Yo-Kai Watch 4’s Western Localization Announced, Coming to Switch


Yo-Kai Watch 4 has had a bumpy road since it was first announced, to the point that fans wondered whether we’d even see the latest entry in the franchise come to the West. However, those fears have been seemingly put to rest during the Level-5 Anime Expo 2019 panel. According to Twitter user HDKirin from RPG Site, the title has been revealed to be getting a western localization and will be coming out for Nintendo Switch:

Unfortunately there’s no other information available at this time, due to Level-5’s strict no videos or photos at the panel policy. So we’ll just have to wait for any official announcements and assets from the company themselves. Meanwhile, check out the most recent Yo-Kai Watch 4 gameplay video and trailer.

There’s also sure to be news concerning their other IPs to be revealed during AX 2019, thanks to the status update they posted on Twitter a couple weeks ago from their official Professor Layton account. This marks the company’s first time attending the massive anime convention.

Recently both Yo-kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares were delayed in Japan several times due to ongoing quality issues, with the former set for a June 20th release. The latter does not have an official release date at this time, but Level-5 President Akihiro Hino did explain why the title has been so extensively delayed in the first place.

Anime Expo is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. The convention features many events and activities during the convention for attendees to take part in such as guest panels, table top gaming, competitions, an arcade, and concerts.

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Level-5 to Appear at Anime Expo for First Time Ever


Japanese developer and publisher Level-5 announced on their official Professor Layton Twitter account that they would be making an appearance at Anime Expo next month. The tweet simply states: “Stay tuned for more details!” This marks the first time the company has ever attended the massive North American event:

It’s interesting to note that since Level-5 specifically tweeted this through the Professor Layton account, there will be at least one announcement related to the franchise. Of course from the picture that accompanies the status update, we can also see outlines for characters from the Inazumi Eleven and Yokai Watch series. Which of course means we can surmise that those franchises will be most likely mentioned as well.

Hopefully we can also get some more news about their horror RPG Ushiro, which was originally planned for PSP, scrapped, and then revived for Nintendo Switch.

Recently both Yo-kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares were delayed in Japan several times due to quality issues, with the former set for a June 20th release. The latter does not have an official release date at this time, but Level-5 President Akihiro Hino did explain why the title has been so extensively delayed in the first place.

Anime Expo is an American anime convention held in Los Angeles, California and organized by the non-profit Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. The convention features many events and activities during the convention for attendees to take part in such as guest panels, table top gaming, competitions, an arcade, and concerts.

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Leaks Prior to E3 2019


Some of Bandai Namco Entertainment’s E3 reveals that were supposed to be a surprise have been leaked. Earlier today, screenshots for a new game in the Tales series called Tales of Arise seemingly leaked. Shortly thereafter, a PC, PS4, and Xbox One remaster of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has also leaked.

The existence of the aptly titled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered seems to have leaked on a ResetERA thread that was taken down shortly after it went like. Following this, Direct-Feed Games released the following tweet showcasing the game’s logo and some beautiful key art. Platforms for the remaster aren’t specified in the tweet, but we will likely learn where the game is headed to at E3.

For those of you that are unaware, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was initially developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PS3 in 2013. The game has stayed a PS3 exclusive since then, to the chagrin of many fans. In addition to some fun in-depth RPG mechanics, the game also features some beautiful cutscenes created by the famous Studio Ghibli. Hopefully, the game and these cutscenes look more gorgeous than ever in this remaster.

The game received a sequel in March 2018 title Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. You can pick that up on Amazon if you want to scratch your Ni No Kuni itch before the remasters announcement. As always, take this leak with a grain of salt as there is always a possibility it is fake, but if Bandai Namco Entertainment does announce Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered at E3, DualShockers will be sure to let you know.

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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom DLC ‘The Tale of a Timeless Tome’ Releases in March


Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is nearly one year old at this point, but Level-5 and Bandai Namco Entertainment still aren’t done releasing content for the game just yet.

Today, it was announced that the next piece of DLC for Ni No Kuni II entitled The Tale of a Timeless Tome will be launching next month on March 19. This new add-on is said to feature “new memories of Evan’s friends, more fighting methods, new locations, and characters.” It’ll also be arriving simultaneously on both of the game’s platforms, PS4 and PC.

As for the story details of this new DLC, here’s what Bandai Namco stated in today’s press release:

Evan and his friends hear a rumor about a mysterious rabbit dressed in a tuxedo that is being seen in people’s dreams. Evan decides to investigate by staying at the Goldpaw Inn. When Evan falls asleep, he finds himself in a dream world and encounters the rabbit who tells them he is the conductor. Who is this off character and what is his objective?

Bandai Namco also released a new set of screenshots for The Tale of the Timeless Tome today as well. These images feature the aforementioned rabbit character as well as some new glimpses of Evan on his latest journey. You can find these pics at the bottom of this article.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is out now on PS4 and PC. In case you haven’t read our glowing review of the game from last year, you can check it out here.






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Level-5 President Akihiro Hino Explains Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin’s Delays


During a 15 minutes live stream held today, Level-5’s President Akihiro Hino personally addressed Inazuma Eleven fans, explaining the multiple delays Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin has suffered from.

Hino-san started by explaining how Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin‘s game and anime projects were born. It was in order to release them a bit before the 2018 Football World Cup was held, June-July 2018, as having the biggest Football event right around the corner would get everyone fired up for the series. And yes, I said Football. I’m French and thus have the right and duty to call the sport by its true name, Football, instead of “soccer”.

