Ever since Ni No Kuni was first presented, is has been a game JRPG fans have clamored for, and with due reasoning: there is a huge lack of quality JRPGs this generation. Unfortunately, little news was given about the title and many began to question whether or not it would ever see a release outside of Japan.
Namco Bandai has heard your cries JRPG fans, and plans to launch Ni No Kuni in North America in 2012 as Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch has quite a bit of talent behind it. The game will be developed by Level-5, known by many to be the premier JRPG studio. The game’s animations and striking artwork will be handled by Studio Ghibli.
That’s not all though; the North American version of Ni No Kuni also promises to bring an abundance of additional content. Namco has confirmed that the North American release will feature both new places to visit as well as brand new characters to interact with. In addition, there was also mention of another perspective on the story. Whether this means that players will be able to experience the Ni No Kuni’s tale from the perspective of other characters, or simply get to hear NPC’s chime off about their adventure remains to be seen.
Unfortunately, Namco Bandai has not given word on whether or not the DS version of the game will make it overseas, but considering just how beautiful the game looks, it may be an injustice towards the art style to play it on a smaller and lower resolution screen.
It will be interesting to see how Ni No Kuni ends up playing. Level-5’s White Knight Chronicles series has seen its share of criticism, though it does have an audience. I enjoyed the original White Knight Chronicles, though it was hardly the most polished of Level-5’s titles. Ni No Kuni is obviously going to be a niche title in North America, though so we wonder if Level-5 takes a few design decisions into consideration so as not to alienate a huge portion of their fanbase.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of The White Witch will release on the PS3 in 2012.
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