I am writing this blog post for the second time because I lost the first one, which was probably too long to start with! Anyway I wanted to write a post about Ni No Kuni – Wrath of the White Witch, which is an RPG for the PS3 created by Studio Ghibli, released in Japan in late 2011 and set to release in the US in January 2013 after being pushed back a few times. The graphics in this game look amazing from the still images I have seen, I have tried to remain relatively spoiler free on this game so I can really enjoy it when it is released next year.
I am a little bit familiar with the story after listening to a gaming podcast where one of the hosts talked briefly about the Japanese import version. The story is about a young boy whose mother saved him from drowning and subsequently died. The boy’s stuffed animal comes to life and they go on an adventure together. My understanding is that the Western release will be playable in both English and Japanese.
My main reason for writing this post, however, is to discuss something amazing Namco Bandai is doing right now with pre-orders. Through August 31, 2012 you can pre-order Ni No Kuni Wizards Edition on their site for $99.99 (after taxes is about $108.00) and it comes with a 300+ page hardcover magic book that is extremely useful in gameplay. It also comes with some DLC and a plush of the boy’s stuffed animal. My understanding is that the more pre-orders they receive during this limited time offering the more that comes bundled with this edition. Check it out at this site: Namco Bandai
I think I am going to jump on this after seeing the prices of the Zelda Skyward Sword Bundle (with golden Wii remote) skyrocket after it’s initial release. Anyone else planning on getting this?