As you should know, France brilliantly won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin anime did air in Japan, with a sequel titled Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin airing right now. And yet, the game still isn’t out. Hino-san enounced multiple reasons for this.

First off, development itself started later than scheduled because they spent too much time deciding on the story. They were even considering pushing back the anime version’s broadcast, which started in April 2018, and in the end, decided to tweak the story a bit. This is why despite airing during the World Cup, the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin anime’s story focused on Japan, and the World Cup-like tournament story only started in Inazuma Eleven Orion no Kokuin, whose broadcast started on October 2018 in Japan.

The next reason was quite saddening to hear. In the past, Level-5 developed each Inazuma Eleven game alone, without outside help. Because they wanted to release Ares no Tenbin in time for the 2018 World Cup, they decided to hire another company to help develop part of the game. According to Hino-san, this company accepted the job, even though it didn’t have enough employees to develop what they were assigned to. To make things worse, the company purposefully hid this fact from Level-5 for a long time. Level-5 did follow their work, but by the time they realized what was happening, releasing the game by July 2018 was impossible.

Hino-san explains how they couldn’t use the work that company provided either, as the game wouldn’t have turned out satisfying at all. Level-5 didn’t want fans to think they don’t care about Inazuma Eleven anymore. As such, Level-5 partnered up with a new company and restarted development from scratch.

As for a new release estimate, Hino-san says that he can’t guarantee it, but there’s a high chance the game will release not too long after May 2019. They’ll do their best to make a great game that won’t disappoint fans.

Following these explanations, Hino-san revealed new information on the game, introducing some of its characters, including Team Raimon, Team Ogre, Team Oumihara and Team Yokato. Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin is a game that’ll include all popular teams from past games. It’ll also have multiple events showing the characters interacting, including many story parts not shown in the anime version. You can take a look at the teams and some event scenes in the gallery below.

Lastly, because at this point Ares no Tenbin will release when everyone’s hyped with its sequel anime, Orion no Kokuin, there’s a high chance the Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin game will include content from Orion no Kokuin. If they do it, there’s a high chance it’ll be as DLC. They’re even considering changing the game’s name to reflect that as well.

To wrap things up, Hino-san talked a bit about Orion no Kokuin’s story, and its mysterious character Mitsuru Ichihoshi. He saw how many fans on the net speculate about his secrets, but everyone will be extremely shocked when they learn the truth. Currently, the anime reached a point where bits of information were revealed, but it’s far from over. Hino-san is having fun reading everyone’s theories, and it seems no one managed to get it 100% right yet. Enjoying the story like that and making theories is also what makes Inazuma Eleven fun. He also said to pay attention to the finals of the Asian tournament, as the main characters will face Team Chuugoku. Chuugoku being where coach Zhao Jin Yun is from, so there will be interesting things revealed.

While Level-5, like many other game companies, often delay their games, hearing all this makes it clear the company isn’t the sole entity at fault. It’s a very rare occurrence, seeing the President of a studio as big as Level-5 explaining himself like that. I’m not even into Inazuma Eleven and yet this was quite hard to watch at times. I hope they won’t run into further problems, and finally be able to release the game.

Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin will launch sometime after May 2019 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.







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Ni No Kuni II Gets New Update Adding Difficulty Levels, Rare Items, and More


Today Bandai Namco released a new update to Level-5’s lovely JRPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.

The update adds two brand new levels of difficulty that can be selected at the beginning of the game, Hard, and Expert. We also get new rare items and a plethora of tweaks and bug fixes.

Playing on harder difficulty modes won’t just increase the level of challenge, but also the quality of dropped items and the frequency of drops.

If you’re curious, you can check out a few screenshots from the accompanying press release below.

We learned at the end of May that the game shipped 900,000 copies, pushing the series past 2.8 million units shipped cumulatively between all games. There have been no updates since, but hopefully, it’s closer to a million now. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy our review.

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is currently available for PS4 and PC. If you want to purchase this absolutely charming JRPG, you can grab a copy of the game on Amazon.


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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Delayed to March to “Implement New Modes”


Bandai Namco announced that the long awaited RPG Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom will be delayed from January 19, 2018 to the new date of March 23, 2018.

Level-5 President and CEO Akihiro Hino addressed the reasonings behind the delay by citing that the team at Level 5 has implemented new modes that still need to be worked out before the game launches. Additionally, he adds that more details about the modes and the release will be shared soon.

The full letter from Hino-san can be read below:

Hello Ni no Kuni fans,

As you all know, Level-5 is committed to delivering the highest levels of design and quality in each of our titles. The development of our latest project, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, is coming along very nicely and we can’t wait to share this new adventure with you, our fans. In an effort to constantly innovate, we’ve also implemented new modes in Ni no Kuni II, including the new Skirmish and Kingdom Modes.

However, with innovation and new ideas comes the need to ensure everything works together in a fun and cohesive way; this means we’ll need a bit more time to make sure the entire Ni no Kuni II experience meets our highest quality standards. So today, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as we move Ni no Kuni II’s worldwide release date to March 23, 2018. We will be sharing more news about Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom in the coming weeks and months as we move closer to our new launch date. On behalf of everyone at Level-5, I want to thank you all for your patience and continued support.

Also, the new date is shown in the a new trailer launched today that gives a preview of the Japanese voice cast.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC-via Steam.

You can watch the new trailer below:



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