Hino: “Our Games Keep Getting Delayed”

From this week’s issue (1623) of Weekly Famitsu; Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino says his company are going to challenge new things in 2020 and talks about development for games keep getting delayed. Pictured is Inazuma Eleven: Heroes’ Great Road which is now listed as “2020” on the game’s website but was originally set to launch to coincide with the 2018 World Cup. Buy Weekly Famitsu here (use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all physical orders above $20). Thanks to BlackKite for the translation, which is listed in full below…

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Level-5 Celebrates 21st Anniversary

Level-5 celebrated its 21st anniversary on 28 October with characters from several of its top series (including Yo-kai Watch, Professor Layton, and Inazuma Eleven) coming to the office to celebrate with cakes and bouquets!

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Ni No Kuni Movie Announced

Warner Bros. Japan have just announced an animated Ni no Kuni movie opening this Summer in Japan. It’ll be directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, with music by Joe Hisaishi, Akihiro Hino responsible for the screenplay, and Hiroyoshi Koiwai as producer. The movie’s protagonist, Yu, will be voiced by Kento Yamazaki.

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Yokai Watch 5th Anniversary Site Open 

Level-5 have opened up a teaser website for the Yokai Watch 5th Anniversary game that will be revealed on 27 June. The game will likely be released for smartphones although company President Akihiro Hino said in March that “in the future our main titles will all be released on Nintendo Switch. The idea is that what we have created for 3DS will move over to Switch”.

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All Main Level-5 Games Will Be On Switch 

Level-5 President Akihiro Hino recently spoke with Nikkei Trendy and said that “in the future our main titles will all be released on Nintendo Switch. The idea is that what we have created for 3DS will move over to Switch”. The Snack World: Trejarers Gold releases on 12 April with Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin planned for Summer. Yokai Watch 4 hasn’t been officially announced but will be coming to Nintendo Switch when it is. Hino also confirmed a Level-5 Vision 2018 event for Fall 2018. Thanks to Gematsu.