Fantasy Life: Link! Update Makes The Game Feel Almost Like An MMO

By Sato . May 24, 2013 . 10:00am

Level-5’s Nintendo 3DS RPG, Fantasy Life, will be getting a meaty content update this Summer, that will be adding online play, a rise in level cap, additional quests and new communication methods. We reported some of these earlier in the week, but the official website brings us a few new details.


As detailed in our previous report, the game’s Link Mode will allow you to play with up to four players together over the Internet, with any of your buddies on the 3DS Friends List.


You’ll have a choice of either using your stylus to type out messages or by selecting pre-made messages by pressing the chat icon on the right side of the bottom screen.


This feature will come in handy for tough boss fights, where you’ll be able to use the pre-made messages as shortcuts in a timely manner. Additionally, you’ll get to write out your own words and set them as shortcuts, as well.



The Link Mode feature can also be used when you’re playing single player. It will allow you to send messages to any of your friends, and they can receive it as long as they’re online. This should be a great way to ask your friends about any strategies for the next boss or to invite them to team up for multiplayer.


The messaging system also has an option that allows you to send a message to all of your friends at once. So if you feel like showing off the latest gear you’ve found or your level, the “Send to All” button will make it pretty easy.


In addition, Level-5 will be opening a browser-based social media platform for all Fantasy Life: Link! on the day of its release.


According to Level-5, this website will feature:

  • A look at your avatar and equipment.
  • Your license and parameter features.
  • Your own customizable room, along with pets.
  • An album full of screenshots you’ve taken in-game.
  • A messaging feature with your web-friends.
  • Much more to come.


Yep, screenshots. This will be a newly added feature that allows you to take screenshots in the game at any time. The images will be saved onto your SD card, which you’ll be able to use to upload onto your Fantasy Life: Link social media account.


Here’s a look at the new island you’ll be exploring. It is said that the island will be home to a different kind of civilization, which will include new monsters.


The mysterious island will mainly consist of forests, plains and beaches that will be great for fishing. It will also include a giant tower that reaches the sky, which Level-5 will be showing off on their next update.


Fantasy Life: Link! will be available as a Nintendo eShop download at 2,000 yen ($20) for those who already own the basic version of the game, while a packaged version with the game and update will be sold for 4,980 yen ($50). It is slated for release on July 25th in Japan.


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  • Ferofax

    For the love of everything holy… LOCALIZE PLEEEEEEEEEASE!

  • Chogokin

    Looks like a fantastic way to practice Japanese.

    • ronin4life

      Thats the excuse I will be using to justify my purchase!!

      May 29th, Fantasy life will be mine 50% off on eshop… Mwahahaha…

  • Fairlee

    Now, we just need it in English.

  • vanhyde

    This is MUST come to US!
    Come here, Level-5 I have the Money :3

  • MrRobbyM

    Level-5 must want this to become big. That’s a big update right there. I’d so buy this up if localized!

  • Pedro Tavares

    Damn, Level 5 please start localizing your games for us Europeans and for the americans.

    Inazuma Eleven Go, Time Travelers, Fantasy Life, Yokai Watch, all fun games to play but we only get Layton and Inazuma Eleven 3 years late.

    • I don’t think we’ll get Time Travelers but all the others are more likely.

  • xxqwertyx

    Knowing level-5 and their painstaking attention to the quality of their localization, i highly doubt that we’re getting this at Q3 :(

    • neocatzon

      On the bright side, we know they care for the quality. I like how they play it safe but steady, building proper fanbase before releasing their game on that region. :)

      • Zeether

        How does ANYONE know what they’re doing? Their international division so far has just brought us the Guild 01/02 games and then let Namco/Nintendo handle Layton and Ni No Kuni (oh, thanks for not localizing the DS game either guys, I’m still mad because of that) while ignoring the fact that there’s at least 4 games sitting right bang in front of them that they HAVEN’T LOCALIZED. I seriously hope they announce something worthwhile at E3, or they’re dead to me. No point in opening an international branch to sit on stuff and not localize it. What a disappointment.

