If you’re a fan of Nintendo’s handheld hardware, you know the name Level-5 well. The Japanese developer is responsible for DS and 3DS favorites like Professor Layton, Yo-Kai Watch, and Inazuma Eleven, but they also do the occasional big-budget console RPG like Dragon Quest VIII and Ni No Kuni. The Nintendo Switch is a home console, but to some degree it’s also a continuation of Nintendo’s handheld legacy, which means the system really needs Level-5 support.
Well, thankfully, it seems something’s in the works. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino recently shared his thoughts on Nintendo’s latest with Japanese website Nikkei Trendy (thanks to Siliconera for the translation):
“I think the Switch is great. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just so fun. It’s scary good. I’m always playing it while walking around or while on a plane. The model I got from Nintendo is the one with the red and blue controllers, and I was getting self-conscious about the looks I was getting when I carried it around, so I recently purchased the black controllers they released.
I also think the Switch’s style is a great fit for competitive games. You can get together and play in person or play online. For example, I think the idea of being able to gather all the game-lovers in a company and have a Mario Kart session is really interesting. I can’t say anything about it for now, but we’re currently working on software that supports Switch.”
Well, there you go! Another major Nintendo Switch developer, confirmed! What could they be working on? More Professor Layton? A Ni No Kuni port? Something completely original? Given their impressive track record, I kind of hope it’s the latter!