only 2 months away, so maybe I’ll get it for Christmas or something? 🙂

Gundam The 3D Battle GET!

Finally, my copy of Gundam The 3D Battle for Nintendo 3DS arrived from Hong Kong. I got the Japanese Flare Red 3DS back on Monday, so now I finally have a game to play for it. I’ll be sure to do some impressions of the game later on when I have the time, and perhaps a video as well. ^_^

First print run of Solatorobo comes with a Soundtrack!


XSEED Games has today revealed that the first print run of the Nintendo DS game releasing on September 22nd will come with a 24 song soundtrack CD!

According to Xseed, the CD has a mix of playful tunes that match the game’s light-hearted dialogue (see picture on right) and an orchestral score for Solatorobo: Red the Hunter’s epic battles.

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter is due for release in North America on September 27th. The game has already been released in Europe as of July 1st.

I’m so excited for this game! I preordered it on Amazon a month or so ago when it was officially announced, and I am looking forward to listening to the soundtrack as well. Everyone do your part and pick up one of the very few last “hurrah’s” to come to the DS!

Source: Siliconera