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…

Sega’s E3 Lineup

Sega has released their E3 lineup today.

Aliens: Colonial Marines™ (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system, PC) – Launch Date: Spring 2012
From the award-winning first-person shooter powerhouse Gearbox Software comes Aliens: Colonial Marines, the highly anticipated horror-based action FPS set in the Aliens™ universe with cooperative multiplayer at its core. Bringing new levels of bone-chilling suspense and adrenaline-filled action to the renowned franchise, the game pits players against the universe’s ultimate alien killing machines, the Xenomorphs, in claustrophobic environments guaranteed to produce horrifying shocks and surprises.

ANARCHY REIGNS™ (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system) – Launch Date: January 2012
ANARCHY REIGNS is the much anticipated next title from critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames. With ANARCHY REIGNS, PlatinumGames will be using their hallmark creativity and technical excellence to challenge the boundaries of the conventional brawler genre by allowing multiple players to get involved in heavy-hitting action simultaneously. ANARCHY REIGNS incorporates a diverse range of multiplayer modes to provide players with different challenges, including a co-op survival mode and an all-out Battle Royal mode, where players can challenge others in a full-on fight for victory. Additionally, all modes will be available as offline single-player experiences as well. In the single player campaign mode, players can choose between Jack and Leo for different story experiences.

Binary Domain™ (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system) – Launch Date: Early 2012
Binary Domain is an original IP by Toshihiro Nagoshi, the creator behind some of SEGA’s most well-known video game franchises, including the critically acclaimed Yakuza series. The atmospheric squad-based shooter puts players in the middle of a fast-paced and intense battle against hordes of deadly robots, and a secret that could threaten all mankind. Fighting upward through the derelict lower levels of 2080 Tokyo into the beautiful upper city, players control an international Special Forces squad, specializing in covert ops, which sets out to battle to the heart of the crisis.

Captain America™: Super Soldier (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™) – Launch Date: (US) July 19; (EU) July, 15, 2011; 3DS in Fall 2011
Become Captain America™, the ultimate Super-Soldier, in the darkest days of World War II as you face the Red Skull and his army in this epic third-person action adventure. Wield Captain America’s legendary shield to take out multiple enemies at once, deflect incoming fire back at your enemies, solve puzzles, and scale walls. Above all, hurl yourself shield-first into the fray, with the superior force of the world’s first Super-Soldier at your fingertips. Engage in devastating open combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate Hydra’s massive and mysterious castle complex and battle the infamous Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, and a host of nefarious enemies serving the Red Skull in an all-new Captain America story and adventure.

CRUSH3D™ (Nintendo 3DS™) – Launch Date: (US) September 6, (EU) September 9, 2011
Redesigned for Nintendo 3DS, CRUSH3D is the unique platform game that gives you the ability to change perspective from 2D to 3D as you try to solve brain-teasing puzzles. Built on the foundation of the award winning CRUSH™, CRUSH3D features a host of exciting new features specifically designed for the Nintendo 3DS system, including new locations, characters and an intuitive hint system. Navigate across the surreal platforms of Danny’s mind by ‘crushing’ your way from a 2-dimensional to a 3-dimensional world and back again whenever you need to.

Guardian Heroes™ (Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network & Steam) – Launch Date: Late Summer 2011
Coming exclusively to Xbox LIVE® Arcade, get ready for more swords and sorcery than you can shake your magical staff at. An ancient evil threatens the world after years of peace. Step into the shoes of one of five mighty heroes; each with their own unique attacks and customizable stats. As you fight through forests, graveyards, castles and volcanoes, your every decision will decide the ultimate fate of the world. Do you have what it takes to be a Guardian Hero? Due out this summer, Guardian Heroes features Co-Op and Online play for you and your friends, multiple game modes, optimized graphics, and brand new achievements for Xbox LIVE®.

House of the Dead: OVERKILL™ Extended Cut (PlayStation® Move for PlayStation®3 system) – Launch Date: (US) October 25, (EU) October 28, 2011
The pulp-style reinvention of the classic light-gun shooter comes to the PlayStation®3 in this exclusive Extended Cut with an avalanche of new content including brand new levels, weapons, mutants and more. Experience the over-the-top, mutant blasting madness with your PlayStation®Move motion controller for PS3 all in stunning 3D and re-mastered HD graphics.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ (Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™) – Launch Date: November 2011 (Wii™), February 2012 (Nintendo 3DS™)
Mario™ and Sonic™ will once again join forces on the Wii™ home video game system and, for the first time ever, on Nintendo 3DS™ as the much loved duo head to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™. A host of exciting new headline events, including Football and Equestrian will debut on the Wii version appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines, such as Athletics, Aquatics and Table Tennis. The new handheld system from Nintendo will bring a whole new dimension to the Mario & Sonic universe with glasses-free 3D visuals and around 50 original Olympic themed events playable using the unique control systems of the Nintendo 3DS.

