Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Gets Western Release in 2014

During it’s latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo has announced that the 3DS crossover game Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be heading to North America and Europe in 2014.

The Japanese anime studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist) created the animation sequences for the game, while Level-5 and Capcom developed the game. Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney was released in Japan in November 2012.

Level-5’s Liberation Maiden Gets Worldwide Release on iOS

Level-5’s 3DS game Liberation Maiden is being released worldwide for iOS devices. The robot shooter game was originally produced by Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi “Suda 51” Suda (Lollipop Chainsaw) for the Guild01 videogame compilation, and features cutscenes animated by Bones animation studio.

The game is out now – selling at £2.99, $4.99 or ¥600 – and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

In Liberation Maiden, the player controls Shoko Ozora, Second President of New Japan, as she fights against invaders in order to liberate her country.

Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni Out Now

After some delays in its western release, Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s RPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is now available on PlayStation 3.

The story follows Oliver, a young boy who travels to a parallel world to become a magician in the hopes that he can bring his mother back from the dead. Along with a decidedly Welsh companion, Drippy, Oliver tames many beasts that help him to defeat the formidable foes of this other world – all wonderfully realised in the typical Ghibli art style.

Ni No Kuni European release pushed back to 1 February

Namco Bandai UK has announced that the European and Australasian release of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli’s game Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been delayed until the 1 February.

The company has said the change is due to logistical delays beyond its control; however, as an apology for this delay, the game will come with a free download of a new ‘Draggle’ familiar character.

Namco Bandai has also recently released another behind the scenes feature of Ni No Kuni that looks at the music of Joe Hisaishi, the composer of many Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Another Ni No Kuni Behind the Scenes Video Looks at Studio Ghibli’s Art

Namco Bandai Games’ European division have released another behind the scenes look at the PS3 release Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In this video, the Director of Animation at Studio Ghibli Yoshiyuki Momose, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino and the animation production staff who worked on the RPG discuss Studio Ghibli’s animation for the game, and how they approached Ghibli’s art style and the gameplay.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in America on 22 January 2013 and Europe will receive the game on 25 January.

To watch the first production video about Level-5 click here.

Sega Sues Level-5 Over a Violation of Two Patents in Inazuma Eleven

Sega sues Level 5Sega is suing Level-5, claiming that the Inazuma Eleven football game series is in violation of two of its patents. The suit is in direct relation to the manipulation of a character in game with the usage of a stylus or finger. Sega is seeking damages of ¥900 million (£6.78m), and also wants to block the sale of all eight Inazuma Eleven games. Level-5 has responded, saying, “We are preparing to refute the claim, and will withhold any further comment at this time.”

The first Inazuma Eleven game was released in 2008 on the Nintendo DS, and, along with seven other subsequent games, has spawned several anime and manga adaptations; the most recent of which, Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W, was released in Japanese cinemas earlier this month.

A Look Behind the Scenes of Studio Ghibli’s Game Ni No Kuni

With the long-awaited western release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch approaching, the folks at Namco Bandai Games’ European studios have released a behind the scenes look of Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s RPG.

In the video, Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino and game director Ken Motomura discuss the company’s history and interpretation of the Japanese videogame industry, as well as discussing the game itself.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in America on 22 January 2013 and Europe will receive the game on 25 January.