Studio Ghibli and Level-5′s video game Ni No Kuni was one of my most-anticipated games of 2012. Now it will have to be one of my most-anticipated games of 2013. The PlayStation 3 game has already been released in Japan, and it was originally schedule to be released in the US this spring. Then this spring turned into this winter. Now this winter has turned into early 2013. I’m not sure why there’s such a long delay, but it looks like we’ll have to tough it out and wait even longer for this gorgeous-looking RPG.
Adding insult to injury, a new English-language trailer has gone online, and it makes the game look even more spectacular. Studio Ghibli’s wonderful storytelling seems to have easily made the transition to the gaming world, and so here’s hoping that Level-5 has delivered on the gameplay side. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Then remember you either have to wait almost a year to play the game.
Back in October, we told you about an upcoming PlayStation 3 JRPG (Japanese Role-Playing Game) called Ni No Kuni. The game is notable not only for its gorgeous graphics, but because it comes from the celebrated animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli has been home to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and the rest of Hayao Miyazaki’s filmography. While he was not personally involved with the game, Ghibli has told other great stories and I hope that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of them.
A new preview for the game has gone online and gives a better idea of what we can expect from Ghibli’s collaboration with game developer Level-5 (Dragon Quest IX). The story revolves around Oliver, a young boy who is transported to a magical world where he attempts to find his deceased mother. There doesn’t seem to be anything revolutionary about the gameplay, but sometimes it’s better to do a solid job with something familiar rather than innovate for innovation’s sake (I’m looking at you, every Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy X-2). Hit the jump to check out the preview. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is due out in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2012, but it might get pushed back a little.
A new Japanese trailer for the beautiful-looking RPG Ni no Kuni has gone online. The PlayStation 3 game was created by Level-5 (the folks behind the Professor Layton games) and Studio Ghibli, the animation studio co-created by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away). I can’t remember the last time I saw a video game that was so visually stunning. I have no idea what’s being said by anyone in this trailer, but there are plenty of crazy Japanese RPG elements floating around and there seems to be a nice variety of combat, puzzles, and exploration. Level-5 put together some great RPGs on other systems (Rogue Galaxy, Jeanne d’Arc, and Dragon Quest VIII), but they’re still looking for their PS3 RPG hit since the also-visually-impressive White Knight Chronicles games have been met with a lukewarm-at-best response. If Ni no Kuni‘s gameplay matches its visuals, it will be one of the best games ever made.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Ni no Kuni (literally translated as “Second Country: The Queen of White Sacred Ash“) hits stores in Japan on November 17th and is due out in the U.S. in early 2012.