Level 5 Reveals More on Studio Ghibli Collaboration
Level 5, famous for their recent success with Professor Layton and upcoming Dragon Quest IX, revealed they would be working with famed anime makers Studio Ghibli on a new DS RPG two years ago and are now showing some more fruits of their labor. Ni no Kuni: Black Mage will come out on December 9 and each copy will be accompanied by a 350 page book integrally tied into the story and gameplay. The core game is being produced by Level 5 while all art and cinematics are being handled by Studio Ghibli. No plans to release the title outside of Japan have been announced yet.
Final Fantasy V and VI Remakes Could End up on 3DS
Several months ago, Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto announced that remakes of Final Fantasy V and VI on Nintendo DS had run into “technical problems”. In a recent interview with Siliconera, Hashimoto revealed production on the games had actually been stopped after the revelation of 3DS. Rather than just release the games on DS, Square Enix wants to see how well 3DS is received and could switch development over to the newer handheld. Of course Hashimoto also revealed no final decisions have been made so none of this is official.
Iwata Promises More Titles for Core Gamers on 3DS
In a recent interview with Nikkei, a Japanese news service, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata acknowledged that DS’ library of games has largely focused on the casual market, leaving more serious gamers wanting. Iwata pointed to the bevy of games announced for 3DS at E3 as evidence for the new handheld’s reinvestment in core gamers while also promising future announcements of both first and third party titles would only further prove it. Also, Iwata once again reiterated Nintendo’s interest in producing a 3D home console once 3D capable televisions become more wide spread.