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That's what I was thinking at first, too, but it seems kinda risky - the US fanbase isn't established yet and I always assumed the Japanese setting was a plus for the Japanese market.

But then again they managed to turn this from bomba to a potential mega franchise, so what do I know lol
Mother had an American setting as well. Also, USA is Alefgard apparently.
Itoi always knew!
 
Aug 26, 2005
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At the rate they're going I'm half surprised that Yokai Watch wasn't announced for mobile.
it's still more cheaper to give a 3DS to your children instead of an iphone...

I mean, YW target audience is 5-9 y.o. children, they are still too young to have a normal mobile (most of them use a special mobile which can be called and you can call just few registered numbers), but how many 12-13 y.o. guys I saw holding their new iphone 6 -_-
 
Sep 25, 2008
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I didn't see this any where and I'm not sure if this is the right place, so here's Famitsu Review Scores for the week, courtesy of Gematsu.
While Famitsu have tendency to sugarcoat everything (and I understand the reason they do so I won't blame them), there are occasions even they can't defend some games. Now I'm kinda interested about the game scored 3 points lol.
 
Aug 3, 2009
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Nintendo really needs a PS Family kinda ecosystem.

Level-5 just announced an NFC game and it's not coming for Wii U, they also announced like three Yo-kai Watch spin-offs, and they are all exclusive to the 3DS.

This is beyond tragic.

Iwata needs to have an hybrid system, there's no other solution. Especially with Sony going all out at third-parties with PS3/4/V.
 
Aug 26, 2005
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Yokai Watch was never bomba status though, I don't know where that misconception came from.
correct, just because sales were slow it doesn't mean it was a bomba, a bomba for who ? Level 5 or just some gaffers from sales-age?

when you planned a multimedia product, game, manga, anime, medals, arcade, you make long-term project, not something which last 2 or 3 months...



and after this conference who was saying L5 would have ruined the brand very soon will have to change his own idea : with the new season starting in summer, the spin-off title in July, the new movie in December, YW3 is probably gonna break some records this winter

you know that, gamefreaks ???
 
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I'm not that versed in Japanese sales trends but there are two titles whose sales pique my interest: Bloodborne and eventually Final Fantasy XV.

BB seems to be doing solid.
 

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Nintendo really needs a PS Family kinda ecosystem.

Level-5 just announced an NFC game and it's not coming for Wii U, they also announced like three Yo-kai Watch spin-offs, and they are all exclusive to the 3DS.

This is beyond tragic.

Iwata needs to have an hybrid system, there's no other solution. Especially with Sony going all out at third-parties with PS3/4/V.
ecosystem and hybrid are not tha same, tough. I'd say that a hybrid could be an issue more than a solution, while I totally agree that a real ecosystem is absolutely needed.
 

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Nintendo really needs a PS Family kinda ecosystem.

Level-5 just announced an NFC game and it's not coming for Wii U, they also announced like three Yo-kai Watch spin-offs, and they are all exclusive to the 3DS.

This is beyond tragic.

Iwata needs to have an hybrid system, there's no other solution. Especially with Sony going all out at third-parties with PS3/4/V.
They're not really games that make much sense on a console, tbh.

The better news here is that Nintendo is being rather forth coming with shoring up these deals which was, a while back, a big point of discussion in how they just tend to not be all that proactive or active, for that matter.
 
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This whole Level 5 mobile situation is upsetting but really not surprising. So many companies are probably gonna follow their approach in the next year or two.
While Famitsu have tendency to sugarcoat everything (and I understand the reason they do so I won't blame them), there are occasions even they can't defend some games. Now I'm kinda interested about the game scored 3 points lol.
Yeah, I know the scores will never actually line up with the quality of the game, but I figure someone must have been interested at least.
And 19/40 is actually the lowest score I've ever seen them give which is pretty funny really.
Puzzle Bottle (3DS) – 6/5/5/3 [19/40]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=19&v=vLR88HSJY4A


well deserved ? :D
Wow yeah, that's like, Flash game quality.
 
