Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni no Kuni Landscape
For the last week I’ve been obsessing over one very intriguing JRPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. This title pretty much sand-bagged me. The first time I had ever heard or seen anything about the game was less than a week ago and I’ve already convinced myself that this is a definite purchase. 

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a beautiful collaboration between Japanese developer Level-5, creators of the Dark Cloud series, and anime company Studio Ghibli. That’s right, the studio that brought you such classics as Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Howl’s Moving Castle worked directly with the developer to help design all the characters and environments, as well as the in-game cut scenes. Cut scenes like the gorgeous one below.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0f8IJpXOFI]

So not only does this game have incredible art and animation, but it also has a really innovative battle system. It takes some of the classic turn-based elements from your favorite JRPG’s and fuses them with moments of action based, real-time fighting. The introduction into a battle is very reminiscent of classic Final Fantasy. You have your party of heroes and from there you can select from a series of commands. The thing that makes Ni no Kuni so different from other games in the genre, is the introduction of an almost Pokemon-like creature combat system that introduces the real-time game mechanic. So just imagine Pokemon meets, Final Fantasy, meets Kingdom Hearts. It’s a beautiful fusion.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzVQJFGAse0]

If you’re not interested in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch at this point, I don’t think there is going to be any pleasing you. I’m not even a big  fan of JRPG’s and I’ve found myself captivated. There is something very innocent and honest about this game that reminds me of my childhood. I’m very excited to start playing and in just a few short days I will finally be able to get my hands on it. Sometimes a week can seem  like an eternity.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is scheduled for release on Jan. 22nd, 2013.

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38 comments

  1. Man, I got super excited for a second, and then I saw that it was a Playstation Exclusive. Sigh. I knew I would be hating myself one day for not having a PS3. The dang blu-ray just made it so expensive at the time, though…

    1. Every now and then Sony drops an exclusive that makes the system well worth it. I’ve always loved my Xbox 360 more, but games like Little Big Planet, Uncharted, and Ni no Kuni, make it very hard to not have a PS3. On the plus side, they are much cheaper nowadays 🙂

      1. I’m hoping the PS4 will make them dirt cheap. Then I’ll buy one and have a fit with those games you’ve mentioned, haha. I guess I always end up doing that anyway. I got my Wii like 2 years after they were released. The black looks cooler anyway. 😉

      2. There ya go. Shopping smart. The consoles will inevitably drop in price and so will the games. I’m always a sucker for new consoles though, so I tend to get them right away, when they are really expensive and don’t have the bugs worked out haha

      1. I never played Xenoblade Chronicles, I heard really good things about it. In my area it was a Gamestop exclusive and I avoid that place like the plague. Lost Odyssey was really good and it was really cool see it as an xbox exclusive.

      2. Yes I know, I’ve been to and even bought things from Gamestop before, but I can’t help but feel disdain towards one of the contributing factors in the fall of modern video game sales. It’s companies like Gamestop that make developers not want to invest in large games anymore and the reason we have annoying activation codes associated with most online games.

      3. If you’re talking about used games sales than i’m right there with you. I hate used games and never buy any. But if you read comments on any site than you know most gamers seem to only purchase they’re games Used, and will even choose Used every time, even if it only saves them a stupid 5$. Its these people and they’re complete disregard for those who work on games and the industry in general that are to blame the most. Yes Gamestop sells Used games (as do many non chain stores) but every time I go into a Gamestop I still purchase New. These other people are the main issue, and yet they also bitch about a $10 Online Pass? Even if they got the game for $40 less! Its because they are cheap and feel they should always get their way. Most gamers are selfish and don’t give a fuck about anyone but themselves, at least the vocal bunch on the internet. Sorry for taking this post way off topic, but I feel Gamestop gets more hate than is warrented sometimes, as I’ve always had fine transactions there and the people always seem decent enough, although I have heard of many shitty experiences as well. When given an option, it is up to the people who supposedly care about games to make the right ones.

      4. I have a very good friend who was the manager at a Gamestop and I’ve heard some horror stories about the way they conduct business. The way they treat their employees is really shady. Their entire business model revolves around pre-orders. If you didn’t pre-order a game, you probably won;t be getting it from gamestop. They purposely keep a disgustingly low overhead and offer special trade-ins for newer games so they can get back the games they’ve sold and then just reselling the same games over and over. This way Gamestop makes a ton of money and the developer gets screwed out of a large sum of money. One of the corporate policies basically states that if a customer is being violent in the store, he is welcome to stay if he buys a pre-order. Unfortunately this is completely true.

      5. Well yeah, they are a business. So of course they are going to try to make as much money as possible. They are probably a shady business sure, but all I was saying is they’re offering a certain product, and its up to the consumer to pick which type they want, New or Used. And unfortunately its the cheap gamers who don’t care about the companies who are picking Used. I just blame the gamers more than the company. In my mind most companies are shady, but its the consumers that can change things.

      6. I will agree with you there. Consumers need to understand how used games affect the developer, as opposed to thinking “hmm, well if I can save five bucks I might as well get it used.”

      7. I couldn’t help but read over your discussion about Gamestop and used games. Honestly I am not that opposed to used games but I think there needs to be a balance. I think that used games provide lower middle class people the opportunity to play games that otherwise they wouldn’t be able to play because of price. The main problem is that games these days feel WAY too overpriced for what you actually get. It seems like more and more companies are concerned with deadlines and exclusivity agreements than they are actually sitting down and programming a good game and if people remember that’s part of what helped to cause the gaming crash in the 1980s (I.E. Atari’s dreadful E.T.). I don’t think used game sales have ruined gaming companies, I think the insatiable appetite of the entertainment industry to copy and paste titles instead of focusing on innovation is what has caused the current market to go stagnant. I see used games as more of a symptom, not a cause. When the consumer ultimately has the control and they get ripped off so many times by companies that promise them the moon then it doesn’t surprise me that they are going to be extra cautious when buying a product. I know for me personally I try to buy new games when I can but if I am unsure about a title and I can get it much cheaper used then that is the route I will go.Besides, you may not have to worry about used games with next gen consoles anyway, it’s probably going to go the way of backwards compatibility.

      8. I’m not entirely opposed to used game sales.I’m opposed to Gamestop’s business model. I support a ton of local places that provide used games. I do agree that many modern developers have been testing the durability of the market by releasing tons of shovel-ware titles. Much like Hollywood, the video game industry has become a big business and unfortunately there are always people looking to take advantage of that.

      9. I definitely understand. It’s been a long time since I stopped shopping at Gamestop, I do all of my used games through amazon and I have become a Steam Sales whore here recently. Gamestop has its place for me if I absolutely MUST have a pre-order title and I know I can pick it up there (I live in a small area so sometimes it’s the only place) but for the most part I am not really interested in going there unless I am looking for something really cheap and obscure and even then you can usually find a better price somewhere else.

  2. My friend is so into this game and he wants it for his bday, I can see why he is into it it looks amazing.

  3. When I heard that they were going to release a game with graphics by Studio Ghibli I was giddy with excitement…THEN I got the chance to play the demo and I can honestly say that I am just floored by the expanse and feel of the game. I found myself saying “Wow” as soon as I got into the open world aspect of the game. The graphics are nothing short of breathtaking and the battle system is DEFINITELY reminiscent of the RPGs of our yesteryear. If the mere fact that Studio Ghibli and Joe Hisaishi worked on this project aren’t enough to draw you in then the simplistic yet satisfying mechanics should. After all my gaming disappointments of 2012 it’s great to see something promising in early 2013.

    1. Thanks for dropping by and shedding some insight on your hands on time with the game. It reminds me of the golden age of RPG’s and I’m really excited to get some extended hands-on time with the game.

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