Ni No Kuni Gameplay Preview

One of my most anticipated import games for 2012 comes from both Studio Ghibli and Level-5. It’s already been released in Japan and will be called Ni No Kuni: Queen of the White Ashes in North America.

In Ni No Kuni, players control a distraught Oliver as he goes to a parallel world (Hence the title: “The Another World”). Oliver learns that that he may have a chance to revive his recently departed mother in this new world; accompanied by a male fairy called Shizuku, he starts an adventure that changes his life forever.

More information on Ni No Kuni for the PS3 after the break.

In the parallel world called Ni No Kuni, Oliver meets alternate versions of people that he knows, as well as collect more than 350 creatures that Oliver can team up with to battle his opponents. That sounds like an addictive and more HD friendly Pokemon right?

During battles, Players control Oliver in a Kingdom Hearts style action-rpg system in which Oliver can issue commands to these creatures which adds depth and strategy to each fight.

As if having Level-5 developing it wasn’t enough to bring the game credibility, the world renowned Studio Ghibli is helping out by producing Ni No Kuni’s animated cutscenes as well as it’s rousing orchestral soundtrack. Think of the production quality like the ones found in Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, and you’ve got an idea of how amazing the game will look and sound.

And I have to say, character animations are just amazing. I couldn’t help but be awestruck at how much like an interactive animation film Ni No Kuni looks. Studio Ghibli and Level-5 are definitely at the top of their game here. Check out the gameplay demo video at the end of this article to see for yourself.

The original DS version of the game met with critical acclaim in it’s native Japan. Scoring a 38 out of 40 in Weekly Famitsu magazine (the most read gaming magazine in the country) and sold over 170,000 copies in it’s first week on sale.

The english version of the game is now in production and will be released to the market in early 2012. While PS3 and DS versions will both start out the same, each title will arrive at a certain point where major story differences will begin. Also, that the PlayStation 3 version will have an additional campaign that continues where the DS version left off.

The PS3 version will also have additional content as well as planned downloadable content exclusive to the system.

Expect Ni No Kuni to come out for the PS3 early 2012.

Let us know what you think of Ni No Kuni in the comment section below.


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

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