Out in stores and on the PSN right now: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Reviews across the board are stellar:
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rpgland.com (Legendary out of 10)
GameMasters UK 9.5/10
OPM UK 9.1/10
Eurogamer italy 9/10
The Guardian 9/10
Eurogamer Spain 8/10
*** JULY 2012 UPDATE ***
Limited Wizard Edition details (Click to show)
The Wizard Edition of this game can be pre-ordered directly from Namco for $100. Here are the details:
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, an epic tale of a boy name Oliver travelling between two worlds on a quest to save his mother, is developed by the critically acclaimed Japanese development studio, LEVEL-5. The game features animations and cut-scenes produced and supervised by the legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, and features music scored by the world-renowned composer Joe Hisaishi.
The Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition will include a 300+ page hardback physical copy of the Wizard’s Companion, the spellbook Oliver uses throughout his journey in the game. The full-color Wizard’s Companion contains a bestiary of all the creatures found in the game along with in-depth item descriptions, spells and history of the other world. The limited-run Wizard’s Edition will also contain a plush doll of Drippy, Oliver’s guide through his adventures, as well as exclusive “golden mite” and “golden drongo” DLC familiars.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into another world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way Oliver makes new friends and tames many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available January 22, 2013 in North America and will include both English and Japanese voiceovers.
*** OCT '11 UPDATE ***
A stunning new trailer has been released.
*** SEPT '11 UPDATE ***
The game will be coming to the U.S. in early 2012!
From the makers of the spectacular animated film, Spirited Away comes a new RPG adventure developed by Level 5 called Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou. It'll be out exclusively for consoles on the PS3 on November 17, 2011 (Japan), and hopefully out here in the States not long after.
The game will come with a Magic Master Book, which has a few hundreds of pages of info on the game world and characters. It also has spells which apparently you will employ with the Move controller.
First trailer here, showing comparisons of the original animation and the real-time game engine. They are virtually identical.
An actual page from the included Magic Master Book!
Check out these amazing in-game screenies, which reportedly are animated as fluidly as Studio Ghibli's films:
*** SEPTEMBER 2011 UPDATE ***
The game will be released in Japan on November 17, and a special gold 160GB PS3 with the game included will ship at the same time:
Here's the latest trailer of this absolutely beautiful game:
Edited by joeblow - 1/22/13 at 10:04pm