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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!

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

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

  • 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.

  • @premiersoupir
    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.

  • 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!

  • I want this game =D

  • jwhyrock

    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.

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

  • 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.

  • Studio Ghibli was all I needed to see. Sold.

  • jwhyrock

    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.

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

  • 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 …

  • jwhyrock

    New contest idea? anyone? anyone?

  • 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…

  • jwhyrock

    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)

  • this game looks so lovely!

  • this game looks beautiful

  • This is something I’d like to play

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

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

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