Thursday, April 26, 2012

English 'Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch' Trailer is Here!

Finally, after years of waiting for an English trailer to the Level-5 video game 'Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch,' the intolerable delay is over. As suspected from previous Japanese trailers, the premise to the Studio Ghibli rendered game appears somewhat similar to classic children stories like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in which a child finds him or herself mixed up in an otherworldly adventure with plenty of wondrous magic and fantastical beasts. Here is the most recent trailer:

Looks like Level-5 pushed back the US release of 'Ni No Kuni' once more from winter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. I'm slightly saddened by this since it seemed like a such a wonderful Christmas gift (for me and many others). But as long as Level-5 works out all the devious bugs in the gameplay and records prime voice-casting, I am more than delighted to adjust my calendar. Certainly this first English trailer proves the wait is worthwhile. 

Also noted recently, Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard reported a possible 'Ni No Kuni' sequel in the works. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino apparently "wishes to continue with the series, but it depends on how well the game performs overseas." My advice to anyone who wishes for a sequel based on the above trailer: begin spreading the word. Post the video on your facebook, send the url on your phone, share pictures on tumblur. Basically do anything you can to gain interest in the game, and slowly yet surely a fan base will begin to gobble up this delight. If we start early, we have a chance. Who wouldn't want Studio Ghibli involved with another video game?

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