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Hiks. Don't know why they would use the name Fantasy Life 2 there. When there are almost zero upgrade.T_T

For the other news, Snack World is probably the most interesting one. Keychain NFC? Thats one way to attract kids as it seems to be usable on their handphones.^_^
 
I don't see a problem with Fantasy Life 2 really.

While 355K is a great result for many companies, it's peanuts for Level 5 compared to their flagship properties.

They probably feel it's not worthwhile to keep going on that versus trying to aim for a much bigger hit on mobile. They can use a brand that isn't overly valuable to them, but has brand name recognition that can help get it off the ground in a crowded marketplace, and a large set of established assets to work from.

Layton 7 is likely a similar scenario. With Layton no longer shipping out millions of copies, it can again be used to push into mobile with brand recognition, and they can keep trying with it since if the games fail, chances are most of their expanded audience didn't notice it anyway. Mobile acquisition happens overwhelmingly through in-app ads and the top of the free app chart as well so it's not like they're flooding a proverbial shelf space.

Meanwhile they can put their main focus on their current safe bet (Yokai Watch) while trying to establish their next core series (Snack World). Yokai even gets some spin-offs on mobile and 3DS to help push the brand some more and monetize it while it's still hot.

I'm curious to see if they put Inazuma Eleven on mobile as well, or a cross-platform f2p game if they feel the series appeals to kids who are a bit below the smartphone age (though that starts quite low) as Moor pointed out.
 
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I never played Fantasy Life or was really interested in the game or its now announced sequel, but the thing that confuses me is that - if Snack World is any indication - they have the technology to produce cross-handheld/mobile titles.

Maybe the tech behind Fantasy Life 2 is vastly different than what Snack World offers, or the gameplay will not suit the Nintendo handheld platform, but still: it's kind of a weird step to ignore that userbase they built with the first one like that.

The Activision of Japan.
Heh, seems fitting to a certain degree.
 
I never played Fantasy Life or was really interested in the game or its now announced sequel, but the thing that confuses me is that - if Snack World is any indication - they have the technology to produce cross-handheld/mobile titles.

Maybe the tech behind Fantasy Life 2 is vastly different than what Snack World offers, or the gameplay will not suit the Nintendo handheld platform, but still: it's kind of a weird step to ignore that userbase they built with the first one like that.
It looks a ton like the first game, but with some f2p elements added like a Farmville-esque city and things of that nature.

I'm guessing they felt it wasn't very interesting to the target audience on 3DS.
 
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I don't see a problem with Fantasy Life 2 really.

While 355K is a great result for many companies, it's peanuts for Level 5 compared to their flagship properties.

They probably feel it's not worthwhile to keep going on that versus trying to aim for a much bigger hit on mobile. They can use a brand that isn't overly valuable to them, but has brand name recognition that can help get it off the ground in a crowded marketplace, and a large set of established assets to work from.

Layton 7 is likely a similar scenario. With Layton no longer shipping out millions of copies, it can again be used to push into mobile with brand recognition, and they can keep trying with it since if the games fail, chances are most of their expanded audience didn't notice it anyway. Mobile acquisition happens overwhelmingly through in-app ads and the top of the free app chart as well so it's not like they're flooding a proverbial shelf space.

Meanwhile they can put their main focus on their current safe bet (Yokai Watch) while trying to establish their next core series (Snack World). Yokai even gets some spin-offs on mobile and 3DS to help push the brand some more and monetize it while it's still hot.

I'm curious to see if they put Inazuma Eleven on mobile as well, or a cross-platform f2p game if they feel the series appeals to kids who are a bit below the smartphone age (though that starts quite low) as Moor pointed out.
This is exactly how I feel about it. Plus Fantasy Life always seemed like an IP ripe for the mobile market with a little tweaking, similar to Animal Crossing in that regard.
 
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I'm not sure why people are reacting so strongly to Level 5 having a strong mobile push since it's not really anything new for them? Even with established IP, their biggest franchises (Layton, IE, Ninokuni, etc) all had mobile games before this.

