Inazuma Eleven: Heroes' Great Road delayed until 2021

Another development hiccup

Just a few weeks ago, Level 5's CEO Akihiro Hino said he hoped to provide an update on Inazuma Eleven: Heroes' Great Road sometime in April. Just as the month kicks off, we've already gotten official word on development of the title. Originally planned for release in Spring 2020, we'll sadly have to wait until 2021 to get our hands on the long awaited game. The Japanese Level-5 blog post also announces it will be rebooted yet again, and that the title will now lack connection to the anime series. Check out the full statement below, translated by BlackKite courtesy of JapaneseNintendo!

Dear everyone, first of all I deeply apologise for the late report. Inazuma Eleven: The Heroes’ Great Road, which has been long-awaited, has a major delay and the production is in a difficult course due to problems on the game development. There have been more voices of criticism on the net, and staff motivation also felt like going down, so the situation has become rather difficult.

Under a situation like this, I thought for a moment that there may be no other way than to stop the development. However, there are also people that supported with straight feelings, and personally my feeling to never give up also grows bigger, so we somehow managed to try restarting the development.

As a result, we have a conclusion that there may be a few methods available. By evolving the development system and engine made to develop the Yo-kai series, the direction has a possibility to complete Inazuma Eleven with a high quality. So in that case, I thought we should even do things we couldn’t before.

Cross-media is originally supposed to have an emphasis on timing, but this time we have a conception to focus on creating this title thoroughly without being bound to the anime’s airing schedule. It will take even more time, but we’re aiming for a title with a high degree of freedom like a compilation of Inazuma Eleven.

From here on, there will be notes that serve as new guidelines filled with existing contents and new ideas. There may be some users who have become angry for waiting too long, but I’d be glad if you can watch over our decision.

I may have written a lot of things like talking incessantly, but there are no good excuses for the development delay, so I apologise very deeply. From here on, there is nothing other than to wait in anticipation. I think it may end up getting released in 2021, and we intend to make a properly good thing. I’d like a situation like this to become a spring to reconstruct and develop ‘something that has significance when completed’.

I think nowadays there are many people who never played the first Inazuma Eleven that was out on DS. That’s why while we’re also verifying the system on whether we can express Part 1’s system of drawing trails with a finger once again, content-wise we intend to proceed through the development as a ‘brand-new title’ with a new feeling. It will still need even more time, but we intend to deliver something that won’t sully the reputation of being the newest title of Inazuma Eleven, so please wait a bit more.

I hope for your continued support from here on as well.

Development of Inazuma Eleven Heroes’ Great Road is in a "difficult situation", Akihiro Hino hopes to provide an update by April

Making games is hard work

It has been a bumpy road for development of Inazuma Eleven Heroes’ Great Road at Level 5, but hopefully we finally get an official update on how things are going soon. Akihiro Hino, CEO of Level 5, wishes to provide us with more information by April. New promotional artwork has also been released, and you can view the full image above. Check out the translation of what Hino had to say (courtesy of JapaneseNintendo and BlackKite) below.

“You have been waiting too long for Inazuma Eleven Heroes’ Great Road, but it’s just as you have guessed: We also had things like changing the engine, and the development is in a difficult situation. I hope I can announce its directions like in what form it will be released, sometime by April. This picture has not been revealed before. Please wait a bit more.”

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y official website open, new gameplay details shared

Yo-Kai class is in session

Level-5 has opened the official Japanese website for Yo-Kai Watch Jam: Yo-Kai Academy Y, which was just confirmed for Switch recently. The website dives a bit deeper into the game and its mechanics, which you can read in full below.

Enjoy an Exciting School Life with Jinpei and Company!

You have enrolled in the super huge elite school “Y Academy!” Solve the mysteries that arise in the school alongside your silly friends, while enjoying a fun and comedic school life! A completely new kind of excitement awaits!

—Become a member of the YSP Club and solve the mysteries of the academy!
—Freely move about the vast Academy Y and interact with its various students!
—Live an exciting school life with familiar characters from the anime!
—Transform into a Yo-kai Hero and fight in intense battles against enemy Onryo!

From a Shopping District to a Desert…!? The Game is Set in the Super Huge “Academy City”

Due to its vast size, “Academy Y” is also known as “Academy City.” In addition to the school building, there is also a shopping district, farm, desert, and more. The students that attend this academy are individuals all their own, from unique club activities to a strong student council and more. Freely explore various areas and deepen your engagement with many other students.

Yo-kai Watch 4++ Link

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuden Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu will have special link functionality with Yo-kai Watch 4++.

Stay tuned for more details in the future.

You can visit the official Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y website to check out more screens and art right here.

Check out the latest Japanese commercial for Yo-Kai Watch 4++

Level-5 has released another commercial for Yo-Kai Watch 4++ in Japan. This spot centers on Jinpei Jiba. Still no word on a release outside of Japan for Yo-Kai Watch 4++ at this time.

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y announced for Switch, releasing summer 2020 in Japan

Get ready to jam

The next entry in the Yo-Kai Watch series has been announced by Level-5 in the Japanese publication CoroCoro, and has been confirmed to be releasing on Nintendo Switch. Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Gakuen Y Wai-Wai Gakuen Seikatsu is planned for release in summer 2020. A new battle system will be implemented into the game, having you play as "Yo-kai Heroes" throughout life at school. Details are currently limited, but a full unveiling of the game should happen sometime in the near future. Stay tuned for updates, and check out a screenshot from the game posted by Level-5's CEO Akihiro Hino on Twitter below!

Little Town Hero: Big Idea Edition's easy mode detailed

Easy peasy

Little Town Hero is heading to retail with the Little Town Hero: Big Idea Edition, and that version is going to include some tweaks and enhancements. One of those new features is an easy mode, which you can find the official description of below.

For a more laid-back experience, the all-new Easy Mode lowers the attack and defense of enemy Dazzits, and Special Effects from enemies show up less often.

It's likely this content will also be added to the regular version of Little Town Hero, but we haven't heard specifics on that yet.

Little Town Hero Big Idea Edition set to launch in June 2020, reverse cover contest kicks off

Cast ye in the name of NIS America

Little Town Hero Big Idea Edition is coming to Nintendo Switch™ and PS4™ on June 2 in North America, June 5 in Europe, and June 12 in Oceania! Grab your preorder here.

Along with locking in the official release dates, NIS America has also opened up a reverse cover contest for the game.

What you see above is the regular cover art. Below are the choices for what could be on the flip-side of that art. Check out each cover and then click over to cast your vote.

Vote for your favorite here

GoNintendo Video Review - Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold

Crawling in my Switch

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold has finally made its way outside of Japan. Is Level-5's latest RPG one of their best yet, or are they recycling their old ideas? Find out in our review!

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Little Town Story Japanese preorder bonuses revealed

Sing me up for the keychain

A handful of Japanese retailers have revealed their preorder bonuses for the physical version of Little Town Hero. Customers will have the choice of the acrylic keychain above, as well as a clear file, pin badge set, and 3 postcards depending on where they go. Check out pictures of these goodies here.


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