Having made its début on Nintendo DS in 2011, the Inazuma Eleven series has become something of a surprise hit in Europe – spawning two sequels and even a Wii spin-off. Over in North America, the DS games have been long forgotten by Nintendo’s localisation team, as Level-5’s started from the ground up with a 3DS remake of the original title for that region.
Developer: Level-5 Publisher: Nintendo Review Platform: Nintendo 3DS Also Available on: 3DS eShop EU Release Date: 13/06/14 NA Release Date: TBC Genre: Sport Simulation / RPG Players: 1-4 (local) Price: £34.99 File-Size: 23, 524 blocks PEGI: 12
Hot on the heels of last year’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, those games’ protagonists are set to team up in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for Nintendo 3DS in just over a month. Continue reading →
With Wii Fit U out last week, Nintendo’s continuing its apparent push to target the Wii U towards casual gamers with this week’s release of two Wii Sports Club mini-games. Bowling and Tennis are the first two reskinned Wii games to arrive as part of this package – you can pick up a Wii Sports Club Day Pass for £1.79, offering you twenty-four hours of gameplay from any of the available sports, or buy each sport individually for £8.99.
It’s worth noting that these games have been outsourced to Namco Bandai, where HD graphics, MotionPlus controls and online multiplayer have been integrated into the experience. Continue reading →
For the unaware, Inazuma Eleven is Level-5’s football RPG series that has become a massive success in Japan. Since the original game’s début in 2008, it’s spawned animé, manga, toys, a trading card game and even three movies. However, this series has taken its sweet time coming to the West, as we are only getting the series’ third instalment this September. Meanwhile over in Japan, they will be enjoying the sixth games – Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy: Big Bang and Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy: Super Nova – before 2014. Continue reading →
All the way back in 2010, at Level-5’s Vision conference, Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright was announced for the 3DS in Japan. For years there was no word of localisation apart from a poll held by Capcom to see which Japan-only game fans would like to see. Layton Vs. Wright won with over 7000 votes but no confirmation came from Capcom or Nintendo. The game released in Japan on November 29, 2012 and thus many people assumed we would never see it in the West. Continue reading →
Level-5’s Professor Layton series has been an annual affair, first on DS, and now on Nintendo 3DS, for six years, with the final game in the puzzling prequel trilogy – Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy – arriving later this year.
Will we see the professor return on Nintendo 3DS next year? Unless Level-5 begins work on a new saga, or works with Nintendo to localise Professor Layton Vs. Ace Attorney, perhaps you’d like to see something a little different from Level-5 – maybe a Layton spin-off series on Wii U?
Sadly, the late 2013 release date for Azran Legacy only applies to Europe, as North American puzzle fans must wait until 2014 for their next Layton fix.
Developer: Vivarium / Level-5 Publisher: Level-5 Review Platform: 3DS Download Also Available On: N/A Release Date: 29/11/12 Genre: Simulation / Strategy Players: 1 Price: £4.49 PEGI: 3
Airports are tedious. They’re full of queuing, rushing and, if you’re like me and are nervous about flying, airports are also full of worrying. Aeroporter is similar in a way. It’s a game full of waiting, hurrying and stress. But I’d struggle to call Aeroporter tedious. Frequently frustrating, sure, but never tedious.