'Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch' Perfectly Blends Anime And Gaming

January 23, 2013

Video games allow players to venture into entirely new worlds, and experience the unimaginable, but, after a while, most games end up looking the same. Every now and then a game comes along that offers an entirely new perspective on what a interactive entertainment can look and feel like. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is one of those games. In Namco Bandai's latest game art, animation, gameplay, and story all combine to create a truly unforgettable experience for RPG fans.

Developer: Level-5, Studio Ghibli
Publisher: Namco Bandai
As a collaboration between the highly respective game developer, Level-5, and one of the world's most renowned animation houses, Studio Ghibli, the bar is set exceptionally high for Ni no Kuni. While their reputations may speak for themselves, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli have held nothing back and together have created one of the most memorable games of this console generation.

Ni no Kuni is the wonderful tale of a boy trying to save his mother. After her untimely death, Oliver, a young boy who lives in Motorville, awakens a mysterious creature from one of his stuffed animals. Drippy, a fairy from another world, helps Oliver discover his hidden magical potential and suggest that he might be able to save his Mom by returning to his world. With his new found skills, wand and book, Oliver and Drippy venture off to try and alter his mother's doomed fate, and save Ni no Kuni from the Dark Djinn Shadar.

While the game plays and progresses like a standard JRPG, with a variation on turn-based/action-driven combat, Ni no Kuni looks like an animated movie that's come to life. The colors are vibrant, the characters look hand-drawn, and the world that Ghibli has created is something entire special unto itself. This game is an extension of what both Level-5 and Studio Ghibli do best, make great RPGs and create amazing animated stories respectively.

Exclusively on your PlayStation 3. Japan was lucky enough to also see a DS release of the game, but there are currently no plans for a handheld release stateside.

A game like Ni no Kuni comes along only once every few years. The Japanese RPG market tends to usually be resistant to most types of change, and have been churning out variations of the same fantasy games for years. While Ni no Kuni is a fantastical journey, it's guaranteed to be unlike any game that you've ever played before, and more like some of the classic movies that have come out of Studio Ghibli. Even if you have an aversion to most standard RPGs, Ni no Kuni should be able to win you over with its anime-style animations, and truly endearing story. Oliver and his friends will take you on a ride through an alternate world that you'll likely never forget.