Preview: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Level-5 made their name known to RPG fans with great games such as Dragon Quest VIII, Rogue Galaxy and the Dark Cloud series. Their new RPG for the PlayStation 3 is looking to recapture the magic and whimsical atmosphere of those classic games by combining beautiful visuals with traditional elements of the genre.

The first thing you will notice about Ni No Kuni is the art style, which is created from a collaboration with famed anime company Studio Ghibli. The world is inviting, colourful and seems to be full of imagination. The player will travel from large cities to lush jungles and the game will include a large scale world map that you can freely explore, just like all RPGs used to.

The story will follow Olivier, as he enters the alternative reality world of Ni No Kuni in search for his dead mother. With his new ability to use magic, Olivier will meet many strange and wonderful characters along the way as he must also help the citizens of the parallel world in their own plight. The battle system uses a mixture of real-time and turn-based combat. Characters can attack using magic spells, but can also recruit enemies to fight for you. Battles seem to be a mix up of ideas from many different games and it will be interesting to see how they all come together.

If you love the charm and feel of RPGs from the Super Nintendo era and wish to explore a creative and imaginative world, then you should be interested in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

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14 responses to “Preview: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

  1. Already being a fan of Studio Ghibli has made me excited for this game. But knowing that its being made by the people behind Dark Cloud and Dragon Quest, has made it even more of a must buy! Can not wait!

    • Level-5 have delivered some great games, so I also have high hopes for Ni No Kuni. Definitely resembles some of the great RPGs from the PlayStation 2 era. Let me what you think when you get to play it! Thanks.

  2. That looks quite interesting. But, I still don’t have a PS3. Darn.

  3. Great game, it seems like LEVEL-5 is saying to S-E “Hey guys, do you know JRPGs? Do you? Well, nowadays, you should make them LIKE THIS!”

    Too bad the plot is too chil-oriented and it has pokem-ehm familiars in it, but the overall quality is realòy high.
    Best JRPG on the PS3 imho.

    • I’m glad it did well critically and commercially, so I hope other companies will develop large scale console RPGs like No No Kuni into the next generation. Thanks!

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  5. Hey again, I bought this game because of your post. And it was awesome! One of my favorite RPGs ever.

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