Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally coming to US/UK next year

When one of Japan's top developers, Level-5, announced three years ago it was creating a game titled Ni no Kuni with animation giant Studio Ghibli (Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro), it seemed too big to not get an international release. Then the release of the original DS version came and went without any word of localization. The same thing looked to be happening with the PS3 edition planned for release next month in Japan, but this weekend brought news that it would receive an English language release next year thanks to Namco Bandai.

With new official English title of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the game is a gorgeous-looking action-RPG with original animation from Ghibli and music by Joe Hisaishi, who composed many classic songs for Ghibli over the years, among other film soundtracks. Namco Bandai describes the game as an “epic tale of a young boy, Oliver, who embarks on a journey to become a master magician and bring back his dead mother from the parallel world of Ni no Kuni.  Along the way he encounters some extraordinary characters, many of whom become helpful allies. They guide Oliver as he explores the vast world and learns the magical skills that will make him strong enough to face his most deadly foes, and ultimately survive an encounter with the White Witch herself.” We couldn’t be happier that Ni no Kuni will finally be available outside of Japan, and we hope Namco Bandai gives it the royal treatment when the PS3 title hits stores in the US and UK sometime in 2012.

Oct 17, 2011


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  • BarbwireTino - February 9, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    I am so excited for this game! I wish Amazon had it up so I could pre-order it. I love Studio Ghibli and Dragon Quest VIII was the last JRPG I really enjoyed so I expect a lot from this game.
  • IceBlueKirby - October 18, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    This looks interesting, I may have to check it out. Don't know much about the game since I stop keeping up with things if they don't get a US release, but now that it is, I'll have to keep my eye on it.
  • Asloveszuko - October 18, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    *gets all teary-eyed* There IS a God! 8D
  • david-loxham - October 18, 2011 2:31 a.m.

    Please please please please please can we have the DS version? I'd be devastated if it was never localised. I don't want to buy a PS3 for just one game but...
  • KidKatana - October 18, 2011 1:44 a.m.

    It would be foolish not to, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE include the Japanese voice track. Cos I'm pretentious like that.
  • Linktoreality - October 18, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    A PS3 release, but no DS release? Talk about crap.
  • FatmanStephens - October 17, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    this and Tales of Graces next year? My PS3 is going to get A LOT of playtime in 2012
  • Letter11 - October 17, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    I'm so happy to hear this! Can't wait to finally play it.
  • garnsr - October 17, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I'm afraid of JRPGs these days, especially if they look great. I haven't played any in a while, but they don't seem to be reviewing well anymore. Aren't the White Knight games Level 5, too? They haven't turned out well. I sure hope this turns out well, I love me some Ghibli.
  • db1331 - October 17, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Probably the best looking game I've seen since Okami. I'd love to see a Zelda done in that style.
  • salaryman2456 - October 17, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    Still waiting for my UK Catherine release . . . On topic, wasn't this always destined for the west just never with a confirmed date? Either way this is great news, this generation of games is really starting to hot up.

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