Level 5 CEO Hints At North American Releases

By Spencer . July 8, 2010 . 6:23pm


Speaking with Nintendo Power, Akihiro Hino, CEO of Level 5, hinted that more Level 5 titles may be heading overseas. When asked about Inazuma Eleven, a soccer RPG series, and Ni no Kuni, the game publisher’s project with Studio Ghibli, Hino replied, “I don’t think it will that be long before you’re able to play these games.”


Level 5 will open a North American office in September. While no specific titles have been announced, Inazuma Eleven and Ni no Kuni seem like titles Level 5 International would localize. Aside from the quote, these two games plus the Professor Layton series are the most talked about Level 5 owned franchises.


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  • MrRobbyM

    I had no doubt Ni no Kuni would be localized but Inazuma?! Thanks Level 5!


    • kupomogli

      If you haven’t, you should try out Rogue Galaxy. Dark Cloud 2 is the best of the series, but I think Rogue Galaxy is better than that.

      • Rogue Galaxy was good, until your main character suddenly is all Super Saiyan at the end.

        • Mullane

          I dunno, I think his transformation has more of a likeness to a Hyper Enterran.

      • holyPaladin

        Eh I like Dark Cloud more because of Georama

      • Already did :), i wont let any level 5 game alone xD, nice game, but ending sucked so much

  • Natat

    Inazuma is getting localized? Damn this is so awesome!

  • Yaaayyy! I’m glad Level 5 will open a US office, I’m looking forward to playing their games!

  • epiphaniesarefun

    Please make it quicker than the wait for WKC ****pretty please?**** :P

  • lostinblue

    Thanks for the mention spencer.

    I just hope, since the DS is dying now, that they still manage to localize Inazuma Eleven 2 and 3 for it, or somewhat rework it for a 3DS release (although that could be like doing a new game, like the Inazuma Eleven Break remake for the Wii…)

    I mean, there must be a continuity right? and this is a franchise already.

    It’s a shame it took so ling, could have been a hit in Europe if it was released earlier in the DS lifespan.

  • Kaoro

    Now they need to speed up their releases. There’s no excuse for a game to come out a year after the Japanese release. Maybe if Level 5 publishes instead of relying on Sony/Nintendo, we’ll see these games soon.

  • Im getting Ni no Kuni for PS3 for sure!!

    thx Level 5!!

  • Something is wrong… I don’t see Jeane D’Arc 2 anywhere in there?

    • Probably because Jeanne D’arc is a Sony owned IP like Dark Cloud and White Knight Chronicles.

      • Well that would suck. How do you find out who owns the rights? I know SCE published the first game… but that doesn’t mean anything. Sony also Published Demon’s Souls in Japan.

  • Joanna

    Great news! I’ll be picking up both titles :D

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