Is it really all because of the FL2 bait and switch? Or the Vita/console no shows?
 
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I guess people here are more wondering why they are named Layton 7 and FL2. It sounds like they should have spinoff like titles, that indicate they are different from the main series. FL2 = original FL mobile version (call it FL Universe or something different) from what I'm hearing, and Layton 7 = Layton Bros. 2 which was already a mobile title.
 
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I don't see a problem with Fantasy Life 2 really.

While 355K is a great result for many companies, it's peanuts for Level 5 compared to their flagship properties.

They probably feel it's not worthwhile to keep going on that versus trying to aim for a much bigger hit on mobile. They can use a brand that isn't overly valuable to them, but has brand name recognition that can help get it off the ground in a crowded marketplace, and a large set of established assets to work from.

Layton 7 is likely a similar scenario. With Layton no longer shipping out millions of copies, it can again be used to push into mobile with brand recognition, and they can keep trying with it since if the games fail, chances are most of their expanded audience didn't notice it anyway. Mobile acquisition happens overwhelmingly through in-app ads and the top of the free app chart as well so it's not like they're flooding a proverbial shelf space.

Meanwhile they can put their main focus on their current safe bet (Yokai Watch) while trying to establish their next core series (Snack World). Yokai even gets some spin-offs on mobile and 3DS to help push the brand some more and monetize it while it's still hot.

I'm curious to see if they put Inazuma Eleven on mobile as well, or a cross-platform f2p game if they feel the series appeals to kids who are a bit below the smartphone age (though that starts quite low) as Moor pointed out.
The problem is mainly in the name, and in the concept of the game. It looked like a re-skinned version of the first game with micro-transactions. Who should be targeted to?
  • which incentives those who played the original one should have? Perhaps, those who like to double-dip and start the game over again might be happy to download FL2, but otherwise I don't see any reason to buy a demake of a game people already have and played.
  • which incentives those who never played the original should have? There's a big 2 in the title, if the first one is not on mobile, this might put off a lot of new users. Same reasoning for BoF6.
If it was called Fantasy Life Light, for example, it would have been a nice call. The problem is that Level-5 presented a smartphone demake as a full-fledged sequel.

Also, this idea that companies should spit on mid-sized handheld games needs to be better explained. Level-5 survived years with decent sellers, without having a huge hit. It might have changed strategy after YW success, sure, but FL2 on mobile doesn't seem a smart move to begin with; between a decent 3DS seller (with the possibility of having Nintendo backing up the bill for a Western release) and a dull mobile effort, I don't think companies should necessarily go for the latter. This also considering how Level-5 has been pretty bad, sales-wise, on mobile devices.

As for Layton 7, brand recognition triggers as long as there's something of the former brand to be recognized. Layton 7 doesn't have anything of what people liked about the original series (unlike, for example, Layton Brothers, another Level-5 mobile bomb).
 
Sep 1, 2013
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I always thought Nintendo had a bigger stake in Fantasy Life, since 1 Up developed it.
Since Brownie Brown split into 1up Studio (Nintendo) and Brownies (indie) I thought the latter was handling FL.

Nintendo themselves are delving into mobile waters so it probably wouldn't make too much difference now anyway.
 
I don't think this is very inconsistent with their old behavior.

Layton:
Layton 1 LTD: 1,002,561
Layton 2: 945,630
Layton 3: 872,170
Layton 4: 676,069
Layton 5: 394,003
Layton 6: 249,366
Layton 7: Turned into mobile version of a party board game themed like Layton

Inazuma:
Inazuma 1: 401,820
Inazuma 2: 1,157,346
Inazuma 3: 1,018,381
Inazuma 3-2: 461,791
Inazuma 4: 440,623
Inazuma 5: 277,207
Inazuma 6: MIA

Little Battlers:
LB1: 328,323
LB Boost: 192,189
LB Boost 3DS: 180,873
LB W: 155,877/28,800
LB Sim A: 64,885
LB Sim B: 71,632
LB Next: MIA

