Level-5 is a Japanese based video game developer. They were founded in 1998 and currently have 150 employees. While best known for creating video games for Sony's consoles, they have developed Nintendo DS titles since the launch of Professor Layton and the Curious Village, which was published by Nintendo. They later started developing games for the 3DS and more recently for Mobile. They also mentioned that they are currently trying to make a Professor Layton game for the Nintendo Switch.


Level-5 was established in October 1998 by Akihiro Hino and his development team at Riverhillsoft, following the release of OverBlood 2. Since Hino did not originally believe that his team could become an independent developer, he formed a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment, who would allow him to develop for their upcoming PlayStation 2 under the condition that he set up his own company. The name, "Level-5", was a reference to Japanese school report cards, where "Level-5" is the highest possible mark. Soon after being created, the company had eleven employees.

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