Ni No Kuni (North America English version confirmed)

A story about a boy, a fairy doll and the boy’s quest to revive his recently deceased mother. From the minds of Level-5 and studio Ghibli, comes this role-playing magical adventure. Ni No Kuni (or The Another World) was first announced in the Japanese publication Famitsu in September 2008 for the Nintendo DS. Later in 2010, it was revealed that the game was in development for the PlayStation 3 and a world premier trailer of “Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou” (Queen of the White Ashes) was shown in TGS 2010.

Many English-speaking players were wondering if this will be another Japanese import, but wonder no more … Level-5 president Akihiro Hino confirmed that an English version of the game is in production for an early 2012 release in North America, exclusively for PlayStation 3. I leave you with some gameplay footage from TGS 2011 …

Here is a second Gameplay video to demonstrate the game’s “Final Fantasy/Pokemon” battles!

Written by: Cheeto - News Contributor

  1. #1 by premiersoupir on September 17th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Yeah… the devs lost me at “the story of a boy, a fairy doll,” and some Oedipal nonsense.

  2. #2 by jscar2000 on September 17th, 2011 [ 50 Points ]

    Lol @ premiersoupir…yeah, the “boy and a fairy” kind of killed it for me as well….

  3. #3 by Sakinah on September 17th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    Loving the look of this game. It looks and sounds just like a Studio Ghibli film. Plus turned based battles is so old school. This will likely be the first PS3 game I buy next year.

  4. #4 by Isli on September 17th, 2011 [ 74635 Points ]

    I think if you generally don’t like Studio Ghibli films, then it’s probably not a good fit.

    Either way, I’m excited for this game. I hope they don’t try to charge the same outlandish price in the US though.

  5. #5 by Cheeto on September 17th, 2011

    Studio Ghibli is know for some award winning animations such as Spirited Away, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and remains the only film made outside the English-speaking world to have done so. I am excited for this game, its a must buy for me since they’ve announced a debut on the PS3. Now lets just hope that the Last Guardian will follow and we’ll have an awesome year ahead!

  6. #6 by mowmow on September 17th, 2011 [ 12315 Points ]

    I want this game =D

  7. #7 by jwhyrock on September 17th, 2011 [ 13 Points ]

    I believe it will be amazing. Personally I enjoy stabbing people in the face and eating them while they are still alive, but the game is beautiful enough to where I will love being immersed in the world. If the RPG elements are strong enough and we connect with the characters we might be able to forget the kid like aspect of the experience. Costume Quest is a lot of fun for example. Eternal Sonata was a fantastic game to give another game, although perhaps heavier material.

  8. #8 by Darklurkr23 on September 17th, 2011 [ 30481 Points ]

    Isn’t this the one with the special PS3 Slim because it’s such a great seller?

  9. #9 by Isli on September 17th, 2011 [ 74635 Points ]

    Maybe in Japan? Most of the special PS3’s stay there anyways. I know FFXIII-2 is getting a special PS3, so if they made one for that, they ought to make one for every game -.-

    @jwhyrock Even if there is a kid element to this game, I don’t think that is a bad thing.

  10. #10 by BLOODYICECREAM on September 17th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    Studio Ghibli was all I needed to see. Sold.

  11. #11 by jwhyrock on September 17th, 2011 [ 13 Points ]

    I hear you and I’m not saying its bad necessarily just that I personally prefer more adult themed content. I love anime though so its not a deal breaker.

  12. #12 by chronorayven on September 17th, 2011 [ 25779 Points ]

    Game looks good though not sure about the story will have to wait for someone to review to actually buy it after.

  13. #13 by Cheeto on September 18th, 2011

    Darklurkr23: Isn’t this the one with the special PS3 Slim because it’s such a great seller?  

    That is correct. Its, by far, the best looking PS3 I’ve seen, a 160GB model though …

  14. #14 by jwhyrock on September 18th, 2011 [ 13 Points ]

    New contest idea? anyone? anyone?

  15. #15 by Pedro on September 18th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Yeah, I don’t get all the fuzz about this either. I do like Studio Ghibli movies, but I think this don’t work so well for games… but then again, I don’t really get most Japanese games anyway…

  16. #16 by jwhyrock on September 18th, 2011 [ 13 Points ]

    Lol what? Anime and games have gone together hand in hand since the 80s. Plus what plethora of anime based games have you been playing anyway? We barely get any anime games. (in the US on the off chance you live in Japan)

  17. #17 by dragon290513 on September 19th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    this game looks so lovely!

  18. #18 by Nikazio on September 19th, 2011 [ 69 Points ]

    this game looks beautiful

  19. #19 by Markus on September 19th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    This is something I’d like to play

  20. #20 by Kane112 on September 19th, 2011 [ 35672 Points ]

    hmm interesting love studio ghibli, wonder how the game will turn out

  21. #21 by dragon290513 on September 20th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    it will get perfect reviews obviously :)) kidding but who knows

  22. #22 by EdEN on September 20th, 2011 [ 223256 Points ]

    I’m also waiting for the DS Version and it’s awesome spell book…

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