Guild:
Guild 01: 33,311
Guild 02: eShop Exclusive
Guild 03: MIA

Time Travelers:
TT: 21,000
TT2: MIA

Girl's RPG: Cinderelife:
GRPG: 32,258
GRPG 2: MIA

Paul Sloane & Des MacHale's Intriguing Tales:
Game 1: 207,373
Game 2: 108,220
Game 3: MIA

Ni no Kuni:
DS: 575,629
PS3: 155,285
Next: MIA as it stands, maybe E3, but I'm not holding my breath

Fantasy Life:
Fantasy Life: 288,271
Fantasy Life Expac: 67,256
Fantasy Life 2: Mobile Game

I guess they dumped Fantasy Life a bit earlier than some of their series, but this is about the right sales volume where they dump a series, and their bar has been raised.

Also they didn't have as much confidence in generating rock solid hits back when they were more generous with entry count in low volume series.
 
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The point is, Fantasy Life hadn't started to decline yet. Fantasy Life had a great word-of-mouth among players; it had legs, and the expansion was well-received. The game also set the stage for better gameplay mechanics, better plot, a wider world and more contents. It doesn't make sense to dump a series "a bit earlier".

Also, you cannot compare IE and LBX with FL, since the former were multimedia franchises. Guild 02 didn't bomb -it was released on the eShop, and it sold well along with the first four games. Sloan and MacHale was a series that only fitted on DS, and that's obvious it didn't continue.

Therefore, I don't see how these data might back up your point, in particular as long as all L5 mobile games bombed. At least they showed to be able to create hits on dedicated devices, and FL might have been the next one. They have yet to prove to be able to creare the next big thing on mobile, and they will hardly be able to as long as they take is re-skinned FL and a party-card game with Layton face attached on some cards.
 
My bad on Guild02. Thought it must have done so badly it didn't chart.

However, on the other note, if they were happy with how Fantasy Life performed, wouldn't they have logically made the sequel on 3DS?

There's obviously some reason Hino feels that continuing their older successes and dumping their newer games to continually go at mobile makes more sense.

We could look at it through a few potential lenses:

1.) He feels dedicated devices aren't going to work in the long run so he's moving any non-essential resources toward mobile instead.

2.) He feels the opportunity cost of making lower end games is no longer worth it when Level 5 has made three million selling series, and if they don't pass at least some unknown X number of copies on the first entry, it's not worth making a dedicated game sequel.

3.) He saw something about Fantasy Life in particular that made him feel the franchise was a dead end on 3DS or a huge potential on mobile to the extent that it made sense to dump the dedicated version and focus solely on that platform. The rest died due to chronic decline.

4.) I'm open to other potential explanations if you have any in mind. Level 5 doesn't make decisions solely out of the blue though so I'd like to see the logical explanation behind it.

On the Guild note though, have they announced any more eShop games since then (Guild branded or otherwise) or is that pretty much over too?
 
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I thought the consensus why FL2 isn't on 3DS is because it's essentially just FL1 with a layer of sim mgmt on top?

A 3DS FL2 would've had to have been a very different project. My guess is the opportunity cost favored cheaper mobile recycling more but I'd be hesitant to take it as an indictment against the viability lower tier sellers or dedicated game devices overall.

Basically it's not that a 3DS FL2 wouldn't have been worthwhile itself, it's just that this was cheaper and easier. Maybe that distinction doesn't matter much in the end though since 3DS still loses out on a game?

edit: Oh and Guild is done. So are vanity projects in general for L5 it seems though.

I doubt the eShop Guild games did especially well either, although they did try porting one of the first set to iOS/Android (Liberation Maiden) and given that was also never followed up on it probably went even worse commercially.
 
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It is far too early to dismiss Fantasy Life 2 as simply a "reskinned version of the 3DS game", as some in this thread have done. We know nothing of its story, content, etc. Since there is a "2" there, I trust at the very least it will have an entirely new story compared to Fantasy Life 1, otherwise they'd just call it "Fantasy Life Mobile" or something. I mean, I've never heard of any numbered sequel that is simply a reskinned version of the previous game. In any case, I think the move to mobile was a smart one for the series, from a business perspective. I always felt like FL was a good fit for mobile, and the "Link" version in Japan did not sell very well, so it was clear the audience on the 3DS was not growing for this game.

