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Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom | Review

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Meghan Kass

In 2011, developer Level- 5 along with Studio Ghibli created something beautiful and unique; it was the game Ni No Kuni. With all the charm of a Studio Ghibli film and a unique gameplay, it was no wonder why a sequel would happen. This time around, Level-5 is on its own without the help of Ghibli. This could have either meant a recipe for disaster or a way for Level-5 to prove itself a champion among RPG developers. Could Level-5 continue the charm of the first Ni No Kuni? Let’s take a closer look at Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.

This time around, we connect our world and the “other world” via main character from (presumably) our world. The character this time around is name Roland. He is the president of some unnamed country and due to a bomb going off, he is transported to the other world of Ding Dong Dell. Roland is then thrown into the position of assisting a young  and enthusiastic king, Evan, to save his life and kingdom from a usurper and even starting a new kingdom to promote the uniting of all kingdoms and end all war instead of seeking revenge on the usurper who threatened Evan and more. That is the basic bare bones of the story, but of course there is much more story to discover in this story and many more characters to meet. Overall, this story is not some dark and gritty tale but one that promotes more optimism and child like wonder.  Some might be turned off and call the story saccharine and too sweet, but I for one enjoy a happy story once in a while. Some might also be turned off the personalities of the main characters. Roland isn’t  a terrible character, but can be bland and Evan might be seen as annoying and insufferable. While Evan was not as appealing to me as Oliver from the first game, I didn’t find him to be a deal breaker for the game for me.

The gameplay is significantly improved, in my opinion from the first game. Revenant Kingdom has done away with the familiar system and the combination of real time and turn based combat. This time the gameplay is all real time and you don’t have familiars, but creatures called Higgledys that assist you. You can command them to perform tasks or you can let them do their own attacks and movements.  This is a much more simple, but effective gameplay system that definitely makes the game flow better and fluidly. It feels less cumbersome and leaves room for another fun game mechanic.

The second change to Revenant Kingdom is the addition of the kingdom building system. Part way through the game, you will be introduced to a kingdom building system in which you will employ people to run various shops or services and recruit others to become one of your citizens. While this is almost optional, I quickly became very enamored with improving and building up my little kingdom to give me very helpful tools and bonuses.

Of course, you must also have defense for your kingdom. Ni No Kuni II also introduces an army mechanic of sorts. There are times you will need to fight off hordes of enemies, for example, bandits. You will control your forces and lead them by commanding them, to take on your enemies. There are special attacks and special units to employ. You will have to keep track of your military might and budget your special attacks. Hopefully, they are strong enough and plentiful enough to fend them off and defend or claim your territory.


Overall, Ni No Kuni II is a sweet game with addicting gameplay. You can easily invest 40+ hours into the game and not feel like you are just padding time.  The story may be too sweet and simplistic for some, but if you have a love for child like wonder and adventure, solid gameplay and JRPGs, this game is not to be missed. I haven’t found myself in love with a new JRPG like this for some time and didn’t think I would love it almost as much as the original. To me, it was worth the full price to play, but maybe wait for a sale if the story concept or characters don’t seem to appeal to you.



Yo-kai Watch 4 announced for Switch

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Jason Nason

According to a post at Gematsu, Yo-kai Watch 4 is in development for the Nintendo Switch and will launch in Japan in 2018.

Touma Tsukinami, Natsume Amano, Keesuke Amano, and Akinori Arihoshi from the Yo-kai Watch Shadowside anime are said to appear in the game.

The Post goes on to quote Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hinobin saying that “the game content will be super extremely enhanced” and there will be “mechanics that surprise everyone.”

The first two Yo-Kai Watch titles were published by Nintendo for the 3DS in the west, but the third title has yet to he released in North America. It’s more than likely we’ll see Yo-Kai Watch 3 in North America for the holidays this year, and a Switch iteration next year.


New Layton anime on the way in April

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Jason Nason

The Professor Layton series is nearing ready to debut as an anime in Japan in April 2018. The TV anime adaptation based on Level-5’s adventure game Layton Detective Agency ~Katrielle’s Mystery Solving File~ is set to premiere on Fuji in about two months.

According to Crunchyroll, the protagonist Katrielle Layton, the daughter of Professor Layton and who was at the forefront of the latest title released last fall for the Nintendo 3DS, is voiced by 28-year-old popular anime voice actress Kana Hanazawa.

From the below animated preview, the animation looks fantastic. It’s not known at this point if or where the anime will be airing that is available to western audiences.


New Layton game on the way in October

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Jason Nason

Despite the fact that I have yet to actually try any of the previous games in the series there was one game that I’m pretty interested in trying. The games is the latest in the Layton series from Level 5 and comes to the Nintendo 3DS in October.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy arrives on October 6th and is the next game in the franchise. The puzzle solving / adventure title is a single player affair and features a brand new adventure in the Layton series, this time with a female protagonist.

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Yo-Kai Watch movie in select American theatres on October 15th

Posted on October 5, 2016 by Jason Nason

If you weren’t aware the newest Yo-Kai Watch game was released last week. The sequel, fleshed out in a pair of games Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, are the latest property released in the every growing Yo-Kai Watch series. Now there is a movie on the way as well, which will be released in very limited release.

Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie, the first English-language film based on the Yo-Kai Watch, will be in select theatres in for one day only, and only in the United States. The film will be released in a limited engagement on Saturday, October 15th.

The film, based on the hit show which airs in Canada on Teletoon, follows Nate Adams and his Yo-kai friends, Whisper and Jibanyan, as they’re transported to the past to help Nate’s grandfather, Nathaniel, battle evil Yo-kai and invent the Yo-kai Watch. The film also introduces a new Yo-kai — Hovernyan, a floating blue cat who is Nathaniel’s heroic companion.

