Ni no Kuni is an absolutely gorgeous JRPG from Level-5 and Studio Ghibli that’s coming to North America and Europe early next year. Europe gets it January 25, 2013, while those of us in the states get it January 22, 2013. I played it E3 2012 and was absolutely stunned. It’s gorgeous and a very good thing that Namco Bandai picked it up. Unfortunately for those of us in North America, the European limited edition might just be the one to get. That image at the right is the illustrious Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition.
On the surface, the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition seems really basic. You get the game, Golden Mite and Golden Drongo DLC that gives Oliver two new familiars, a stuffed Drippy toy and The Wizard’s Companion. It seems pretty basic for a collector’s edition, but the book is what really shines here. See, that book is a crucial part of gameplay in Ni no Kuni.
Ni no Kuni can’t be played without The Wizard’s Companion. It’s how Oliver finds and learns new spells and provides helpful information about the world. It came packed-in with the DS game. Level-5 digitally inserted The Wizard’s Companion into the PS3 version of the game. People who don’t like consulting a digital book every few seconds will definitely appreciate having the 300 page book right in front of them.
So as you can see, the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition is pretty darn awesome. Let’s hope Namco Bandai decides to release it in North America too!
Update: North America is also getting the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition. It will be $99.99 and available through Namco Bandai’s online store