EDIT: And just after I post this, I read this:
http://www.4gamer.net/games/294/G029473/20150407061/

Okay, so we do know a bit about its content. Seems it is a village-building sim with adventure elements like in the first game. But it says "new adventures, new living, new encounters, a new Fantajiiru to explore", so yeah, this is definitely not a reskinned version of FL1.
 
sörine;159229177 said:
I thought the consensus why FL2 isn't on 3DS is because it's essentially just FL1 with a layer of sim mgmt on top?

A 3DS FL2 would've had to have been a very different project. My guess is the opportunity cost favored cheaper mobile recycling more but I'd be hesitant to take it as an indictment against the viability lower tier sellers or dedicated game devices overall.

Basically it's not that a 3DS FL2 wouldn't have been worthwhile itself, it's just that this was cheaper and easier. Maybe that distinction doesn't matter much in the end though since 3DS still loses out on a game?
Well, regarding paragraph two here, what lower end 3DS games does Level 5 even have?

I guess there's the Koei Tecmo tie-in to Yokai Watch, though it's hanging off their flagship franchise. Anything else? And, by a similar token, what was the last one they released (and about when was it announced)?
 
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It is far too early to dismiss Fantasy Life 2 as simply a "reskinned version of the 3DS game", as some in this thread have done. We know nothing of its story, content, etc. Since there is a "2" there, I trust at the very least it will have an entirely new story compared to Fantasy Life 1, otherwise they'd just call it "Fantasy Life Mobile" or something. I mean, I've never heard of any numbered sequel that is simply a reskinned version of the previous game. In any case, I think the move to mobile was a smart one for the series, from a business perspective. I always felt like FL was a good fit for mobile, and the "Link" version in Japan did not sell very well, so it was clear the audience on the 3DS was not growing for this game.

EDIT: And just after I post this, I read this:
http://www.4gamer.net/games/294/G029473/20150407061/

Okay, so we do know a bit about its content.
FL Link sold well. It was also sold as a cheap expansion on the eShop; it sold more than 70k units in the market, and that was marked as a nice success story.

Also, we're discussing about what they presented; they haven't presented FL2 as a full-fledged sequel, as a company would typically do: I don't know, more jobs, a bigger world... Nothing. Just the same areas of the first one and Castele turned into Cityville. They even showed the same character editor, lol.

My bad on Guild02. Thought it must have done so badly it didn't chart.

However, on the other note, if they were happy with how Fantasy Life performed, wouldn't they have logically made the sequel on 3DS?
We have seen how logic sometimes is missing in L5's business decisions. My idea is that Hino wants to simply exploit FL's popularity by releasing a cheap project on mobile, hoping for the best (i.e. hoping it will the next big thing, as for Layton 7). Fact is, this might have not been the original idea; in 2012, Hino said that he wanted FL to be a franchise; I'm skeptical this was the original plan, since in that case we should have seen this FL2 earlier. Perhaps the company was busy with YW on 3DS, and there were no external developers to contract. Also note that SW resembles a bit FL, so a real FL2 might have turned intow SW, and FL2 downgraded as a re-skinned version of the original one on mobile.

There's obviously some reason Hino feels that continuing their older successes and dumping their newer games to continually go at mobile makes more sense.

We could look at it through a few potential lenses:

1.) He feels dedicated devices aren't going to work in the long run so he's moving any non-essential resources toward mobile instead.

2.) He feels the opportunity cost of making lower end games is no longer worth it when Level 5 has made three million selling series, and if they don't pass at least some unknown X number of copies on the first entry, it's not worth making a dedicated game sequel.

3.) He saw something about Fantasy Life in particular that made him feel the franchise was a dead end on 3DS or a huge potential on mobile to the extent that it made sense to dump the dedicated version and focus solely on that platform. The rest died due to chronic decline.

