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  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Announced [Trailer Added]

    During today's PlayStation Experience keynote, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli announced Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom. The first Ni No Kuni, which released in 2013, shipped over a million units. The plot seems to include a traveler from our world visiting a Kingdom in turmoil. The lead character, Evan... More
  • Blog Post: Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There Could Be Its Last Film

    Studio Ghibli has a relationship with the video game industry, whether it's simply a matter of influence, or as is the case with Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch , a direct partnership. It's newest film, When Marnie Was There , is significant because there is a possibility it may be the studio's... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni Games Ship Over One Million Copies

    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and its Japan only DS counterpart, have surpassed the million mark in terms of copies shipped to retailers. The game, which was a collaboration between video game developer Level-5, publisher Namco Bandai, and Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, released on... More
  • Blog Post: Level-5 Talks Sales For Layton & Ni No Kuni

    Japanese publisher/developer Level-5 pulled back the curtain a little at its Vision press conference, announcing sales for the Professor Layton series and RPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Not surprisingly, the Layton series has sold very well through its multiple trilogies – to the tune... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni Developer Announces Three Smartphone Titles

    Level-5, developer of Professor Layton, Dark Cloud, and Ni No Kuni, is creating three new games for iOS and Android devices. The bad news? As of now, they’re releasing in Japan only. One game, Chikyu Kaimetsu teki B-kyo Kanojo, will be available in August. The other two, Wonder Flick and Majin... More
  • Blog Post: Level-5 Registers Three Ambiguous Trademarks

    Level-5, the developer behind games like Ni No Kuni and the Professor Layton series, has trademarked three ambiguous game titles: Wonderflick, Rare Drop Adventurer Note, and Earth Devastating B-rank Girlfriend. Level-5 is responsible for the Guild01 and upcoming Guild02 titles , and it's possible... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 2/22/13

    With a snowstorm covering Minnesota in white powder, it's a good weekend to stay in and play video games. Our editors will do just that this weekend, except for one who's tasked with moving. Ben Hanson : This weekend I might try playing Ni no Kuni for a while longer. I'm not hooked yet, but... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 02/15/13

    The weather in Minnesota is still chilling to the bone, so there will be a lot of gaming going on this weekend. Someone promises to finally continue Far Cry 3, while others will visit the frights of Dead Space 3 – as well as the frighteningly horrible Aliens: Colonial Marines. Ben Hanson : This... More
  • Blog Post: Free Ni No Kuni DLC Coming To PlayStation Store

    The PlayStation 3-exclusive Ni No Kuni came out last week, and if you've been loving the game (or even if you haven't ), you should check out the PlayStation Store on February 12 for a surprise. Publisher Namco Bandai has revealed that players can download the Draggle familiar, which was previously... More
  • Blog Post: Go Behind The Scenes Of Ni No Kuni's Development

    Level 5's CEO Akihiro Hino invites fans inside the famed studio's Fukuoka-based headquarters as he discusses the making of Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch. The first episode of Namco Bandai's look at the making of Ni No Kuni provides an office tour of Level 5 and discusses the studio's... More
  • Blog Post: Cover Reveal: Dead Island: Riptide, Fuse, Beyond, Metro: Last Light & Ni No Kuni

    For our August issue, we released five separate covers featuring games from our E3 Hot 50 list. Massive franchises like God of War, Splinter Cell, and Resident Evil graced those covers, but we're doing something a bit different for our November issue. You've heard all about upcoming blockbusters... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Gets A New Trailer For Gamescom

    Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch won't make it to North America until January. Until then, you can check out this new trailer. It has been available in Japan for quite some time. It's currently receiving the localization treatment, but the option will be available to play in Japanese with... More
  • Blog Post: Namco Incentivizes Ni No Kuni Special Edition

    Namco Bandai announced the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition will gain extra goodies as the pre-order number increases. Dubbed as "Ninostarter," a play off the recent Kickstarter craze, the initiative will see additional items added when pre-established levels... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch - Wizard’s Edition Announced

    Namco Bandai announced the Wizard's Edition for Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. This edition ships on January 22, 2013, the same day as the standard version. The Wizard's Edition includes a 300+ page book that contains a bestiary of all the creatures found in the game, item and spell descriptions... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Comes To North America In January

    Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch may have been pushed into 2013, but at least it hasn't been pushed very far. IGN recently posted a new trailer for the game, and at the end the date January 22, 2013 appears. Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Sequel A Possibility If US Release Is Successful

    Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said that he would like to continue with the series, but it depends on how well the game performs overseas. Some of Level-5's previous games, like Dark Could for the PlayStation 2, did reasonably well in Japan, but sold in the millions overseas. Hino is confident that Ni... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Gets An English Language Trailer

    Unfortunately, we learned today that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will not be making it's original 2012 release window. It has been pushed back to 2013 . Getting to see the game in English for the first time, however, almost makes up for the disappointing delay. You can check out the trailer... More
  • Blog Post: Ni No Kuni Coming In 2013

    As I so accurately predicted a few months ago, Ni No Kuni will be coming early next year. Namco Bandai confirmed the game will ship in both North America and Europe simultaneously in Q1 2013. The game will have language support for each territory. More
  • Blog Post: You Probably Won't See Ni No Kuni Until 2013

    Namco Bandai said today Ni No Kuni is coming to North America this Winter, but we'll probably be getting it early next year. You see, Winter 2012 actually begins in late December and ends sometime in March. It's entirely possible Namco could release the game in December during the holiday period... More
  • Blog Post: Call Of Duty More Popular Than Studio Ghibli RPG In Japan

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold 179,000 units on the PlayStation 3, while the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli RPG Ni No Kuni only sold 65,000 units. Studio Ghibli may not be immediately recognizable to most American gamers. Its closest American analogy is probably Pixar. Studio Ghibli has never... More
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