It's fair to say that life simulation games are fairly popular in Japan. The 3DS currently has two big hitters tearing up the sales charts with Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Fantasy Life - both of which sold out at a staggering rate.

This success has no doubt piqued the interest of several publishers and developers, and it seems Square Enix may be looking to get a slice of the action as it has trademarked Fantasy Village for use in Japan.

It's unclear if this is indeed to be a life-sim, but the name certainly encompasses the genre quite well. Perhaps we're looking at a Final Fantasy title that sees you complete chores for villagers as Terra Branford - or maybe not.

Speaking of trademarks, Level-5 has submitted a trademark application in Europe for Fantasy Life - the clearest indication yet that it will be localised for the West.

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