Pre-Loading Now Available for Yo-Kai Watch 2 in North America

September 16th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Anyone that pre-purchased either Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits or Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls in the 3DS eShop can now pre-load the game so they can start playing as soon as it unlocks on launch day, September 30.

Each game is priced at $39.99. As for file size, Bony Spirits takes up 14,459 Blocks, while Fleshy Souls takes up 14,457 Blocks.

Source: Nintendo Life

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Lady Layton Announced at Level-5 Vision 2016

July 27th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

Titled Lady Layton: The Conspiracy of King Millionaire Ariadne, the latest game in the Layton series will star former-protagonist Professor Hershel Layton’s daughter Catriel Layton, a detective currently searching for her father, who mysteriously disappeared.

Developer Level-5 premiered the first trailer for the game yesterday at their Vision press event, introducing everyone to Catriel and providing a brief look at the kinds of puzzles and mysteries she will be taking on.

The game will launch for the 3DS, Android and iOS in spring 2017 in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

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Level-5 Trademarks Pop Up for “Lady Layton,” “Inazuma Eleven Ares” and More

July 26th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Trademarks belonging to developer Level-5 recently appeared on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website, indicating possible names for new entries in their various franchises.

Names spotted include:

  • Lady Layton
  • Inazuma Eleven Ares
  • YO-KAI DAIJITEN
  • YO-KAI WATCH Geraporhythm
  • Otmé HERO
  • Megaton Musashi

Level-5 Vision, the company’s big press event, is scheduled to take place on July 27 in Japan. They have confirmed that their fourth cross-media franchise Snack World, Yo-Kai Watch and a mystery title will all be discussed at the event.

Source: NeoGAF

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Physical and Digital Versions of YO-KAI WATCH 2 Get Different Bonuses

July 13th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Not only will YO-KAI WATCH 2 players have to choose between the unique Yo-kai exclusive to each version of the game – Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls – they will also have to choose between the physical and digital versions in order to get exclusive bonuses.

Physical copies will come with a special Yo-kai Medal. When scanned into the game, it grants the Yo-kai Jibanyan a powerful new Soultimate Move. As for digital copies, they will give players the opportunity to fight and befriend the Yo-kai Sailornyan or Robonyan F.

To make the decision more difficult, the physical and digital bonuses will differ slightly depending on whether YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits or YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls are purchased.

Source: Press Release

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New Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton Title to Be Announced at Level-5 Vision 2016

June 24th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino confirmed that the next Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton game will be announced at their Level-5 Vision 2016 event on July 27.

Details are still scarce, but Hino did mention that the new Inazuma Eleven will have a new protagonist and that the game’s story will be more like the original game and not include the outlandish story elements brought in with the sequels.

As for the new Layton, there will also be a new protagonist and Hino confirmed that it will not be Professor Layton’s son Alfendi Layton, who was introduced in the mobile-only Layton Brothers: Mystery Room.

Source: Gematsu

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Yo-Kai Watch Sequels Coming to the U.S. This Fall

May 16th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls are launching for the 3DS on September 30 in the U.S, Nintendo recently announced.

Similar to the paired release formula seen since the days of Pokémon Red and Blue, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls will each have their own sets of Yo-kai exclusive to their version. There will also be more than 100 new Yo-kai to track down this time around, plus several new locations to visit.

Additionally, the second season of the Yo-Kai Watch anime is confirmed to return this summer on Disney XD. DVDs of the first season are planned to hit stores later this year.

Source: Press Release

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Professor Layton Puzzle Designer Akira Tago Dead at 90

March 15th, 2016 | Category: Uncategorized

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Akira Tago, the psychologist in charge of designing the puzzles for the Professor Layton series, died on March 6 from interstitial pneumonia. He appeared in the games’ credits with the title “Puzzle Master.”

Outside of the Layton franchise, Tago was also a professor emeritus of Chiba University , honorary emeritus of Tokyo Future University and the author of the long-running Atama no Taisou (Head Gymnastics) series of puzzle books.

Source: The Japan Times [via GoNintendo]

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Nintendo to Publish Yo-Kai Watch in North America

April 07th, 2015 | Category: Uncategorized

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After a nearly two year gap since its launch in Japan, Level-5’s hugely popular Yo-Kai Watch franchise is finally coming to North America with Nintendo publishing the first game in the series.

The 3DS RPG has players making friends with ghost-like creatures called Yo-kai that can be summoned to do battle against other Yo-kai and help people with their everyday problems.

The game was also announced for Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. A release date has yet to be announced.

Source: Press Release

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Yo-Kai Watch Coming to the West Next Year

August 19th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

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Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino announced that the company is planning to release their popular RPG ghost-battling RPG Yo-Kai Watch in the West next year.

From an interview with Hino in zakzak.co.jp:

“In regards too foreign markets, we have been taking a look at it in regards to Yo-kai Watch. We are in development planning to release it sometime next year. We think it has a big appeal as a very Japanese-ish fantasy story. We already have support from a foreign toy maker company saying that it will be a definite success.”

The games have been doing incredibly well in Japan. The first Yo-Kai Watch managed to sell a million units in a little less than a year, and the sequel, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke editions, did the same in its opening week.

Source: NeoGAF

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SDCC 2014 Hands-On: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

July 29th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized

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Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright, the stars of two of the biggest visual novels on the DS and 3DS, needed to meet eventually. Thankfully, Capcom and Level-5 realized this and made Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. While the game has been out in Japan for nearly two years and is taking its merry little time coming out in North America, it looks like it’ll be worth the wait.

The demo appears to start sometime after the game’s actual opening. Layton and Phoenix are already in the medieval-style city of Labyrinthia and both characters seem to already know the first defendant, Espella Cantabella. The game is broken up into two segments: one where you play as Layton and another where you play as Phoenix.

In Layton’s section, the professor and his companion Luke head into Labyrinthia, where they run into Phoenix and his assistant Maya. During this part of the game, the user interface and gameplay style mimic previous Layton games. You tap around the screen visiting different parts of town and talking with various people. Occasionally, you come across some puzzles or brainteasers that need to be solved. This should all sound very familiar to those accustomed to the series.

After meeting Phoenix, who appears to believe he’s a baker for some reason, a series of events occur that require him to appear in court to defend Espella. Here, the game switches play styles and becomes more like the Ace Attorney series. You’re given the ability to review important information in the Court Record and you get to cross examine witnesses. Since Labyrinthia isn’t America Japan, their courts can have different sets of rules. One of the major changes in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright is that there can now be multiple witnesses giving their testimony on the stand at one time. However, this doesn’t have as much of an effect on gameplay as you would think. You are talking to a group of people, but it still just feels like you’re looking for inconsistencies in one really long testimony.

After pointing out a couple of easy faults in the witnesses’ logic, the demo quickly came to an end.

Despite the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series taking very different approaches to the visual novel genre, they mesh surprisingly well. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney appears to take the best of both worlds and craft an exceptionally entertaining package. The wait until August 29 with be a hard one.

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