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Studio Ghibli’s “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch” trailer

I know nothing of video games or Playstation… but this trailer for the just-released Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has me very intrigued.

Not sure if this is Ghibli’s first foray into video games, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that looks like the real deal (even the music is by Miyazaki stalwart Joe Hisaishi). I’d love to hear more about the game itself from those who’ve already played it.

  • Barking Bud
  • TimmiT

    Managed to get a copy even though it’s apparently hard to get here in the Netherlands. It’s a really good game.

  • Saturnom

    It’s their first video game in some way : there are two Ni no Kuni games, Wrath of the White Witch and The Jet-Black Mage and they were released at the same time two years ago I believe, but only the first one finally got here recently.

    I’d love to play it as I miss old fashioned story-driven video games, but I also miss when I had the time to play 30-hours+ games.

    From what I see the transitions between the beautiful cutscenes and the playable parts aren’t a pretty sight, though.

  • RotnG

    I picked this up day one even though I’ve never been a fan of RPGs. The 3D rendered world is gorgeous, but the Ghibli-animated cut scenes are very few and far between, which is a shame. Most of the story seems to be delivered through text bubbles so far.

  • Abby

    First reaction to hearing about this: So what, it’s an anime video game. I’m not big on anime. So what’s the big deal?

    Reaction to hearing about Studio Ghibli making this: THIS IS A BIG DEAL, GOTTA BUY IT NOW!!

  • Yubi

    Studio Ghibli has done some work for PS2’s Magic Pengel. Really cute stuff! Ni no Kuni is gorgeous.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Wait…This was a trailer for a video game? I honestly thought this was for an actual movie based upon a video game… That explains the random 3D images here and there…

  • Ryan McIver

    There are some amazing and personal moments of animation in this game. From the way the main character has a different gait when going down stairs, the shivering and feet stamping when entering a winter climate, to the simple joy of jumping like an eleven year old. I’m in love with this game.


  • Jenovasilver

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Everything about the game is whimsy, from the art to the music to the puns…it’s a blast and its a game a alot of heart, every now and then you’ll get a cutscene of sublime Ghibli animation that leaves your jaw on the floor. I’m 40 hours in and I don’t want it to stop. There’s no crappy moe/pantyshot/angsty garbage that has flooded Anime in the past decade or so, just sweet Ghibli magic and heart. It’s not a perfect game by any means but it’s literally the perfect marriage of video games and an animation studio. I can’t stop gushing about this game, it’s stolen my heart!

  • Carina

    I purchased and played the DS version of this game two years ago in Japan. From the looks of it, the plot is very similar in the PS3 game. It was a wonderful game – the sort that really gets you involved and hooks you in so that you pretty much end up using up all your spare time on it until you can finally finish it. (can’t say that about many games recently) The DS version comes with a beautifully illustrated hard-back “magic book” that requires that you look up specific spells and potions, as well as read up on stories in the games’ mythology and consult maps in order to solve puzzles related to them in the game. It was invented as sort of a gimmick to try to prevent piracy, but actually turned out to be a really neat feature in my opinion.

    • Ronnie

      That sort of gimmick’s not unique- it was in wide use in the days of classic Floppy adventure games. Star Trek had a few games that did that, as did Monkey Island 2 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (It had a physical grail diary you had to look in to make the right .determination in the end.)

      • wallyballou

        Infocom games had something similar. In every case, the physical component was included to make it harder to pirate the game. Just uploading and downloading the program bits wouldn’t do it.

  • Nik

    There is a multi-part Walkthrough of the PS3 version of the game on Youtube. If you want to skip around and watch different parts of the game, look at the rest of the User’s uploaded videos. Here is a link to the first Walkthrough video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao4lTCwvI1o

    It looks like a number of Studio Ghibli artists and animators worked on this game and Joe Hisaishi’s music is wonderful. Basically, you get to watch mini-movies by Ghibli interspersed with game-playing in a magical Ghibli universe. What’s not to like? The game looks great for kids and I eventually plan to buy a PS3 just for this game.

  • jmahon

    I will say this for those wary the 3D and game parts won’t live up to the animated parts: The game excels at making the rest of the game mimic the animated parts from Ghibli. The backgrounds and cel-shaded 3D look wonderful and are very faithful, as much as possible, to the animation. Of course, it’s mocap, and loses a lot of heart and soul because of it, but it’s to be expected. The entire game feels like you’re playing an animated movie- which is how they wanted it to be, I assume. They definitely do not pull any stops recreating a lush environment. I haven’t finished the game yet, but this is my impression so far.