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News: Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

Level-5's President Discusses Professor Layton's Origins and Plans for More "Unique" Games in the Series

"We wanted to offer two intelligent characters"

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has now arrived in stores around the world, bringing a close to the prequel trilogy and, it seems, the adventures of the iconic Professor Hershel Layton. It was a fantastic finale that was also tinged with sadness, as it closed the door on the top hat wearing...

News: Level-5 Wants to Know Whether You Want Yo-kai Watch in the West

Level-5 Wants to Know Whether You Want Yo-kai Watch in the West

Looking for some Likes

Not so long ago we reported that Level-5 had filed a trademark in the U.S. for Yo-kai Watch, prompting speculation that the 3DS title is on its way to the West. The company seems to be gearing up to make that a reality, as it's now posted a message on its Facebook page to gauge interest: Between the strong sales of the game...

News: Level-5 Trademarks Yo-kai Watch in the US

Level-5 Trademarks Yo-kai Watch in the US

Watch for monsters

You know youkai? Those strange creatures of Japanese folklore that sometimes masquerade as "raccoons" or "turtles" in certain localized games? Level-5 might be giving these monsters more of their due outside of Japan, if recent trademarks are any indication. According to Siliconera, Level-5 has trademarked "Yo-Kai Watch" in the...

News: Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Finally Dated for North America

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Finally Dated for North America

Mark out 28th February in your diaries

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy arrived in Europe recently, bringing a close to the series in its current form. Unfortunately North American gamers only had a vague 2014 release window, but during today's Nintendo Direct festivities it was confirmed that the 3DS title will finally arrive in the region...

News: WonderFlick Hits iOS and Android This Month, Cross-Platform Saves Should Support Wii U in 2014

WonderFlick Hits iOS and Android This Month, Cross-Platform Saves Should Support Wii U in 2014

In Japan, naturally

Earlier this year we told you about WonderFlick, a new RPG from Level-5 that will be coming to a host of platforms, including smartphones and the Wii U. The unique selling point of this title is an effort to directly correlate and connect progress on smartphones and consoles, with the developer aiming to go "beyond the...

Review: Inazuma Eleven 3 (3DS)

Inazuma Eleven 3 (3DS)

Hat-trick hero?

The Inazuma Eleven football / soccer RPG franchise is a major success in Japan, so much so that spin-offs and new releases are — at a minimum — arriving on an annual basis. Localisation to Europe has been a slower burn, and unfortunately non-existent in North America, so the arrival of Inazuma Eleven 3, the third title in the...

News: Professor Layton Franchise Sales Hit 15 Million, Guild Downloads Reach 400,000

Professor Layton Franchise Sales Hit 15 Million, Guild Downloads Reach 400,000

Ni No Kuni performed well on DS

Today seems to be Level-5 day, courtesy of its Vision press conference in Japan. From a Nintendo gamer's perspective the big news is that the peculiar-looking Layton 7 is confirmed for the 3DS, while new RPG Wonder Flick is coming to the Wii U in Japan and, hopefully, West in the future. Alongside new game reveals,...

Weirdness: Level-5 Flies Straight With its Favourite Character Poll Wallpaper

Level-5 Flies Straight With its Favourite Character Poll Wallpaper

Well played

A little while ago we shared the peculiar news that a load of online pranksters had voted for the Aero Porter plane as their 'favourite' Level-5 character. It was a poll to celebrate the company's 15th anniversary, and pleas for the vote to be taken seriously were clearly ignored — we feel confident saying that these were pranksters,...

News: Level-5 Has No Plans To Bring Any Titles To New Systems Just Yet

Level-5 Has No Plans To Bring Any Titles To New Systems Just Yet

Currently observing "how technology advances"

Level-5, the Japanese developer behind titles such as Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Inazuma Eleven, the Guild01 and 02 collections and a whole heap more, is celebrating its 15th anniversary later this year. The time has certainly flown by and in an interview with Famitsu - helpfully translated...

News: Level-5 Registers Three New Trademarks

Level-5 Registers Three New Trademarks

Could they be Guild 03 related?

Level-5's Guild 02 titles are already out in Japan and are on their way to the West. The Starship Damrey will be released first - 16th May in North America - and will be followed by Bugs vs. Tanks! and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. There's been no official news on any development of a Guild 03 series...

News: New Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Trailer Points the Finger

New Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Trailer Points the Finger

More puzzling gameplay details solved

Capcom and Level-5 have revealed more details about the gameplay in the latest trailer for upcoming crossover title Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. The game will feature a combination of elements from both series, switching between Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright. Layton’s segments will see the player...

News: Yasumi Matsuno Steps Away From Level-5

Yasumi Matsuno Steps Away From Level-5

Taking a well deserved - but not permanent - break

It has been announced that Yatsumi Matsuno has left Level-5, the developers behind the Professor Layton series. Matsuno tweeted to his followers that he was retiring from the company due to personal reasons which he didn't state. Matsuno had only joined Level-5 in June last year and had been...

News: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Trailer Showcases New Features

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Trailer Showcases New Features

"Every (downloadable) puzzle has an answer"

With only a few weeks until its Western release, Level-5 and Nintendo have released a brand new trailer for Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which shows off a handful of new features. Taking full advantage of the 3DS hardware, Layton's latest adventure is fully rendered in 3D, and comes jam-packed...