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3:30 PM on 03.25.2013

White Knight Chronicles servers to go offline this June

Some sad news for fans of Level 5's White Knight Chronicles has come from Sony Computer Entertainment America: the game's online servers will cease operation on June 18, 2013. White Knight Chronicles' online mode, known ...

Harry Monogenis

12:00 PM on 03.17.2013

Feast on vids for Guild02's Monsters Come Out on Friday

Of the three games announced as part of Level-5's Guild02 lineup, Kaiju ga Deru Kinyoubi ("Monsters Come Out on Friday) sounded the most fascinating. A game in which you play as a boy in a small town turned upside-down by a ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 03.08.2013

Level-5 files trademark for Guild02 3DS games in USA

It looks like Level-5's Guild02 compilation might be headed for western shores. Siliconera has reportedly uncovered US trademarks for Bugs vs. Tanks! and The Starship Damrey, indicating a po...

Kyle MacGregor

6:30 PM on 03.06.2013

Suda 51's Liberation Maiden soaring to iOS (Update)

[Update: Liberation Maiden is now available worldwide via the App Store for $4.99 / €4.49 / ₤2.99.] Well, this is unexpected. Liberation Maiden has arrived on the iTunes App Store in New Zealand. One...

Kyle MacGregor

10:45 AM on 02.25.2013

Send off Professor Layton in Azran Legacies

The newest full trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies, the last game to star Professor Layton has dropped, and it's definitely worth watching -- whether you're fan or not. I have to admit, I got a little nostal...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 02.21.2013

These are the three games in Level-5's Guild02

Three of the four titles from Level-5's 3DS game jam Guild01 made it to the eShop out West. Liberation Maiden, Aero Porter, and Crimson Shroud were all bizarre but solid experiences, and I'm extremely grateful that they were...

Tony Ponce



Ni No Kuni is offering a free Draggle familiar DLC today photo
Ni No Kuni is offering a free Draggle familiar DLC today
by Chris Carter

It's a free DLC-fest for the PlayStation Network today, as Draggle, the adorable guy pictured above, is dropping for free on the PSN.

If you aren't familiar with how Ni No Kuni works, it's basically like Pokémon. Around eight hours into the game, you'll gain the ability to catch and train familiars, which function as party members.

Draggle is one of those creatures, offered up today as free DLC. To redeem him (or any DLC), go to the Temple of Trials in the Shimmering Sands desert on the southern portion of the map.

Walk up to the Great Sage and redeem the ticket -- simple! If you need more tips, check out my mini-guide here.

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5:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Professor Layton's final journey gets translated trailers

We haven't been doing a good job of keeping you cool cats abreast of the final chapter in the Layton series, Professor Layton and the Azran Legeacies. That is a shame, considering the 3DS puzzle-venture is set ready to take ...

Tony Ponce



Ni No Kuni guide: 20+ essential tips to get you started photo
Ni No Kuni guide: 20+ essential tips to get you started
by Chris Carter

The world of Ni No Kuni is whimsical, beautiful, and sometimes scary. The mere fact that the game features a number of old school JRPG tropes is enough to frighten even some of the hardiest of gamers, who are used to modern conveniences like fast travel from the start.

Having acclimated myself to Level-5's newest instant JRPG classic, I'm ready to provide a short starter guide for the first 10-20 hours or so, for people who may be scared off from tackling this beast.

Release this game from its shrink-wrap, read these tips, and get ready for an amazing journey.

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Review: Aero Porter photo
Review: Aero Porter
by Jonathan Holmes

A videogame is a thing that asks you to do a series of tasks in order to meet arbitrary goals that were established by someone else. Videogames are things that most of us partake in for "fun," regardless of how difficult the tasks are. In fact, a lot of people only want to play videogames that present them with tasks that "offer a nice challenge."

A job is a thing that asks you to do a series of tasks in order to meet arbitrary goals that were established by someone else. Jobs are things that most of us will only do if we get paid, regardless of how easy the tasks are. In fact, a lot of people with jobs that present them with tasks that "aren't challenging enough." 

Where does the line between job end and videogame begin? What makes a game, or a job, "nicely challenging?" These are some of the the questions I was left asking myself after my time with Yoot Saito's Aero Porter.

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10:15 AM on 02.04.2013

Ni no Kuni is #1 in the UK, sold out in many shops

I guess a lot of grown-up "mature" gamers, who complained that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was too "kiddy," were blowing smoke out their asses and bought the Level-5 RPG anyway. According to GfK Chart-Track's UK Top ...

Tony Ponce

5:55 PM on 01.25.2013

Namco Bandai responds to Ni no Kuni LE order issues

Namco Bandai handed Destructoid an official statement on the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard's Edition order issue we've been following these past few days. It is as follows: Namco Bandai Games America ...

Dale North

3:15 PM on 01.25.2013

Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition orders issues abound [update]

[Update: As you can see from our comments section below, this has been a messy issue. It got nasty when word got out that one buyer got over 200 copies and is now selling them on eBay. Disgusting. Thanks to our readers for in...

Dale North

7:30 PM on 01.23.2013

I helped a girl take a piss in Ni No Kuni

It wouldn't be fair to say that Ni No Kuni has a specific urination quest. It's more of a side story or side effect of a larger task, if you will.  Nevertheless, when I came upon this girl who needed to whiz, I immediate...

Niero Gonzalez



C'mon, Level-5! Localize Ni no Kuni DS already! photo
C'mon, Level-5! Localize Ni no Kuni DS already!
by Tony Ponce

Tomorrow, January 22, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally arrives on US shelves. The PlayStation 3 role-playing game is a collaboration between developer Level-5, and animation house Studio Ghibli -- two companies that are among the most consistent in their medium in terms of quality. Any joint effort from these two powerhouses demands attention.

I demoed Wrath of the White Witch at E3 and came away quite tickled. Jim Sterling certainly had a ball based on our official review. And Dale North... well... he's Dale North. After years of waiting, we should all feel happy and blessed that we are about to get our mitts on such a treasure.

But I'm not happy, guys.

Ni no Kuni PS3 may have made the journey overseas, but the DS original remains grounded in Japan. And there is zero reason for that. None.

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Review: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch photo
Review: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
by Jim Sterling

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch could have easily been called Japanese Role-Playing Games: The Official Videogame, for it plays out like an overview of the entire genre as much as it does a game in its own right. 

It has leveling. It has equipment. It has battles every few seconds. It has an overworld. It has a desert. It has towns. It has an arena. It has a casino. It has summon magic. It has an airship. It has side quests. It has bounty hunting. It has Pokémon. It has famous Japanese artists on the team. It has alchemy. If you can think of a common JRPG staple, there's a more than reasonable chance of Ni no Kuni boasting it in spades. 

If you're a fan of classic, time-consuming, grinding role-playing experiences, and you're not excited right now, you need to work on that. Ni no Kuni does more than ape the classics of the genre -- it works its ass off to be just as good.

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