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Yo-kai Watch trademarked in the U.S. ⊟
Ohhhhh, another TinyCast prediction that might be coming true. We now know that Level-5 has registered a trademark for Youkai Watch, thanks to Siliconera’s keen eye.  If you forgot about this one, it’s that spirit-themed Pokemon-style RPG for 3DS that’s found some success in Japan — there are already plans for a sequel.
We typically don’t report trademark news, but his one actually releasing seems likely! Level-5 has made some other interesting moves lately, registering Inazuma Eleven in the States (which briefly appeared on Nintendo of America’s release calendar) and receiving a classification for Weapon Shop de Omasse in Australia (the last Guild game not released in the West!).
The GIF from Japan’s Youkai Watch anime, by the way, comes from Pena.
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Yo-kai Watch trademarked in the U.S. ⊟

Ohhhhh, another TinyCast prediction that might be coming true. We now know that Level-5 has registered a trademark for Youkai Watch, thanks to Siliconera’s keen eye.  If you forgot about this one, it’s that spirit-themed Pokemon-style RPG for 3DS that’s found some success in Japan — there are already plans for a sequel.

We typically don’t report trademark news, but his one actually releasing seems likely! Level-5 has made some other interesting moves lately, registering Inazuma Eleven in the States (which briefly appeared on Nintendo of America’s release calendar) and receiving a classification for Weapon Shop de Omasse in Australia (the last Guild game not released in the West!).

The GIF from Japan’s Youkai Watch anime, by the way, comes from Pena.

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Gettin’ Ghibli Wit It: New Ni no Kuni DS trailer. While the PS3 is receiving its own big screen, high definition version of this Level-5/Studio Ghibli collaboration, the DS release will have a significant advantage over the home console edition: Tiny Cartridge posts.

Oh, and it also will release sooner, promising a December 9th, 2010 date for the DS, and a vague 2011 estimate for the PS3. Both of those dates are for Japan, though, and we haven’t heard anything yet about anyone bringing it to the U.S., so that schedule shouldn’t matter too much to anyone not planning to import the beautifully animated RPG.

And importing this will be more expensive than your standard game, as you’ll have to pay for the weight of the hardcover, 352-page Magic Master book bundled with each copy — a necessary reference (filled with Japanese text, naturally) for drawing runes and other elements.

You can read some impressions of the latest Ni no Kuni build demonstrated for the press, as well as see new screenshots and photos of the book  at Andriasang.

See also: Trailer for Ni no Kuni, Moose Monster battle

[Via Yoboman]

Hoping to match Dragon Quest IX's success in Japan with the RPG's upcoming Western release — it's sold more than 4.1 million copies in Japan — Nintendo of Europe has launched a robust site that introduces both casual gamers and RPG fans to the franchise.

Along with the usual story details and how-to-play information, the site offers lots of screenshots and videos to explain nearly everything you can think of. You can even quickly customize a character’s face (very similar to the character creation process in the game), save your creation as a JPG, and post it to Facebook.

If you’re at all interested in picking up Dragon Quest IX, I strongly suggest checking the site out!

Preorder: Dragon Quest IX (July 11th)

See also: Dragon Quest IX U.S. trailer, launch revealed

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New U.S. trailer for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, now with gameplay bits. The multiplayer looks so fun; if only I knew someone around here (and who isn’t still in grade/high school) to play this with me! Fortunately, the game is supposed to be great even when you’re playing it without any co-op partners, according to The Grind’s excellent DQIX FAQ.

I am so tempted to pick this up with the new Midnight Blue DSi XL, but I’ve got bills to pay. :o/

Preorder: Dragon Quest IX (July 11th)

See also: Dragon Quest IX U.S. trailer, launch revealed

Inazuma Eleven anime commercial with English dubbed clips. Oh God, those voices sound awful!

Though the announcer here sounds Australian, I think this commercial is for Cartoon Network Philippines. Perhaps the channel’s using a dub made for Western markets because it’s cheaper than recording a Tagalog version? If the Philippines receives a localization for one of the Inazuma Eleven RPG/soccer DS games before the States, I will be all kinds of agitated.

I’m unsure if anyone plans to start airing this in the U.S. (“animation” is mentioned in Level-5’s Inazuma Eleven trademark filing), but apparently it’s already available in Spain. Check out the dubbed Spanish version here; it sounds way better than the English edition, IMO.

Import: Inazuma Eleven

See also: Inazuma Eleven anime episode 1, subtitled

[Via GoNintendo]

Nintendo Kirby-fied Dragon Quest IX's North American box, replacing all the cheer from the original cover with scowls and close-lipped smiles (click for a larger image).
On the JP packaging, everyone is shown rejoicing, happy to just be included in such an awesome game. Even the castle guards are visible in the background, waving their spears in the air almost as if they just didn’t care:

1UP is the go-to preview spot for Dragon Quest IX — as it was for import impressions — so head over there to learn about the game’s online content, “entertaining cooperative role-playing”, and similarities to Pokemon. You’ll want to click the Amazon preorder link below first, though, as it will come in handy once you finish reading the preview.
Preorder: Dragon Quest IX (releasing in the U.S. on July 11th, only three days before my birthday)
See also: Dragon Quest IX U.S. trailer, launch revealed

Nintendo Kirby-fied Dragon Quest IX's North American box, replacing all the cheer from the original cover with scowls and close-lipped smiles (click for a larger image).

On the JP packaging, everyone is shown rejoicing, happy to just be included in such an awesome game. Even the castle guards are visible in the background, waving their spears in the air almost as if they just didn’t care:

1UP is the go-to preview spot for Dragon Quest IX — as it was for import impressions — so head over there to learn about the game’s online content, “entertaining cooperative role-playing”, and similarities to Pokemon. You’ll want to click the Amazon preorder link below first, though, as it will come in handy once you finish reading the preview.

Preorder: Dragon Quest IX (releasing in the U.S. on July 11th, only three days before my birthday)

See also: Dragon Quest IX U.S. trailer, launch revealed

Dragon Quest IX U.S. trailer, launch revealed

Nintendo announced it will ship Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in North America this July 11th (Europe will receive it two weeks later on July 23rd) — much sooner than the fall or holiday release many predicted for the Square Enix/Level-5 RPG. I at least expected the Dragon Quest VI DS remake, which hit Japan last January, to come out here first!

Unfortunately, it looks like the game’s “Tag Mode”, which has added so much to DQIX's popularity in Japan's dense cities by allowing gamers to share treasure maps and greetings with passerbys even when their DSes are closed and stowed away, remains a local wireless-only feature. I know more than a few people who hoped Nintendo and Square Enix would adapt the game for North American gamers by adding online support for this feature.

At least the downloadable quests and four-player adventures (local wireless) are still in, though! After all, it wouldn’t be the first time Square Enix removed a feature from a Dragon Quest DS game for its Western release.

Story details and screenshots after the break!:

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Subtitled commercial for the Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva film (sorry for the tiny, briefly appearing text!), hitting theatres in Japan next January.

I’m interested to see if any movie studios will pick this up for a theatre or DVD release in the U.S., unlike the Animal Crossing film. I doubt that will happen, though, so I won’t get my hopes up. Cynicism is the best policy.

The music in the commercial is great, right? You can hear the full version of the song recorded by the Layton Grand Caravan Orchestra at this link.

Preorder: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

See also: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box trailer

[Via GoNintendo]