“Ni No Kuni” was the first role-playing video game to be co-developed by the animation company Studio Ghibli. Joining with video game developer Level-5 the game was initially released for a Japanese only audience with “Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Mage,” which was released on December 9, 2010 in for the Nintendo DS, while the PlayStation 3 version, titled “Ni no Kuni: The Queen of White Sacred Ash,” was released in Japan on November 17, 2011.
The story of “Ni no Kuni” revolves around a thirteen-year-old boy named Oliver, a resident of Hotroit City. It begins with Oliver’s mother Arie, suddenly dying after rescuing him from drowning. A doll, given to Oliver by his mother, is then brought to life from the magic inside him. The doll reveals itself to be a male fairy named Shizuku, who gives Oliver the power of magic and the ability to enter the world of “Ni no Kuni,” a reality parallel to his own in hopes to find his mother.
After waiting for what felt like eons for an announcement for a western release, Level 5 stated the game would be available in the USA and Europe in early quarter 2012. With the Q1 passing some feared the western release of the game would not happen. After no statements from both companies for many months, Level 5 finally released new information a few days ago.
The western version of the PS3 game “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch” will be simultaneously released both in the United States and Europe in early 2013. The game will be published by Namco Bandai Games and will include both English and Japanese voice tracks. Lastly Level 5 released an English trailer for our pure enjoyment, take a look at it below:
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