Renegade Ops™ (Xbox LIVE® Arcade, PlayStation®Network, PC digital download) – Launch Date: 2011
Created by Swedish developer Avalanche Studios, Renegade Ops will unleash unprecedented mayhem and exhilarating destruction. Players are sent behind enemy lines in a mobile commando unit to defeat Inferno, a madman intent on global domination. Defeat enemies across a range of stunning environments using a wide variety of vehicles and weapons, from dispersing electromagnetic shock waves to the deployment of a huge Gatling gun armed to the teeth. Players have the choice to fight alone in single-player mode, team up offline with two-player split screen or join the dynamic 4-player online co-op experience.

Rise of Nightmares™ (Kinect™ for Xbox 360®) – Launch Date: TBA
Rise of Nightmares offers a spine-tingling horror experience unique to the massively successful Kinect. Using their whole body the player will experience fear and tension as never before in this first-person horror adventure. Fight off hordes of undead creatures and mad scientists in this uniquely horror themed adventure that sees players desperately searching for their kidnapped wife.

SEGA Rally Online Arcade™ (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system) – Launch Date: Out Now on Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Coming Soon on PlayStation®Network)
When was the last time you enjoyed getting dragged through the mud? Race through five different types of terrain in more rally-bred vehicles than a baker can shake his dozen at – including the Ford Focus RS, the classic Lancia Delta Integrale and the ferocious Bowler Nemesis. Play through a slew of modes including Time Trials, Single Races, and Championship Events. Cut to the chase and face off online in a variety of 6 Player multiplayer racing events – isn’t it about time you showed your friends who’s numero uno?

Shinobi™ (Nintendo 3DS™) – Launch Date: September 2011
Shinobi for the Nintendo 3DS sees the eagerly anticipated return of the legendary Shinobi. We follow our hero, Jiro Musashi, through a wide variety of exotic locations as he battles his way past hordes of enemies using magical Ninja powers in this intense action-filled title. Shinobi will include some classic gameplay elements found in previous Shinobi titles, while introducing several exciting new features and experiences specifically designed to take advantage of the technology offered by the Nintendo 3DS system.

Sonic Generations™ (Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system, Nintendo 3DS™) – Launch Date: Holiday 2011
Delivering the definitive gaming experience for Sonic fans old and new and part of the celebrations for Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th Anniversary, Sonic Generations sees Sonic the Hedgehog playable as both the much loved classic 1991 character, and the modern day video game hero he has become. In this exciting new fast paced adventure set across three defining eras from 20 years of Sonic the Hedgehog, you can now speed through some of the most iconic environments, playing as Classic Sonic in re-imagined 2D side scrolling levels, and as Modern Sonic in all new, stunning 3D levels.

Konami Pre-E3 2011 Show

Konami’s Annual Pre-E3 Show for 2011 was released, original it was thought to be live streamed, when actually it was just a video released. I have made a summary of what you will see in the video.

– Fox Engine announce. New multiplatform engine from Kojima.
– Zone of Enders HD Collection announced. (PS3/360)
– Metal Gear Solid 2, 3, and Peace HD Collection announced. (PS3/360)
– Transfarring detailed, will allow you to transfer save data from PS3 to PSP/NGP and vice versa from games. MGS and ZOE HD collections are confirmed to support.
– New Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3DS trailer
– Frogger 3D announced for 3DS.
– Silent Hill 2 and 3 HD Collection announced. (PS3/360)
– Details on Silent Hill Downpour, Neverdead, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
– Megadeath doing main theme for Neverdead (so awesome)
– No Metal Gear Rising at E3 (very disappointed about this)
– Awesome Mega64/Kojima skit

PlayStation Store now available

Sony has put the PlayStation Store back up on the servers, so now you can go back to purchasing and downloading all of those games and extra content. You can check out the update here.

The Welcome Back program is not yet available, but will be released in the next couple of days. I am going to get inFAMOUS and Wipeout HD+Fury for sure. What are you going to get?

