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Another new interview is in with Akihiro Hino. This time, GameSpot is the latest outlet to have spoken with the Level-5 CEO. Topics include potentially bringing past projects to Switch, why Katrielle is the new protagonist of the Layton series (and whether or not she’s really Professor Layton’s daughter), and reminiscing on Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.

Find these excerpts from the interview below. You can read GameSpot’s full interview here.

Level-5 has slightly delayed The Snack World: Trejarers in Japan. The 3DS game will now launch on August 10th, moved back from the initially announced July 13th release date. According to Level-5, the delay was necessary in order to improve the quality of the game. A new trailer and several new TV commercials were also released, which you can find past the break.

Yo-kai Watch 3 version 4.0 trailer

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Level-5 is releasing a new update for Yo-kai Watch 3 this summer, highlighted by the addition of new yo-kai. View a trailer for the update below.

Level-5 president Akihiro Hino was asked about Switch support once again while speaking with Game Informer at E3 2017 last week. Here’s the exchange between the two:

How has work gone with the Nintendo kingdom recently, and are you excited about making games for the Switch?

Well, let’s just say the Nintendo kingdom, in recent years, has really sprung back with the Nintendo Switch, so I think it’s time to increase our foreign trade development department with the Nintendo kingdom.

We also heard from Hino a few days ago. In an interview with Eurogamer, he mentioned that Level-5 is trying to see if the Layton series could work on Switch, but the lack of a touchscreen when the system is docked is bringing about some challenges.


Level-5 prepared a brand new trailer for Layton’s Mystery Journey, which is on the way to 3DS. View it below.

Along with today’s trailer, Level-5 announced a partnership with SCRAP for a “Real World Puzzle Solving” campaign. Here’s what we know about it:

“To commemorate the release of Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and The Millionaires’ Conspiracy, Level-5 has teamed up with SCRAP — a company that creates real escape games — to produce a puzzle-solving event that challenges users around the world to solve 50 puzzles that appear on the internet and in special locations in 10 countries, including Japan, the U.S., the U.K., South Korea, and Australia. This world-wide event will take place for roughly three months, starting on June 20 and ending on September 21.”

The first puzzle is about Pikotaro’s “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” song. You can participate on the official site at Layton.world.


Level-5 is taking on more of an ownership role for its franchises in the west. With the Layton series for example, Nintendo was in charge of those games for North America and Europe. But with Layton’s Mystery Journey, Level-5 will be self-publishing the game this fall.

Director of production at Level-5 abby, George Valko, was recently asked what the publishing experience has been like in a recent interview. He said the following:

“It’s been fun and also challenging. Everything you try adds a new initial frustration and challenge, but we’ve learned a lot and it’s made us a bigger and better company. So we’re really looking forward to our next titles, we know exactly what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. That said, we’re looking forward to publish more and more as we release more and more games.”

Valko was specifically asked if Level-5’s plans include the Inazuma Eleven series. Regarding this, Valko said: “That’s something we are definitely looking into, but we can’t really give a definitive answer at the moment.”


The next game in the Professor Layton game series, Layton’s Mystery Journey, is out this year – but what’s in store for the series after that? Speaking to Eurogamer, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino has said the following about a possible Layton game on the Nintendo Switch:

I played Zelda. I love the Switch. I think it’s amazing hardware. The problem is, the Layton series does a lot with the touchscreen and pointing. So, the problem with the Switch is, if you play on handheld you can do it, but if you put it on the dock… we’re trying to figure out how that would play into it.

If we can get around that and figure out a way of doing it, definitely we’re looking into putting the next Layton onto the Switch.

At the very least, it’s good to see Level-5 being so frank about it, and it seems they are committed to figuring things out with regards to a Switch game.


Yo-kai Watch 3 has been continuously getting updates in Japan that add new content, and the next one is on the way. Update 4.0 will be released this Summer and will, among other things, add several new Yo-kai. Each of the game’s three versions will get one exclusive Yo-kai:

  • Sushi version: Indie J
  • Tempura version: Neko 2-sei
  • Sukiyaki version: Zom Bie C

New Yo-Kai will also be added to the game’s Busters T mode: Mr. Scope, Eldragon, Hino Tori, Cleplepatra, Yamato Bokeru.


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