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Ni no Kuni Gets More Specific Release Date for North America

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Posted on February 15, 2012 AT 05:48pm

THE BUZZ: Level-5′s beautiful PlayStation 3 RPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is coming to North America—and Namco Bandai has now given it a more specific release date.

EGM’s TAKE: First, a quick recap.

Ni no Kuni might not be a name you’re instantly familiar with, but when the game was first announced in Japan, it was a pretty big deal. The project came as a partnership between Level-5—one of the current darlings of the Japanese video game market—and Studio Ghibli, the renowned anime studio know for movies such as My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

Interestingly, this new RPG was announced for a somewhat strange combination of platforms: the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo DS. The DS version was first to hit, and due to the vast amount of text that would need translation—in part due to an included “spellbook” that played as a companion to the game)—many believed it would never see Western release. That concern then transferred over to the PS3 version, which promised an expanded Ni no Kuni experience both storyline-wise and graphically.

In October of last month, Namco Bandai announced that it would be coming to our shores in 2012—at some unknown point in 2012. Today, Destructoid got word from the publisher that the game will be coming to us in “winter 2012″.

So, basically, the end of the year—but hey, at least we now know better when to expect it!

 

Source: Destructoid

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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