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LEVEL-5 INTERNATIONAL AMERICA RELEASES COMEDIAN YOSHIYUKI HIRAI’S WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE FOR NINTENDO 3DS™ IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA

Final Game in GUILD Series Makes Global Debut Sale on Previous eShop Titles Continues Until February 23

LOS ANGELES, CA (FEBRUARY 20, 2014) – Globally renowned Japanese game company LEVEL-5, best known for the critically acclaimed PROFESSOR LAYTON and NI NO KUNI , has released WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE , a comedic tribute to classic RPGs, in Europe and North America via Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™.

WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE was created by comedian Yoshiyuki Hirai whose well-known passion for and intimate knowledge of games and comics have led him to a variety of multimedia opportunities, including his current stint as a comic book artist. Before his rise to stardom as a comedian, Hirai wished to become a game creator, and WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE marks the debut of that dream. The game was initially released only in Japan as part of the four-game compilation GUILD01, and is the last of the four titles to be released on the Nintendo eShop in Europe and North America.

“It’s an incredible honour to have my title represent the conclusion of the GUILD series in the West,” said Yoshiyuki Hirai, creator of WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE . “The core of this game is ‘I’m forging and renting weapons to heroes. Will they be able to bring peace to the world with the weapons I’ve made?!’ Each hero has their own backstory and personal reasons for their quests which means that you need to think carefully about renting out your weapons... but what if you fail to do so? You’ll find out! The contrast between the seriousness of weapon-forging and the eccentric characters is sure to make you laugh, and maybe even stir up some sentiment. I hope you enjoy the game!”

About WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE:

WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE gives players a different perspective on classic RPGs by putting them in the shoes of Yuhan, a young apprentice in an unconventional weapon shop inside an RPG. Players will forge weapons in rhythm game fashion, rent them out to a hodgepodge of quirky heroes, and follow their quests on the Grindcast adventure stream. A hero’s success or failure depends on the quality and selection of the player’s weapon – a true masterpiece might end up saving the world!

WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE is now available in Europe and North America in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™ for $7.99 / €7.99 / £7.19.

More information about WEAPON SHOP de OMASSE can be found online at http://level5ia.com/blackbox/weapon-shop-de-omasse/.

*Title is available in English only.

GUILD SERIES Nintendo eSHOP SALE ENDS SOON

All previously released games from the GUILD series, featuring masterworks by a variety of respected game creators with unique and innovative artistic visions, are currently on sale in the Nintendo eShop and will remain available at a promotional price of $2.99/€2.99/?2.69 until February 23.

Campaign period:

Continues through February 23, 2014

Region:

All European and North American regions where GUILD titles are currently available

Price:

$2.99/€2.99/?2.69 per title

Applicable titles:

AERO PORTER (by Yoot Saito)

CRIMSON SHROUD (by Yasumi Matsuno)

LIBERATION MAIDEN (by SUDA51)

THE STARSHIP DAMREY (by Kazuya Asano & Takemaru Abiko)

BUGS vs. TANKS! (by Keiji Inafune)

ATTACK OF THE FRIDAY MONSTERS! A TOKYO TALE (by Kaz Ayabe)

ABOUT LEVEL-5

LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship PROFESSOR LAYTON series has shipped over 15.0 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped approximately 7.0 million units worldwide_e. The Little Battlers eXperience animated series, based on the hugely successful games of the same name, will soon make its western debut in Europe and the Americas. The company recently released Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for North America and Europe, featuring animations by the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli, and music by Joe Hisaishi. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Santa Monica, California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand.  More information on LEVEL-5 Inc. can be found at http://www.level5ia.com and http://www.level5.co.jp/.

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