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Founded: 1998
Founder: Akihiro Hino
President: Akihiro Hino
Parent / owner: N/A
Divisions / subsidiaries: Level-5 Comcept, Freestyle Work, Level-5 abby, Level-5 International America

Level-5 Inc. (株式会社レベルファイブ Kabushiki-gaisha Reberu Faibu) is a Japanese video game developer and publisher. Based in Fukuoka, Japan, many of the company's titles are published by Nintendo overseas. According to president Akihiro Hino, the name "Level-5" refers to the actual term "Level-5", the highest possible mark on Japanese report cards, and their ambition to create "five-star" games.


Level-5 was initially founded by Akihiro Hino and his team from their former employer, Riverhillsoft, in 1998, after making a deal with Sony Computer Entertainment which would allow them to develop for the then-upcoming PlayStation 2.

In 2007, Level-5 would release in Japan Professor Layton and the Curious Village, their first self-funded and self-published title. From this point on, Level-5 would self-publish all of their future titles in Japan, while for international retail releases Nintendo would handle publishing duties.

In October 2015, Level-5 and Dentsu would found Level-5 abby in Santa Monica, California, for the purpose of creating media for their western audience.

Games published by Nintendo

Game Year Console
Professor Layton and the Curious Village 2007 Nintendo DS
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box 2007 Nintendo DS
Inazuma Eleven 2008 Nintendo DS / Nintendo 3DS
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future 2008 Nintendo DS
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies 2009 Nintendo DS
Professor Layton and the Last Specter 2009 Nintendo DS
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Inazuma Eleven Strikers 2011 Wii
Inazuma Eleven GO 2011 Nintendo 3DS
LBX: Little Battlers eXperience 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Fantasy Life 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Yo-kai Watch 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Inazuma Eleven GO 3: Galaxy 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2015 Nintendo 3DS
Yo-kai Watch 3 2016 Nintendo 3DS

External links

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1st & 2nd Party / Owned
Internal divisions
Owned / Affiliated Seattle Mariners* • The Pokémon Company • Warpstar Inc.
* – Former / Defunct
3rd Parties / Partners
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* – Former / Defunct
Key employees
Managers, etc. Internal
  • NNSD: Yusuke Beppu
  • Monolith Soft: Hirohide Sugiura, Tetsuya Takahashi
  • 1-Up Studio: Gen Kadoi
  • ND Cube: Hidetoshi Endo
  • Retro: Michael Kelbaugh
  • NERD: Alexandre Delattre