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“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.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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I realize that many of Level 5s games are for the 3ds, but for Hino to say that he wants ALL their games to run on mobile is concerning. Are they no longer going to make games of Console size & scope? That would be a major loss for the gamers everywhere.