Earlier this year we learned that one of the most anticipated JRPGs of the generation wouldn't hit North American shelves until early 2013.

But with the release of a new trailer (see it below), we've allowed ourselves to get a little more excited: We've got a fresh release date, and it is indeed in "early 2013;" Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is slated to launch in North America on January 22 of next year. As you might've guessed, the UK date is three days later.

This new video also presents us with more of the English voice acting but if you prefer, you can always select the original Japanese voices instead. Many veteran JRPG fans are hoping that Level-5 can deliver an experience they've been missing from Final Fantasy , one that reminds them more of the good ol' days back in the '90s. You know, when JRPGs kinda ruled big time on the PS1.

Related Game(s): Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

Can't explain why, but there's something about this game I find really compelling.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

The trailer warmed my heart. I really love studio gibli and level 5 sooooo I can't not buy this.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

The fact that it's pretty close to a traditional JRPG is enough for me.

mehrab2603
mehrab2603
8 years ago

All Ghibli work has a certain charm about them. This game is no different. They are like the Disney of anime, only better. The moment I heard Ghibli was working on the story, I was sold.

tes37
tes37
8 years ago

I love the art style in this game. It looks like a playable cartoon. We don't get very many of those.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

Eternal Sonata was like that too. Great graphics presentation.

mehrab2603
mehrab2603
8 years ago

Check out Valkyria Chronicles too. I love these games with artistic visual style.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

"Many veteran JRPG fans are hoping that Level-5 can deliver an experience they've been missing from Final Fantasy, one that reminds them more of the good ol' days back in the '90s. You know, when JRPGs kinda ruled big time on the PS1"

Which shouldn't be hard for them to do considering they made one of the best JRPG's on the PS2. Dragon Quest VIII.


Last edited by Jawknee on 6/2/2012 11:08:48 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

DQVIII. 125 hours. Didn't regret a second of it.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Yeah I put something like 100 hours into DQ8 as well. Easily my favourite JRPG of all time. As for this game, I smile every time I see it.

Is it sad that the biggest selling point for me is a traditional world map -_-;


Last edited by xenris on 6/2/2012 12:07:18 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

Ya DQ8 was/is amazing. I remember after putting in 30+hrs I left the first continent and was like WOW this game is huge.

Wrote
Wrote
8 years ago

I have such high hopes for this game. I havent played many l5 games, I think my first was dq8. Dq8 was absolutely my favorite ps2 game, put in 100+ hours on both of my playthroughs. Ni no kuni seems a lot like dq8 and thats partially why im so interested in it. It also has a pokemon esqe feel to it to, which should work great.

People really need to support this game, maybe then we'll see many more big budget jrpgs. I hope it sales well, considering ghibli has quite the fan following.

~wrote

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

Ni No Kuni looks fantastic.. It looks to be a much better game than L5 WKC. I hope NI will be successful and maybe L5 will make into a series.

Cole
Cole
8 years ago

Good shot. And since January tends to be a slow month for new game releases, this baby will be getting my undivided attention.

SuMtOnE
SuMtOnE
8 years ago

amazing trailer. wish they would show a battle scene as well…

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
8 years ago

*Sigh* I heard this news yesterday and am very, very disappointed by it. I refuse to postpone my trip, and it begins just one day before the release of Ni No Kuni. It's a ridiculous predicament, but whatever. It happens.

Awesome trailer too.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

Do want! I cant wait! 😀

MrAnonymity
MrAnonymity
8 years ago

I guess I'm just not over my head enough in epic games. Well… *continues digging* … I'll gladly add this to the list…

Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

oh yeah baby .JAPANESE VOICES but too late for release.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
8 years ago

Cool stuff, eh!

Quote by PSlifestyle

"This is not a game for kids. There’s a difference in being made for children and being enjoyable by children. Care Bears and iCarly are made for children; Spirited Away and Nausicaa can be enjoyed by children. The latter two, however, are far more than just “kids movies.” Ni no Kuni a game you can play with your kids in the room, yes, but the script is so brilliantly written, the game systems are everything JRPG fans have been wanting, and there is some real challenge here. Are you one of the million net nerds complaining about that certain special flavor that Final Fantasy has lost? Then Ni no Kuni is the pill for your ill, and if you pass it up, you waive your right to complain about the RPG genre."

Absolutely spot on.

This will be SquareSoft 2012….No, wait, this'll be Level 5 2012 😉


Last edited by Lotusflow3r on 6/3/2012 5:57:55 PM

ProfPlayStation
ProfPlayStation
8 years ago

Will buy this Day 1. Love Level-5, love Ghibli, love single-player offline. Can't not love this!

(still sad for no Rogue Galaxy 2)

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Not this gamer, once bitten twice shy.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

After the way that D3 (part of Namco – who are publishing this game) have treated WKC2 players with L5's tacit approval; Level 5 can take a flying jump, as can Namco and D3. D3 is quite easily the single worst game publisher in the industry, bar none.