“Basically, from here on out, we want to make our games totally compatible with smart phones,” Level-5 founder Akihiro Hino recently told Nikkei Trendy. Hino also said it was necessary to bring console versions over, adding that recently children have been playing games on the smartphone.
Yo-kai Watch follows the adventures of a young boy, a magical watch, and a whole lot of yokai. Magical items are not new. Yokai are Japan’s traditional ghouls and goblins. So what makes Yo-Kai so different? Its hero.
Maybe you have fantasies of becoming a famous game creator with your own game studio. You should also have fantasies of not sleeping.
Yokai Watch, Level 5's popular spirit collecting game, is still going strong, with the game remaining in Japan's video game sales top 10 list for nearly a year. There's no catching lightning in a bottle like with Pokémon, but according to developer Level 5, if you really try, you can get pretty close.
This week, I spent four mornings out and about. I went to store after store. My mission was to locate toys from a popular anime. And boy, did I ever fail.
2013 was a great year for gaming. After what was accomplished this year, let's see what Japanese game developers hope to do in 2014.
Akihiro Hino, president of Japanese studio Level-5, recently told Nikkei Trendy that things were still in the planning stages when asked if his studio was doing a PS4 title. "We might be able to announce something shortly," said Hino.
Hayao Miyazaki isn't just an animator, a filmmaker, or a director. He's a cultural institution. Japanese kids grow up on his films. They are part of the country's zeitgeist. Meeting Miyazaki must be quite an experience, even when you are the biggest game developer in Japan. Make that especially when you are a famed…
Game trailers? Whatever. All the cool kids like watching figurine trailers, because there's something fist pumping about watching moving images of plastic mecha flying through the air.
Year after year, Level-5 is one of the biggest draws at the Tokyo Game Show. Except this year.
Well, Professor Layton's creator, that is. Level-5 honcho Akihiro Hino is penning the new Gundam cartoon series, Mobile Suit Gundam Age.
Level-5, best known for its talking role-playing games and Professor Layton puzzle games, is behind the new Gundam series called Mobile Suit Gundam Age. Does that mean the giant mecha will speak?
The Wii U is Nintendo's new console. You might be excited about it. You might not be. But what do Famitsu readers think?
There's a new Gundam series, penned by Professor Layton designer Akihiro Hino. It's dubbed Gundam Age. New Gundam means new Gundam toys.
Makes sense! Especially seeing how Layton designer Akihiro Hino is penning the story for new Gundam series, Gundam Age. His studio, Level-5, is also working on a new Gundam RPG for unspecified hardware.
Professor Layton designer Akihiro Hino will be penning the story for the upcoming Gundam series, Gundam Age. [JEFusion]
Five years ago, Akihiro Hino was coming off designing, writing, producing and directing two role-playing games, Rogue Galaxy and Jeanne d'Arc. He was young, ruddy and full of life. Then, the unthinkable happened. His games started taking over the entire country.