        • xxqwertyx

          Calm down hahaha XD

          Well what we do know is that they do release quality localizations, i have never seen a level-5 game with poor localization.. About games not being translated or being translated super late, well there are many things to consider before they put out a localization. First, will the game sell in other region? If it will, is it worth the trouble? (ni no kuni ds was not, the book was too troublesome to translate that’s why it never got localized) Also games like layton or rpg games like ni no kuni and fantasy life have tons of dialogues and item names and descriptions, it will take time. It also makes it extra troublesome that japanese characters have different width than other characters, this a pain for the programmers and ui designers. (I should know, i’ve done it XD)

          And as far as i know, japanese developers would already be happy even if their game just sold well in japan, we should just be thankful we’re getting their games, in well, “fashionably late” manner XD And i have no idea what they are doing in the international branch ;D

          • neocatzon

            Thank you xxqwertyxx you put it really well :) Ni no kuni is heavily tied to the book, i believe there’s an article or two talking about how sound their decision was.

            Though slow, level 5 never disappointed me with their localization. I’m totally blown with ni no kuni dual language and layton’s gentleman voice. Where did they get the VAs? XD
            Also there’s a user here named Will Jay that keep spewing good news about little battler.

  • Asaoko

    Why must the Nintendo 3DS be region locked?! If it weren’t, then I’d buy it even though I’d be struggling with the language! Why, Level-5, why?! Do you love to see us in anguish that much?! Or is this the “if I wait for this game for a very long long time, it must be really fun!”, in other words, cognitive dissonance?!

    Level-5, you need not do this…!!!

    …Okay I’ll shut up. I just really want to play it, you see.

  • Ethan_Twain

    This is interesting. Both Fantasy Life and Bravely Default being big RPG type 3DS games with extensive browser game additions. How are these free browser games monetized? Is this just the Japanese equivalent of companion smartphone apps that release along side Dead Space or Injustice in the west? Are there games for other consoles with browser game extensions? Vita games?

    Have there been any games released outside Japan along with their browser game companions? If yes, what? If not, why?

    • Just to avoid confusion, this isn’t really a browser game. It’s just as social network they developed to support the 3DS game. Kind of similar to how you can upload Animal Crossing screenshots to Twitter in Japan, but on a much grander scale.

  • Zeether

    Why does Level-5 never tell us jack on localizations? BRING THIS HERE ALREADY. Seriously, I love Guild 01/02 but the fact that they don’t care for this is just STUPID!

  • DragonSix

    Damn I want this!

  • Rogerrmark

    Looks similar to the Dream World feature in Pokémon.Except tha this is an update not included in the original game.

    Now,localize damn it D:

  • $29082171

    I’m not too worried about localization since they already filled trademarks for this game in both Europe and America.

    My concern is whether or not we’ll get the Link version right away.

  • puchinri

    One of the things I love about L-5 is how they handle their DLC (and later additions/updates in general). This is really nice, and that web-based part is also a great perk.

    I really hope this title makes it to other regions (and does well there too). ♥

    • You’d think more companies would take this approach, wouldn’t you? It doesn’t alienate the existing fanbase and the newcomers are getting a complete title.

      I just want them to bring over this and their over wonderful looking titles over so I can show my support.

      • puchinri

        I know, huh? It’s kind of weird (and quite disappointing) that more don’t. Hopefully that’ll change in the future though.

        Same here~. They have so many great titles that I’d love to support and enjoy.

  • Eric Harris

    I’m looking forward to this more than Animal Crossing. And that’s an achievement.

    • Pedro Tavares

      Its the game I want more besides Pokemon and Yokai Watch at this point.

  • Caleb

    In regards to multiplayer, is it separate from the main game, or are you allowed to do ALL quests with friends?

    It says “Link” mode is available in single player, but I wasn’t sure if that meant that you have the ability to chat to your friends as opposed to actually having them involved in single player aspects of the game.

    I’m just looking for a clarification.

    • Ferofax

      “The Link Mode feature can also be used when you’re playing single player. It will allow you to send messages to any of your friends, and they can receive it as long as they’re online.”

      I dunno how you missed that part. Link Mode in single player is messaging and invites to multiplayer. Multiplayer is where the actual multiple player interaction happens.

      • Caleb

        What in the world… I could re-quote my entire post and say,
        “I dunno how you missed that part”. You didn’t answer my question at all. Thanks if you were actually trying to be helpful, though.

  • An Tran

    Really wish Soul Sacrifice Delta could’ve been like this, offering the updated content for less if you have the original game (in both digital AND physical).

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