The creator of awesome animated films including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo is making a move into video games with the upcoming title, Ni no Kuni.
Ni no Kuni tells the story of a boy named Oliver, who travels to a parallel universe to search for a way to revive his mother. The boy is accompanied by a fairy named Shizuku, who gives him a spell book with which Oliver can use enchantments to battle enemies.
There are two versions of the game in development, one for the Nintendo DS and another for the PS3. The PS3 version will feature the characteristic visual style of Studio Ghibli’s productions, so that alone should be worth a look.
I’ve always liked the look of Ghibli’s and Miyazaki’s movies. Even though their visual style might not be on the cutting edge of technology, I’ve rarely seen characters with such fluid and beautiful animation. The color palette always brings to life the impressive worlds they create and their stories are always fun and interesting.
Ni no Kuni is being developed in conjunction with Level 5. The DS version will be available December 2010 and we’ll have to wait until next year (2011) to get the PS3 version.