Boxden hiphop sports wild'ish games movies news eyecandy tech gear rides
trending now popular now #top20 top yesterday all sections videos pics tracks headlines

Ni No Kuni: The Most Promising Japanese Roleplaying Game in Years

most watched this minute | see more
most viewed right now
107 viewing
 Image inside Choose an eye & see what it reveals about you
65 comments
most viewed right now
88 viewing
 Image inside Remember Cindy Margolis?  
38 comments

top in section
68 viewing
 Image inside Ayisha Diaz Bad Azz
top in eyecandy
top in section
28 viewing
 Video inside So you wanna know about that Paul Walker ending bit in..
top in movies

people viewing this topic:   (0 members and 1 guests)  
 
 

let em know Share this on TwitterShare this on Facebook
 Ni No Kuni: The Most Promising Japanese Roleplaying Game in Years
Unread 01-10-2013, 03:25 PMJoined Aug 2011 - away - #1
863 pageviews
8 comments


Jesszman 2200 heat pts2200 space
avatar space
Senior Member
space
$29,812 | POWERFUL
You’ve probably never heard of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Let’s change that. What’s a “Ni no Kuni” anyway? There’s a “white witch” in the game? Someone made an RPG from Narnia fan fiction where Tilda Swinton lives?

One thing at a time. Maybe you’ve heard of Studio Ghibli, the Tokyo-based film house behind animated movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies and Spirited Away — a handful from the studio’s A-list, and some of the finest films ever made. Well, the Studio Ghibli folks got together with Japanese game developer Level 5 (Dark Cloud 2, Dragon’s Quest VIII, the Professor Layton series — some of the finest games ever made) a few years ago to make a roleplaying game. That game, dubbed Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi, emerged in 2010 for the Nintendo DS, only it never made it over here (or anywhere else, for that matter).

That’s usually the end of the road for a game like this. Why spend the money localizing and marketing an eclectic, anime-style JRPG when Western gamers tend to march more in lockstep with orthodox Dungeons & Dragons scions like Skyrim, Dragon Age and Mass Effect 3?

Last year that thinking changed, sort of. Two games made it across the Pacific that arguably shouldn’t have: Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story – the best and second-best roleplaying games, respectively, that I’ve played in years (pretty much everyone else, players and critics alike, agreed). And both of those games sold surprisingly well, suggesting there’s a market for this stuff alongside the Diablo IIIs and Dishonoreds and Torchlight IIs. Pay attention, JRPG doom-and-gloomers: Two fantastic JRPGs in a year was a rare occurrence back when the genre was considered popular.

Ni no Kuni was already scheduled to arrive in the U.S. last February, so no, I’m not saying Xenoblade Chronicles or The Last Story had anything to do with its hopping the fence, but that it’s coming at all is kind of remarkable, and here’s the other surprise: It’s a completely remastered version for the PlayStation 3, not a DS localization. Or maybe remastered isn’t the right word. The DS version was completed first, but it sounds like the PlayStation 3 version was developed in parallel from the beginning.

So what’s a “Ni no Kuni”? It’s a transliterated Japanese phrase meaning “two countries” or “second world.” The game’s story involves a 13-year-old boy named Oliver whose mother unexpectedly dies, at which point one of Oliver’s dolls — given to him by his mother — comes to life and tells him that he can save his mother if he journeys to this “second country,” a sort of parallel fantasy world with characters that operate as analogues of ones he knows from the real world.

Sounds like a Studio Ghibli film alright. Here’s Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino responding to a question from IGN about the “feel” of the world, which sounds decidedly Ghibli-esque, too.

We would love you to experience the excitement of going on an adventure, as well as the feeling of returning to your childhood … Further, it would make us happy if younger players could live out their dreams and the spirit of adventure through this title, as they also think about the importance of their own loved ones, such as their family and friends.

And with that, you should probably have a look at the official game trailer.


How does Ni no Kuni work game-wise? I’m still waiting for my review copy, but the battle system sounds fairly traditional, good-guys-facing-bad-guys (though you can roam around the battlefield freely), with enemies visible on a continuous-time game field beforehand, Blue Dragon-style, and pre-combat approach incentives, say sneaking up on a creature to initiate combat with advantages.

I gather from the handful of explainer videos floating around that the battle system is relatively complex, which jibes with reactions to the handheld version’s mechanics. According to 1UP’s translation of the Famitsu review (of the Japanese DS version), “It’s not the light, easy-to-play sort of thing you’d expect with a portable game, but the sheer scope of the project makes it worth the time to play.”

