Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni Out Now

After some delays in its western release, Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s RPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is now available on PlayStation 3.

The story follows Oliver, a young boy who travels to a parallel world to become a magician in the hopes that he can bring his mother back from the dead. Along with a decidedly Welsh companion, Drippy, Oliver tames many beasts that help him to defeat the formidable foes of this other world – all wonderfully realised in the typical Ghibli art style.

Ni No Kuni European release pushed back to 1 February

Namco Bandai UK has announced that the European and Australasian release of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli’s game Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been delayed until the 1 February.

The company has said the change is due to logistical delays beyond its control; however, as an apology for this delay, the game will come with a free download of a new ‘Draggle’ familiar character.

Namco Bandai has also recently released another behind the scenes feature of Ni No Kuni that looks at the music of Joe Hisaishi, the composer of many Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

Another Ni No Kuni Behind the Scenes Video Looks at Studio Ghibli’s Art

Namco Bandai Games’ European division have released another behind the scenes look at the PS3 release Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In this video, the Director of Animation at Studio Ghibli Yoshiyuki Momose, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino and the animation production staff who worked on the RPG discuss Studio Ghibli’s animation for the game, and how they approached Ghibli’s art style and the gameplay.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in America on 22 January 2013 and Europe will receive the game on 25 January.

To watch the first production video about Level-5 click here.

A Look Behind the Scenes of Studio Ghibli’s Game Ni No Kuni

With the long-awaited western release of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch approaching, the folks at Namco Bandai Games’ European studios have released a behind the scenes look of Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s RPG.

In the video, Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino and game director Ken Motomura discuss the company’s history and interpretation of the Japanese videogame industry, as well as discussing the game itself.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available in America on 22 January 2013 and Europe will receive the game on 25 January.

New Trailer for Studio Ghibli Animated Game “Ni no Kuni”

The trailer that was originally given an early showing at Germany’s GamesCon trade show is now available to watch online. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been co-developed by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. This is the first videogame developed by Studio Ghibli and the trailer shows the influence of the great characterisation and story that Ghibli are famed for. 

Ni no Kuni is a tale about a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, he meets new friends and tames many creatures in this other world; these creatures help him to battle formidable enemies. 

This RPG will be available on PS3 and will include both English and Japanese voice tracks. Standard and special “Wizard” editions of the game will be available in the UK on the 25 January 2013.