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Breathtaking trailer for Ni no Kuni combines RPGs with Howl's Moving Castle

Even when the Dragon Quest X Online announcement leads you to believe you’ll never play a regular JRPG again, something like this happens, and it fixes everything. Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation team responsible for films such as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away, has teamed up with Level-5 to create Ni no Kuni (The Another World). It was a Japan-only release for DS last December, but the HD and (we can now confirm) beautiful PS3 version is expected to launch November 17. Watch the trailer, but be prepared to be let down because there's no word on any plans for an English translation. Maybe we can learn Japanese by November — seriously, we might try.

Ni no Kuni is the first game Studio Ghibli has been involved with, but the majority of their films have been translated and released to Western audiences and Level-5 has a new American office, so there’s the slimmest sliver of hope. Studio Ghibli is also known for a strict "no-edits" policy for film, which — if the time comes — we would like to think will be carried over to their games. What do you think? Obviously, Ni no Kuni beautiful, but how’s the actual gameplay look in that footage?

Sep 6, 2011  

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18 comments

  • Eliath - September 10, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    I've been dying for this game since I first heard word of it. I hope it makes it across the pond.
  • Asloveszuko - September 7, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    GamesRadar, you have an unbelieveable power, you read my mind! I was just reading about this yesterday on wikipedia! I love studio Ghibli films more than I can say, and when I saw the plot of the game and now a trailer!! *swoon* I am indebted to you GR! *hugs* Now we just need an english release! Would buy it in a heart beat, and I don't even play JRPGS!
  • Vordhosbn - September 7, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    With graphics that look that smooth and colourful, all the game has to do to get me interested is be a decent sized RPG full of the usual tropes and copious amounts of sidequests...ah hell, if Level 5 are involved I'm pretty much already desperate for a go. Fingers crossed.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - September 6, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    holy balls, that game is beautiful. I'd expect nothing less from these guys.
  • Linktoreality - September 6, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    Don't care as much about the PS3 version, but I'd love the DS version to make it over here!
  • dcbernman - September 6, 2011 6:58 p.m.

    It's games like this that make me want to be a gamer. It'd be a damn shame if this game wasn't delivered to the doorstep of every man, woman, and child in America. I love anything and everything Ghibli, and I've been super excited about them entering the gaming scene since tidbits about this game started circulating two years ago.
  • Errrrbo - September 6, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    I actually emailed Level 5 International America yesterday saying I wanted this game to come to North America and Europe. I highly recommend everyone does the same. You don't have to make a big speech, just make sure Level 5 knows that we want this game. How else will they know there's hype for it? Here's the address to the contact section of Level 5 International America's website. Let your voice be heard! http://level5ia.com/contact/
  • evancusick - September 7, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    http://thegamingliberty.com/index.php/2010/07/08/ni-no-kuni-is-getting-a-western-release/. This website claims will be a western release for ni no kuni.
  • Errrrbo - September 8, 2011 6:10 p.m.

    That website is over a year old, and is the site to claim Ni no Kuni is coming to North America. In short, I think it that site is full of crap.
  • GamesRadarPaulRyan - September 7, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    That's great!
  • Thequestion 121 - September 6, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    Holy crap, this looks amazing! Please Level-5, translate this and release it America!
  • evancusick - September 6, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Seriously anyone up for starting a petition to have an English translation
  • soranamineforever - September 6, 2011 4:11 p.m.

    Alright, I'm usually a supporter of Japanese character DESIGNS, but the models here just look crap. I'm sorry, but they do. The rest of the game does look great, but by God, Studio Ghilbi can go bleep itself. Are we NEVER allowed to get decent PS3 RPGs? (Note: WE ARE, AND DO.)
  • Lolwarf - September 6, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    Mother of God... this looks great. Is the DS version still coming?
  • Gnilres - September 6, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    If you pause the video at any moment. it looks like a hand-made drawing. This looks awesome.
  • GamingBear - September 6, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    petition anyone? WANT THIS!
  • taokaka - September 6, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Just take my money already

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