4.) I'm open to other potential explanations if you have any in mind. Level 5 doesn't make decisions solely out of the blue though so I'd like to see the logical explanation behind it.

On the Guild note though, have they announced any more eShop games since then (Guild branded or otherwise) or is that pretty much over too?
1) Maybe. Then SW on 3DS should haven't existed to begin with.

2) This would not explain YW Busters and YW Ambition, since I hardly believe Hino thinks this will sell millions -in particular the latter.

3) As said, Hino stated he wanted FL to become a franchise. The original plan might have been different pre-YW (something like a real full-fledged sequel on 3DS).

4) I explained above my idea.

Guild is over, as those two other mobile games are over. As you can see, L5 is a bit unpredictable on every platform.
 
According to a Destructoid article it seems Hino also said a Wii U Layton 7 version could still happen: http://www.destructoid.com/professo...to-smartphones-maybe-not-the-3ds-290114.phtml

lol.
It's funny since I can TOTALLY see Snack World being perfect for it; NFC directly on the system, plus the seemingly touch-based controls. It's practically built for something like Wii U and 3DS.

I'd be super surprised if we didn't see Snack World on Wii U in the future. If only because of how fitting it is, also isn't Wii U made to easily get mobile games running on it?
 
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Well, regarding paragraph two here, what lower end 3DS games does Level 5 even have?

I guess there's the Koei Tecmo tie-in to Yokai Watch, though it's hanging off their flagship franchise. Anything else? And, by a similar token, what was the last one they released (and about when was it announced)?
Busters is probably in the same category too. I expect it and the Conquest game to do in the area of Pokéspinoffs sales wise.

The last new IP like this was probably Fantasy Life itself. Otherwise they've been based on established IP like Layton Vs AA or LBX Wars.
 
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It is also possible that Brownies just isn't big enough for 3DS projects. It would also explain reuse of assets.

Still seems weird to brand it FL2 though but we'll see.
 
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To be honest, The Snack World looks like a lot a potentially scrapped actual Fantasy Life 2.
In what sense? Please tell us what deep insight you have on the gameplay of Snack World and what similarities it shares with Fantasy Life.

It's funny since I can TOTALLY see Snack World being perfect for it; NFC directly on the system, plus the seemingly touch-based controls. It's practically built for something like Wii U and 3DS.

I'd be super surprised if we didn't see Snack World on Wii U in the future. If only because of how fitting it is, also isn't Wii U made to easily get mobile games running on it?
You think that a third party who is chasing the largest possible audience would put a game on the WiiU in 2016? Really? :p

It is also possible that Brownies just isn't big enough for 3DS projects. It would also explain reuse of assets.

Still seems weird to brand it FL2 though but we'll see.
Is there any indication that this is even developed by Brownies? It says "Planning/Development: Level-5" here: https://www.l5-dash.jp/fl2/
 
We have seen how logic sometimes is missing in L5's business decisions. My idea is that Hino wants to simply exploit FL's popularity by releasing a cheap project on mobile, hoping for the best (i.e. hoping it will the next big thing, as for Layton 7). Fact is, this might have not been the original idea; in 2012, Hino said that he wanted FL to be a franchise; I'm skeptical this was the original plan, since in that case we should have seen this FL2 earlier. Perhaps the company was busy with YW on 3DS, and there were no external developers to contract. Also note that SW resembles a bit FL, so a real FL2 might have turned intow SW, and FL2 downgraded as a re-skinned version of the original one on mobile.
Yes, I think something obviously changed along the way. Along with the previous series six or so series I've mentioned, Majin Station and Wonder Flick R have also disappeared. Layton 7 has zero relation to the thing they originally unveiled as well.

Level 5 seems to have revamped their entire product pipeline with this conference showing the new vision.

1) Maybe. Then SW on 3DS should haven't existed to begin with.

2) This would not explain YW Busters and YW Ambition, since I hardly believe Hino thinks this will sell millions -in particular the latter.

3) As said, Hino stated he wanted FL to become a franchise. The original plan might have been different pre-YW (something like a real full-fledged sequel on 3DS).