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Seeing double: Pair of Yo-Kai Watch games coming in Sepember

Posted on September 3, 2016 by Jason Nason

The first Yo-Kai Watch game was fantastic. I got my hands on a copy right away and immediately fell in love with the game. It was quirky, fun, and unique, and filled with so much detail and depth that there was just so much to do. And beyond that the world that was designed had so much detail that the exploration of the city and countryside, which was so much a part of the game, was fun to do.

The sequels to that game, and yes I did use the plural of the word, are set to hit the Nintendo 3DS later this month. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls arrive on September 30th.

In the new adventure you’ll travel to the past to witness the origin of the Yo-kai Watch and put an end to an age-old war between two Yo-kai factions! You will discover the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero, which gives players two new tactics that make for more strategic battles.

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Final Fantasy XIV and Yo-Kai Watch crossover this Summer

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Jason Nason

In an interesting move and a further reach of the Yo-Kai Watch brand, Square Enix has teamed up with Level-5 and have announced a new collaboration. Yo-Kai Watch characters are coming to Final Fantasy XIV. The time limited event will launch this summer and feature a total of 13 different Yo-kai from Yo-Kai Watch, including Jibanyan and Whisper. Players will be able to earn special quest rewards, such as original Yo-kai themed weapons, mounts, and minions.

As part of the collaborative effort with Final Fantasy XIV, Chocobo and Moogle will also appear as “Chocobonyan” and “Mooglenyan” in Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura which will launch in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Yo-Kai Watch 2 coming to North America on September 30th

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo announced today that the Yo-kai phenomenon will continue later this year. With a third game on the way in Japan, the second game will be released in North America for the Nintendo 3DS on September 30th.

Developed by LEVEL-5, Yo-Kai Watch 2 offers the same deep RPG gameplay and wacky adventures as the first game. The new adventure also offers many new areas to explore outside of Springdale, more than 350 new Yo-kai, a new-and-improved in-game Yo-kai Watch and even the ability to travel back in time! Yo-Kai Watch 2 will also launch with two versions, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, each featuring original Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.

“After being such a massive sensation in Japan, it’s great to see the U.S. start to embrace the mischievous and lovable Yo-kai,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We’re excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences stateside this year.”

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Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble Now Available

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Jason Nason

LEVEL-5 Inc. and NHN PlayArt have released their mobile YO-KAI WATCH game to mobile screens yesterday with the release of YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble. The game is a skillful blend of puzzle gameplay and RPG mechanics for Android and iOS.

“We’re super excited to bring this fully localized version of YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble to the United States, Canada, and Australia – and to be able to share the Yo-kai story with the world at large,” says Yukari Hayakawa, COO of LEVEL-5 abby. “Just last December In Japan, the 2nd YO-KAI WATCH movie beat Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens at the box office! The Japanese version of the game, also released last year, was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars and has amassed more than 6 million players. We’re confident that the localized version will be a big hit as well.”

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Yo-Kai Watch Wobbles West onto Mobile this March

Posted on March 5, 2016 by Jason Nason

With Nintendo set to launch their first mobile game Miitomo this month, Level 5 is set to do the same thing in North America this month as well with a YO-KAI WATCH mobile game coming this March.

YO-KAI WATCH wobbles its way into a new puzzle game soon to be available on mobile devices! Now, mischievous Yo-kai have transformed into bite-sized Yo-kai called ‘Wib Wob’ and they’re bouncing your way! Not much more is known about the mobile game at this point, but it’s sure to have a charm all its own.

Check out the trailer below.

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3DS Update adds French to Yo-Kai Watch

Posted on February 28, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo has added an update to add French language to Yo-Kai Watch. Once you’ve downloaded the latest Nintendo 3DS system update you can download a software update to play the game in French.

The change isn’t immediately noticeable and requires that you change your system language to French. In this update to Yo-Kai Watch, which updates the game to Version 1.2, the text AND all of the voiceovers in the game will change to French.

Warning though as this is a large update and takes 4,032 blocks on your SD card. The full English version of Yo-Kai Watch is 6,638 blocks.

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Yo-Kai Watch Demo and Canadian Tour Announced

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Jason Nason

Yo-kai Watch was a cultural phenomenon in Japan, selling millions of games. The game has spawned a sequel, there is a third 3DS game on the way in 2016, there are spinoff iOS and Android apps, a Just Dance special edition for the Wii U, and there is a spin-off game called Yo-Kai Watch Busters coming for the 3DS.

There are also three manga adaptations, a crossover game with Koei Tecmo’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the way, and an anime, which just started in North America. That can be seen on Teletoon in Canada.

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Embark in the Fantasy Life this October

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Jason Nason

Players will embark on an adventure this October on the Nintendo 3DS. Developed by Level 5, Fantasy Life will enable players to craft, cast, battle and role-play. The innovative Life system lets players change to one of 12 Life classes at virtually any time to access different abilities. The huge fantasy landscape is filled with dark paladins, slick pirate captains and others who share a taste for the unknown.

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February 20th Nintendo Download

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Jason Nason

Nintendo Wii U eShop

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo) – Rated: E – $49.99

It’s on Like Donkey Kong on Wii U! Help Donkey Kong and his friends save their home and banana hoard from marauding Vikings in the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze game from Retro Studios. All the challenging ground-pounding, barrel-blasting, side-scrolling mine cart action from the Donkey Kong Country series is back along with a bushel of new game play elements and features. Game will be released on February 21st.

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