Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Preview for PS3

On: PS3DS
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch screenshot
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch screenshot

I must once again stress the fact that, due to the language barrier, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I was rotating through commands on a wheel in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Selecting one would prompt a little dude with a sword to attack his enemies. It's worth noting at this point that this little dude was not the lantern-nosed Shizuku, but something else. He was more bipedal; small and disgustingly cute with a huge smile plastered across his face. I've since heard him referred to as an 'Imagine Fighter', a being that has been summoned into existence by Oliver. It could well be that he is one of many vassals that can be drafted into battle, but I was unable to learn much more than this from the demo.

Pressing the L1 button changes the command wheel, presenting combat options for Oliver. Oliver will never get involved in combat directly, but isn't afraid to open up his spell book and cast a few spells here and there. The DS version will actually come with a hardbound book, with spells inside that can be referred to as you play. You won't get this accessory with the PS3 version, but magic will still play an instrumental role in battle. I have no idea what spells I was casting, but it was clear to me that none of them were attack based. All of the ones I saw appeared to be either healing moves or stat buffs, but this is only an educated guess.

In true JRPG style, the demo draws to an end with a hulking great big boss battle. The beast in question was clad in strange armour, with antlers sprouting from his head and a face like the apocalypse. The smile on my little warrior's face refused to wane, however, and he valiantly jumped into battle without fear for the consequences. After dealing enough damage to the brute, he ditched his shield, discarding it like an unwanted toy. Soon after, Shizuku appeared from the sidelines, lifting up the unwanted shield (which is about four times bigger than he is), and throwing it at the enemy like a Frisbee. After taking advantage of his dazed state, the beast is finally brought to its knees; my team whooping and cheering in celebration.

Ni no Kuni oozes with Ghibli charm, and boasts some of the best cel-shading in recent memory - perhaps ever, in fact. As with many titles I've played over TGS, the language barrier prevented me from fully appreciating what was going on, but this didn't stop me from falling head over heels in love with it. With any luck I'll get my hands on a localised version of the game in the near future, and many of the points I'm hazy on right now will become clear. It's day one of the show for me at time of writing, but I can say with all conviction that this is my game of TGS so far.

Ni no Kuni is scheduled for release in 2011.

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Ghost_Dog

I'm a big Ghibli fan, but not really a fan of JRPGs. Saying that, I think I will still give this a bash, purely on the basis that it's Ghibli.

On the subject of favorite Ghibli film, I have a few that are my favorites;
NausicaƤ, My Neighbor Totoro, Laputa and Grave of the Fireflies are probably top of my list, with Grave of the Fireflies being the best non-Miyazaki directed effort. Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are an acquired taste and The Cat Returns is probably Ghiblis worst effort.
Posted 09:47 on 20 September 2010
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Generic-Username@ cousinwalter

It's my favourite too. :3
Posted 16:23 on 18 September 2010
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cousinwalter

Princess Mononoke (or Mononoke-hime if you've got your nerd cap on) is my fave
Posted 12:59 on 18 September 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

NausicaƤ is my favorite because I'm obscure and unique.
Posted 12:33 on 18 September 2010
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CheekyLee

I like Laputa, but Spirited Away remains my favourite. I haven't actually seen any of the non-Miyazaki movies, so Grave of the Fireflies is still on my 'To watch' list.

The game itself looks pretty spectacular, and here's hoping that it doesn't take years to get a translation and release over here!
Posted 10:42 on 18 September 2010
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Jamin@ scaz2244

Cheers dude!

Yeah, Grave of the Fireflies is awesome, although it's quite unlike the majority of Ghibli films. And only watch it if your emotionally stable; it's pretty hard hitting.
Posted 09:05 on 18 September 2010
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cousinwalter

YouTube Video
Posted 19:46 on 17 September 2010
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scaz2244

grave of the fireflies not heard that one before would you say its the best one jamin?
sounds amazing loved spirited and princess monoke, is howls moving castle one aswell?
either way i cannot wait for this to come out in the UK if it ever does
great preview jamin
Posted 18:50 on 17 September 2010
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Generic-Username

This sounds like an interesting collaboration to say the least. :3
Posted 14:37 on 17 September 2010
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cousinwalter

this may well be the greatest thing ever
Posted 13:59 on 17 September 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 25/01/2013
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: RPG
No. Players: One
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 178
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