Echoes of Pokemon: You’ll collect and cart around your own personal menagerie of familiars, each of which can be named, taught different skills and leveled-up. You can either set discrete battle tactics for each of your human companions and let the computer handle things, or take control of them directly. And there’s an “all-out attack” or “all-out defend” option that works just as it sounds, allowing you to pull off synchronized offensive or defensive maneuvers.

The only downer so far is that it’s PS3-exclusive. Nothing against Sony‘s fine system, you just want to see a game like this reach the broadest possible audience, especially if it turns out to be one of these games that raises the barometer for everything else.

What might it feel like to play a Studio Ghibli movie? To wander in a world that feels like “returning to your childhood”? We’ll find out in just a few more weeks: Ni no Kuni arrives on Jan. 22.






Can't wait!
Reply With Quote
The Following BX resident gave props to Jesszman (Sent To 9,443 Subscribers)  HOT TOPIC  (01-10-2013)

8 comments for "Ni No Kuni: The Most Promising Japanese Roleplaying Game in Years"

- To post a comment, join the squad -


Unread 01-10-2013, 03:29 PMJoined Sep 2011 - away - #2
esneffoelgnairt 60 heat pts60 space
avatar space
http://goo.gl/1xLGF
space
$1,994 | POWERFUL
ugghhh jesus christ gaming sucks right now
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:02 PMJoined Jun 2006 - away - #3
LeMar G 183 heat pts183 space
avatar space
ɹǝʞɐɯǝʇsɐʇ#
space
$5,838 | POWERFUL
demo was dope. looking forward to this.
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:02 PMJoined Jan 2005 - away - #4
kaseemromani 37 heat pts37 space
avatar space
Romani the Great
space
$2,398 | 19834979

xenoblade=best japanese rpg this gen and it just released this year fu*k you talkin bout boy?
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:05 PMJoined Aug 2011 - away - #5
Jesszman 2200 heat pts2200 space
avatar space
Senior Member
space
$29,812 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by LeMar G
demo was dope. looking forward to this.
Same here. I'd get it on PSN if gamestop wasn't doing the steelbook case thing.


Originally Posted by kaseemromani

xenoblade=best japanese rpg this gen and it just released this year fu*k you talkin bout boy?
Xenoblade dropped in 2011...
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:10 PMJoined Jan 2005 - away - #6
kaseemromani 37 heat pts37 space
avatar space
Romani the Great
space
$2,398 | 19834979
Originally Posted by Jesszman
Same here. I'd get it on PSN if gamestop wasn't doing the steelbook case thing.



Xenoblade dropped in 2011...
it came to america april 2012
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:11 PMJoined Aug 2011 - away - #7
Jesszman 2200 heat pts2200 space
avatar space
Senior Member
space
$29,812 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by kaseemromani
it came to america april 2012
Europe got it the year before.
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:14 PMJoined Jan 2005 - away - #8
kaseemromani 37 heat pts37 space
avatar space
Romani the Great
space
$2,398 | 19834979
yeh i know and japan was the year before that still doesnt warrant the "years" comment still i wish i had a ps3 to play this game or hoping for some kind of wii u or steam port down the line even tho that is probably never going to happen
Reply With Quote
Unread 01-10-2013, 06:28 PMJoined Aug 2011 - away - #9
Jesszman 2200 heat pts2200 space
avatar space
Senior Member
space
$29,812 | POWERFUL
eh, wii u port could be a possibility. After all, this was originally a 3ds game that required you to draw the spells with the stylus.
Reply With Quote
 

Home > all sections > BX GameSpot
  
    
          join bx


 




that hot ish yesterday


most viewed right now
248 viewing
Image inside The Clinton Body Count  
78 comments
@wild'ish
most viewed right now
36 viewing
Audio inside Diddy Outed AGAIN by the King of Instagram aka Fat ..
47 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
34 viewing
Image inside Augusta native Cortez Berry is NOT enjoying his st..
117 comments
@wild'ish
most viewed right now
33 viewing
Image inside Godfather Girth shows off amazing physique (Rare Q..
118 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
20 viewing
Image inside Pour the wine, light the fire Girl your wish is my..
67 comments
@eyecandy
most viewed right now
15 viewing
NBA Micheal Rapaport dropping Flex Bombs on LeBron AGAIN [..
63 comments
@sports
most viewed right now
13 viewing
Video inside Anyone seen that Beiber roast? SMH (full video insi..
103 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
9 viewing
Video inside Mar 30 - Idiot Frat Dude Celebrates Spring Break By..
49 comments
@news
most viewed right now
7 viewing
Image inside DAVE CHAPPELLE Drunken Idiot Arrested AFTER THROWI..
50 comments
@movies

^
contact us   |   bx@twitter   |   bx@facebook   |   privacy   |   search   |   BX 1998-end of time