Why Isn’t Fantasy Life 2 Coming to the 3DS?

We reported a few days ago on Level-5’s announcement to not bring Fantasy Life 2 to handheld consoles, electing instead to make it available exclusively on smartphones. It seems like an odd choice, considering that the first game was only available on consoles, but one immediate speculation is that the market for smartphone games is more accessible, larger, and more mainstream. But would that really be the reasoning… hoping for more sales on smartphones even though the first game was on consoles?

Akihiro Hino, CEO of Level-5, was interviewed by Famitsu earlier this week and was asked about the decision. His response? “I’d say Fantasy Life has elements and mechanisms which adults find soothing. Although children play games on dedicated game systems, recently many adults have been playing on smartphones … The supported hardware for this game was decided based on thinking of an environment where more adults play.”

Right. So… the decision was made based on a perception of more children than adults playing on Nintendo 3DS, and more adults than children on smartphones. Say what? Where is the logic in this statement, especially considering Fantasy Life’s family-friendly atmosphere and gameplay? It’s not an adult title, plain and simple, so why try to market it that way (and subsequently alienate the entire existing fanbase)?

It’s a complete mystery. Here’s hoping we receive more (and more logical) information in the months ahead.


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