4) I explained above my idea.

Guild is over, as those two other mobile games are over. As you can see, L5 is a bit unpredictable on every platform.
1.) I would argue there's a transitory component here coupled with some light diversification. The biggest hits are still on 3DS (though Snack World is notably also on mobile), but there's a vast increase in focus on mobile with this conference and the last time they held one compared to prior years.

I would actually point to notably large publishers as the model here. If we look at a company like EA, they release major blockbusters at retail (and a DLC pipeline to support them), and focus most of their other efforts into mobile. We see Activision acting a lot like this as well, but instead of mobile, the expanded market focus is on f2p games from Blizzard and some f2p dabling from Activision. Warner has smaller titles, but again they aim for pretty big games and converted a bunch of other studios to mobile dev (along with starting a few dedicated mobile studios).

Take-Two and Ubisoft act a bit differently, but it's more that their standalone mobile and online efforts are failures than them not following the pattern of shrinking to just releasing the largest titles at retail and focusing the rest on digital. Take-Two manages solid digital revenue despite this, but Ubisoft's digital revenue is embarrassing to the point that they're shoving microtransactions in everything and praying that it works. We can actually look at Capcom for an extreme example of this strategy by comparing mainline MH/RE to everything else.

It doesn't make sense to give up the 3DS while it's still making money, at least for the big earners. If your strategy is mobile-centric though, it makes sense to refocus your other efforts onto mobile and try to get hits, especially if you view it as the long term future of your company or perhaps even the industry. If the 4DS and 5DS are major successes, well great, you still have your biggest hits there and can make more if you continually fail at mobile. Snack World is an interesting way to try and amortize risk. I'm curious to see if it's f2p on 3DS as well (presumably with an optional retail bundle you can buy so they have a store presence for little kids).

2.) On this note, my impression is that they feel it's only worthwhile to release retail products tied to their biggest brands. If we look at Square Enix in their heyday, shoving Final Fantasy on everything made a few cheaper products sell a lot better than they would otherwise and made it into a good ROI. Fantasy Life (or at this point, things with any brand except Yokai Watch) don't have that benefit. Notably they also have three smartphone apps coming tied to the IP as well in an attempt at saturation. If the retail titles don't perform decidedly well though (compared to what you'd expect out of this type of product), I'd be surprised if they got continued given Level 5's other actions.

3.) I agree and feel that they've completely redone their corporate strategy as noted above.
 
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Yes, I think something obviously changed along the way. Along with the previous series six or so series I've mentioned, Majin Station and Wonder Flick R have also disappeared. Layton 7 has zero relation to the thing they originally unveiled as well.
Wonderflick R is still alive. They didn't talk about it because it's already an existing product. What seems to have died is Wonderflick R on other non-mobile platforms. They included Wonderflick R in the Level-5 ID umbrella of titles, so it doesn't look like they're going to shut it down anytime soon.
 
Wonderflick R is still alive. They didn't talk about it because it's already an existing product. What seems to have died is Wonderflick R on other non-mobile platforms. They included Wonderflick R in the Level-5 ID umbrella of titles, so it doesn't look like they're going to shut it down anytime soon.
Oh sorry, I forgot they renamed the mobile game to Wonderflick R as well.
 
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In what sense? Please tell us what deep insight you have on the gameplay of Snack World and what similarities it shares with Fantasy Life.



You think that a third party who is chasing the largest possible audience would put a game on the WiiU in 2016? Really? :p



Is there any indication that this is even developed by Brownies? It says "Planning/Development: Level-5" here: https://www.l5-dash.jp/fl2/
Good point, I would have assumed they would be involved considering they did Link but that might not be the case.
 

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Switching top tier franchises like YW to mobile is too big a risk. On the other hand switching dead franchises to mobile is likely a dead end. However a live franchise like Fantasy Life, now that is a good option for mobile since it has a genuine shot at major growth potential.

Then instead of wasting their time making moderate profits on FL2 for 3DS they can try for a blockbuster new handheld IP while trying to make FL2 a blockbuster on mobile.