Fellow role-playing fans, we must come together in this time of need, in the face of a potential injustice.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launches in North America on January 22 and I've just realized that it's in a perfect position to be lost into the black abyss of nothingness.
Not only has the popular RPG trend focused squarely on Western trends and styles this generation (due in part to a decline in general quality of my beloved Japanese RPGs), but the timing for Level-5's latest could be problematic. It's always tough to make a sale in January; the post-holiday doldrums hit just about everyone who goes nuts with the spending during the Christmas months. On top of which, the competition may be a whole lot stiffer than we thought.
The Devil May Cry reboot comes out the week before, and that's hardly the only big title hitting in the first quarter of 2013. Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider are also slated to drop during the first three months, along with a host of other promising titles, most all of which are primed to appeal to a wider audience than Ni no Kuni . Worse, high review scores probably won't save it, as it's still only catering to that niche demographic, which seems to be getting smaller with every passing year.
Then again, maybe that's a good thing…maybe the small, loyal JRPG fan base will save it, if only because it's the only title they really want during that three-month span. How often do we even see anything like Wrath of the White Witch anymore? So that's a good thought. But I still think everyone should just band together and make fan sites, yell it from the rooftops, and in general, just make anybody who's even remotely interested aware that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launches on January 22. Don't forget, damnit.
Related Game(s): Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch