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5:30 PM on 01.22.2013

Live show: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

[Mash Tactics airs Monday through Friday at 4p.m. Pacific on Dtoid.TV. Watch King Foom play a variety of games, each day with its own theme. With a heavy focus on community and viewer interaction, you can be as m...

Rick KingFoom Olson



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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New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last photo
New releases: Ni no Kuni arrives at last
by Fraser Brown

It's Monday, and that can only mean one thing: it's the beginning of another week of new releases!

And what a great week it is, most notably containing the release of the long awaited Ni no Kuni, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's sumptuous RPG. Jim's review is now live, and it sounds like an absolutely delightful, if traditional JRPG. Just what the doctor (if I can find my fake medical license) ordered.

In addition, we've got Ron Gilbert and Double Fine's inventive underground adventure, The Cave; the TrackMania-style FPS, ShootMania Storm; Strike Suit Zero, a space combat sim inspired by Colony Wars and Freespace; Croixleura hack-and-slash brawler for PC; an alien-slaying FPS for the Vita, Gun Commando; and a whole bunch more arriving this week.

Blimey, that's a lot of gaming. Anything tickling your fancy?    

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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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7:30 PM on 01.19.2013

Ni no Kuni arrives on PSN next week as a digital release

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is almost finally here. The long-awaited game may be arriving exclusively on PlayStation 3 next week, but that doesn't mean players won't have a choice of where to grab it. The PlaySt...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 01.09.2013

Behind the music of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Now that Ni no Kuni is just weeks away from release, Level-5 is back with the third in its series of behind-the-scenes developer diaries. This time around they've sat down with composer Joe Hisaishi to discuss the ...

Kyle MacGregor





12:00 PM on 01.08.2013

Ni no Kuni hit with week-long delay in Europe

One of the year's first big games, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, has been pushed back a week in Europe and Australasia due to logistical reasons. Originally scheduled to release on January 25, 2013, Level-5's lovely R...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 12.25.2012

Check out several sites and companies' Christmas cards

Every year, game companies and other game sites like to send out holiday cards to their various contacts -- not that out of the ordinary. Sometimes these cards are your basic season's greetings, but other times they go above ...

Tony Ponce

9:00 PM on 12.19.2012

Ni no Kuni dev endeavors for games to transcend film

It appears that Level-5 has some pretty lofty aspirations with Ni no Kuni. In this follow-up to the title's initial developer diary, Animation Director Yoshiuki Momose discusses the collaborative effort behind...

Kyle MacGregor

6:30 PM on 12.06.2012

Go behind the scenes of Ni no Kuni at Level-5's HQ

Level-5 and Namco Bandai have a new behind-the-scenes video covering development on Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which shows off the former's lovely office. This doesn't get as in-depth as you might like, but it is ...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 12.05.2012

The DTOID Show: Hitman, Tomb Raider & Writer Rumble!

Okay, secret confession -- today's Destructoid Show was actually shot yesterday. Because today, we have to go on a field trip to preview a bunch of games. If the news seems a little less fresh than usual, that's probably why....

Max Scoville

1:00 PM on 12.03.2012

Ni no Kuni gets a demo on December 4

Upcoming Namco Bandai and Level-5 game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch gets a PlayStation Network demo this week, December 4. Europe follows with the same demo dropping on December 5.  The demo takes you through two...

Dale North



TGS: Level-5 discuss its partnership with Studio Ghibli photo
TGS: Level-5 discuss its partnership with Studio Ghibli
by Allistair Pinsof

Despite being one of the biggest influences on Japanese game development, we are only now getting a videogame out of Studio Ghibli. I am grateful that Ghibli chose to partner with Level-5, but I am also curious as to why and why now.

Ni no Kuni raises a lot of questions about how the partnership formed, how the two worked together, and whether we’ll see more games out of Ghibli in the future. I was given the rare opportunity to sit down with the directors of Ni no Kuni while at TGS. They were willing to shed some light on this unlikely partnership and where it may lead next.

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gamescom: Charming, challenging new Ni no Kuni gameplay  photo
gamescom: Charming, challenging new Ni no Kuni gameplay
by Dale North

It's been a long, hard wait for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, hasn't it?

I first saw and played the game at Tokyo Game Show 2011, where I promptly fell in love it it. We were a bit iffy on whether it would be localized or not, but Namco Bandai gave us good news in early 2012, saying that we'd see a North American release before year's end. But they pushed it back to 2013 a few months later. 

I had been dying to play a bit more of the game over this long period. When we finally got our hands on localized preview code, I was a bit disappointed to see that it was the exact same thing I played in Tokyo a year before, only now in English. Still, it was lovely

Unfortunately, every time we've had an opportunity to see this game again since then, it's been the same localized TGS 2011 demo. But that finally changed with a new gamescom build. Finally!

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9:00 PM on 07.19.2012

Ni no Kuni 'Ninostarter' adds extras to Wizard's Edition

Taking a page from the success of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Namco Bandai is going to expand the scope of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch - Wizard's Edition for the United States based on the number of pre-...

Jordan Devore

11:15 PM on 07.02.2012

The DTOID Show: Assassin's Creed, Gaikai, Ni No Kuni

Hey guys! Tara and I are back from the scorched wasteland of Southern California, where we were for VidCon. I'd like to thank you guys for putting up for Friday's canned rehash episode. I promise we don't do any more of thos...

Max Scoville