Level 5 president says there isn’t a “clear winner” in console war

Thursday, 2nd April 2009 07:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Level-5 president Akihiro Hino has told Nikkei Trendy that current adoption rates of PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 pose a problem for modern third-parties.

“There isn’t a clear winning system,” said the Professor Layton creator. “This is a problem for a company like mine.”

Level 5 believes that games created for only one system won’t sell as well – plus developers who focus on 360 and PS3 are more concerned over HD format than the consumer.

“This is why the Wii has sold better than the other two platforms,” he added. “It’s a truly difficult era.”

When you factor in handheld adoption rates, said the exec, DS blows all others out of the water.

“As a publisher, we can’t just not develop for consoles,” he added.

“We considered quite a bit and have now pretty much decided on the direction that should be taken. We were able to make many popular series like Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, and Ni no Kuni.

“We will use such series as weapons to evolve our console business.”

Thanks, GoNintendo and Andriasang.



  1. Michael O'Connor

    The fact that the Wii is also an extremely different system from the other two makes bringing those titles out cross-platform a rather laboured affair. I can’t decide if that’s a good or bad thing.

    If a company feels the need to focus on multi-format titles, they really need to start factoring in the Wii more. Quite a few developers are already doing this, thankfully. Atari, Electronic Arts, etc.

    Also… Professor Layton. <3

    #1 6 years ago
  2. lelik

    level 5 seems cool. i just hope they don’t mean anything they’re saying because FUCK XBOX360.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Prof Layton will figure out the clear winner. You just watch him!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Hero of Canton

    I’d like to see Inazuma Eleven localised. Hugely polished footy-based RPG that’s really quite inventive (if you’ve not played Eyeshield 21 MaxDevilPower, that is).

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I’d love them to support the 360 as well as the PS3. But the probably won’t – I can imagine them cutting right back on hi-def stuff and just going bat-out-of-hell after the DS and Wii now.

    #5 6 years ago

    I am the clear winner in teh konsoul Worz.

    I PWN n00bs all the time through pure AWSOMENESS.

    And if I lose, I get sad.

    But when I get sad, I stop being sad and be awsome instead. True story.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Mike

    Layton XBLA/PSN. Sorted.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    They all sound like Nintendo 4-5 years ago. This generation is like a merry go around.

    HD is next gen
    We are next gen
    Wii are new gen
    Hd is irrelevant
    Gameplay is king
    HD is expensive
    500, 00 is break even
    1 000 000 is break even
    people buy more games
    fewerpeople buy more expensive games
    games are too expensive
    they will work extra shifts for our console

    #8 6 years ago

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