A new IP is a tough sell; a new JRPG could be self-imposed financial suicide in the current atmosphere.
That didn't deter Level-5 and Studio Ghibli from giving us one of the highest rated (and most nostalgic) games of 2013 in Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch . Publisher Namco Bandai has announced that the charming JRPG endeavor that touched so many hearts this year has reached worldwide sales of about 1.4 million copies according to IGN.
We should note that this also includes the Japan-only title Ni No Kuni on 3DS. Still though, that is an admirable figure for a game in an increasingly niche genre. Perhaps it just goes to show that quality and giving genre fans what they want matters more than mass appeal.
Could this spark more entries in the franchise? I would sure like to see it so but I'm still waiting for more Dark Cloud and Rogue Galaxy while pondering what Level-5 might be working on for PS4.
Related Game(s): Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch