Remember Megaton Musashi, Level-5's next big cross-media project? It was announced as a 3DS game way back in 2016, and its release was to be supported by a range of anime, toys and other media events – a process which has served Level-5 rather well with the Yo-Kai Watch series.
After a few years of silence – something that's understandable when you consider that the game has now jumped to the Switch and PS4 – Megaton Musashi is back in the spotlight. We already know that it's scheduled for release in Japan this November, and Level-5 is building up the promotional campaign with a new commercial, which you can view above.
Set in a world where 90% of the Earth's population has been wiped out, the game takes the form of a robot-battling RPG. As was planned back in 2016, an anime series will support the game's launch. In fact, the animated series kicked off at the start of October, and is accompanied by an internet anime spinoff called "After School". In addition to this, there's also a collaboration with Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and a merchandising partnership with toy giant Bandai.
While a physical version of the Switch game is planned for Japan, there's no word on a western release – which is the unfortunate fall-out of Level-5's withdrawal from the West.
As well as the commercial above, Level-5 has also released a video that outlines the story and shows off some gameplay:
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Remember when Level-5 wasn’t a pathetic shell of itself?
They really fell fast from their DS/3DS glory days.
They killed any chance of being succesful in the west beyond the first few Layton’s with their inability to localize anything faster then 2-3 years and their insistence that eveyrhting needed to be multimedia with an anime and a buncha garbage.
Still ticked off that we’ll likely never see that Yo-Kai Watch 4 localization we were promised.
Hope english is an option ...
Such a shame this. I mean, it didn't have mega seller written all over it or anything, but I thought it looked good. That 3D Yokai Watch was a missed opportunity over here, mind.
That looks really promising, hopefully it will get some sort of Western release. Although I hope they don’t repeat the ridiculous situation they had with Yokai Watch where they’d release it in the US and make the rest of the world wait 6 months. All the hype was gone by the time it came out over here.
Still patiently waiting for that promised Yo-kai Watch 4 localization...and I suspect I'll still be waiting quite awhile.
Bring it to the west, you won't.
Very disappointed to hear this. I've been hoping that some other company will make a localization and distribution deal with Level-5.
What about Kaio: King of Pirates?
Looks really cool. I would love to get it over here!!
Also, spread the word at NintenoLife.com, quotation marks go outside of punctuation.
So... "After School."
not "After School".
The pilot in the first image (video banner) looks a bit like Mikazuki from Gundam IBO
Getting sorta hyped for this game, it’s just the backlog is the monster that won’t be slain.
I remember waiting for Fantasy Life to get localized. It hurt so much, yet it was so worth it
Same but we're going to have to wait for another company to make it. Seemes they closed the project
Still bummed about what happened with Level-5. They've released several stone-cold classics over the years.
Still waiting for Yo Kai Watch 4........
...Could someone PLEASE buyout Level-5 already?
@MH4 Me too mate. Me too....
@BulkSlash Didn't help that by the time Yokai Watch was beginning to roll out in the west, it was quickly overlooked for Pokemania Part 2 (This was 2016 after all)
@Pikachupwnage I blame the curse of owning Mighty Number 9. (Yes, it's true. Check the Wikipedia page for Level-5)
@ShinyWitten I really keep hoping that Nintendo will pick up publishing rights for Level-5 titles outside of Japan. Not all of their games have been hits, but I do like the monster catching/befriending take in the Yo-kai Watch series and love the Professor Layton series. Not to mention they've lended a helping hand with some classic franchises like Dragon Quest.
@MathGeekDave Fantasy Life Online is getting a global release thanks to a third party so anything is possible
Who cares about this game? It's never going to step on Western lands.
It looks pretty good, tho. A pity Level 5 became so dissapointing.
@Chocobo_Shepherd most writers on this site hail from the UK. In British English, punctation goes outside quotation marks. It's the exact inverse of US English, go figure?!
I see a lot of comments regarding Level-5's work on the DS/3DS. I myself played Fantasy Life. However, my fondest memories of Level-5 are their RPGs from the PS2 era, with the Dark Cloud series, Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy and a few that did come out later. I keep hoping they'll go back, but at this point they may have gone too far to do so.
@Pikachupwnage there was about a 2 year gap between the first two Professor Laytons.
Please level-5 PLEASE localize yo Kai watch 4!
Does it have english?
I love Japanese games. They just always seems to have an overly unnecessarily complicated system of some sort. Like monster hunter is a good example. The amount of stuff you can set for the hot keys is enormous.
@handyboots That's insane.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have the honour to eat some bangers, chips and then an ice lolly or Spotted Dick for pudding.
Good thing it's a mech game that's not coming out in US, cuz i won't miss it. I can't stand mech related games for some reason. I like level 5, tho, so maybe something different can come here, if they ever make more than 1 game a decade, again, lol.
sadly it was cancelled
Amped up for this
@IronDaughter ...exactly. I was hoping that Level 5 would pick up the game again.
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