Last month, at the 2011 Tokyo Game Show, Level-5 shocked the world by announcing the PS3 version of Ni no Kuni would be released outside of Japan. No specific details were given, just that the console version of the Level-5 and Studio Ghibli collaboration was going to be translated into English and shared with the world. There wasn’t even an English trailer, release window or information on which company would be publishing it.
Now, we know. Namco Bandai, probably the unlikeliest option, is partially responsible for the good news. It will be bringing Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, with it’s built-in, virtual spellbook, to our consoles. It has also confirmed that the game will be released in 2012. Apparently, the company’s also quite excited about it, as some of its officials have talked about what a big addition it will be to the company’s 2012 game lineup and how happy they are to be releasing it overseas. That could just be standard PR talk, but Ni no Kuni looks so awesome that I’d like to pretend it’s genuine excitement.
So, in short, Level-5 and Namco Bandai are teaming up to bring everyone in North America and Europe Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch in 2012. Go back to squealing with delight and hoping it comes her sooner, rather than later.
Of course this also makes things a bit difficult for gamers. I mean, we’re used to Namco Bandai ignoring promising JRPGs. Look how long it’s held back its own Tales series. And now, we’re getting Tales of Graces on the PS3 in English, Tales of the Abyss for our 3DS and Ni no Kuni for our PS3s! The next thing you know, the company will do an English release of Idolmaster 2 (PS3, Xbox 360) that retains the Japanese voice acting. Actually, that would be pretty awesome!