Media Create Sales: Week 21, 2011 (May 23 – May 29)

01. / 00. [3DS] One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP (Bandai Namco) {2011.05.26} – 80.488 / NEW
02. / 00. [PS3] Warriors: Legends of Troy (Koei Tecmo) {2011.05.26} – 31.428 / NEW
03. / 00. [WII] Pandora’s Tower: Until I Return to Your Side (Nintendo) {2011.05.26} – 21.445 / NEW
04. / 01. [PSP] Akiba’s Trip (Acquire) {2011.05.19} – 16.582 / 74.732 (-71%)
05. / 00. [PS3] Nobunaga’s Ambition: Way of Heaven with Power-Up Kit (Koei Tecmo) {2011.05.26} – 15.456 / NEW
06. / 00. [NDS] Treasure Report: Kikai Jikake no Isan (Bandai Namco) {2011.05.26} – 14.304 / NEW
07. / 03. [NDS] Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 – Professional (Square Enix) {2011.03.31} – 13.974 / 508.767 (-28%)

08. / 05. [PSP] Patapon 3 (SCE) {2011.04.28} – 9.134 / 104.475 (-20%)
09. / 00. [PSP] Iza, Shutsujin! Koisen (QuinRose) {2011.05.26} – 9.008 / NEW
10. / 07. [PSP] Pro Baseball Spirits 2011 (Konami) {2011.04.14} – 8.394 / 168.460 (+5%)
11. / 08. [WII] Wii Party (Nintendo) {2010.07.08} – 7.925 / 1.899.249 (+57%)
12. / 00. [NDS] Battle & Get! Pokemon Typing DS (Pokemon Co.) {2011.04.21} – 6.443 / 108.377

13. / 00. [PSP] Memories Off: Yubikiri no Kikou (5pb.) {2011.05.26} – 6.310 / NEW
14. / 00. [NDS] Red Stone DS: Akaki Ishi ni Michibikareshi Monotachi (GameOn) {2011.05.26} – 6.062 / NEW
15. / 00. [360] Akai Katana Shin (Cave) {2011.05.26} – 5.603 / NEW
16. / 09. [NDS] Pokemon Black / White (Pokemon Co.) {2010.09.18} – 5.197 / 5.187.179 (+9%)
17. / 02. [3DS] Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Koei Tecmo) {2011.05.19} – 5.072 / 28.150 (-78%)

18. / 00. [PS3] Atelier Totori: The Alchemist of Arland 2 [PlayStation 3 the Best] (Gust) {2011.05.26} – 4.660 / NEW
19. / 16. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo) {2008.04.10} – 4.518 / 3.232.917 (+27%)
20. / 04. [PSP] Gungnir: Mayari no Gunshin to Eiyuu Sensou (Atlus Co.) {2011.05.19} – 4.515 / 20.870 (-72%)

BlazBlue Launch Trailer


The attacks and anime sequences seem pretty interesting, but the lack of online play for the game is mind boggling. Fighting games need online play so they don’t become redundant.

BlazBlue Continuum Shift II out for 3DS & PSP

Rebel Two! Take the Action of BlazBlue Anywhere!

BlazBlue Continuum Shift II is Now Out on the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System and Nintendo 3DSTM

TORRANCE, Calif.–May 31st, 2011–Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment software, is pleased to announce that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is now out on the PSP® system and the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system! BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is an enhanced port of the critically acclaimed BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and the next installment in the popular 2D fighting game series known as BlazBlue.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II contains the complete set of single player features from the console version, such as Arcade, Score Attack, Training, and Story modes, and also has an ad-hoc Network mode for multiplayer play. This impressive list of features is topped off with new content created solely for the handheld version, including extra story material and brand new modes such as Legion 1.5 and Abyss Mode.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II features the full 18 character cast of the original BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, including the three DLC characters, Makoto, Valkenhayn, and Platinum. Furthermore, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II also features the new system mechanics and game balance revisions introduced by the original Arcade version and system version 1.03. With all of these new features, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II is a brand new fighting game experience sure to meet the expectations of fans everywhere.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Key Features
All-New Single Player Content
Upgrade your character to reach the bottom in the new Abyss Mode, create an army to conquer your foes in the new Legion 1.5 Mode, polish your skills in the revamped Challenge Mode, and earn Platinum Dollars to unlock a host of in-game rewards.

Redesigned Fighting Experience

With new system mechanics, game engine revisions, and an entirely rebalanced roster from its original predecessor, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II offers a fully updated fighting game experience for both veterans and newcomers alike.

Enhanced Story Features
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II contains not only the full story of the original, but also brand new Story Mode and Arcade Mode segments for players to enjoy.

Ad-hoc/Local Multiplayer
Ad-hoc/local multiplayer allows up to 4 players to participate in a single session. Two players will square off while the others are spectators.

3D Functionality
The Nintendo 3DS™ version of the game allows players to experience the next dimension of BlazBlue visuals with full 3D effects in nearly all modes of gameplay.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II has been rated ‘T’ for Teen for Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, and Violence by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). More information about Aksys Games and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II can be found at http://www.aksysgames.com.