Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino has revealed that total shipments to date of 3DS title Fantasy Life have reached the 300,000 mark in Japan.

Back in January, we reported that the game — which is a collaboration between the Professor Layton studio and Brownie Brown — had sold out upon release, an event which no doubt conbributed to Level 5's revelation that it would inspire a whole new series of titles.

Fantasy Life's robust commercial performance in its homeland would appear to have secured a release overseas, as we've already seen trademarks filed in both North America and Europe.

With Luigi's Mansion 2 and Animal Crossing: New Leaf already setting cash registers ringing in Japan during 2013, it would appear that the 3DS has the handheld market totally sewn up in that region.