6. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ohhhhh yeah, that collaboration between Studio Ghibli and developer Level 5 did happen this year, huh? Maybe it was on your wishlist, or perhaps you simply forgot it existed--but Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an excellent JRPG you won't want to pass up. As with most tales orchestrated by Studio Ghibli (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away), Ni no Kuni's story of childlike whimsy quickly takes a dark turn, and protagonist Oliver finds himself in a magical world where he basically captures Pokemon--called Familiars--and uses them to fight evil.
You'll no doubt have a great time collecting Familiars, leveling them up, and checking out the crafting and bounty hunts, but what will really blow you away are the vibrantly drawn environments, each imbued with that Studio Ghibli charm, as well as the unforgettable soundtrack composed by the great Joe Hisaishi. Sure, Ni no Kuni may err a bit on the simple side of things, and yeah, it's final hours might drag on for a bit too long, but it's one of 2013's more memorable JRPGs.