Ni No Kuni: Western Release Confirmed!

 At the bottom of this post you’ll get to watch probably one of the most visually stunning videogames ever to grace the Playstation 3…

Ni No Kuni is the title of game originally only set for release in Japan. It’s a collaboration between developers Level-5 (Professor Layton, White Knight Chronicles, Dark Cloud) and the animation powerhouse Stuido Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle).

The game revolves around a young boy named Oliver who is given a doll as a gift from his late mother. The doll is in fact a fairy, who (with the help of a magical book) transports Oliver to another world which exists in parallel with his own, all in an attempt to resurrect his mother.

Visually, this game doesn’t look out of place next to the brilliantly crafted Ghibli films. Its very much an RPG, with the combat centered around the book that has been gifted to the leading character. Using the spell book Oliver can even summon creatures to help him.

Level-5 have now officially confirmed the Playstation 3 version of the game, now titled Ni No Kuni: Wraith of the White Witch is heading to the UK early next year, as well as the US. It’s to be published by Namco Bandai (publisher of Dark Souls). No word on the Nintendo DS version however.

Check out the trailer below, and try and tell me this isn’t looking fantastic. Blast Processor Tom may not be the worlds biggest RPG fan, but I’ve got a feeling he’ll be getting this!

Eurogamer.net’s article in regards to the western release can be found here.

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