Level-5’s Role-Playing Game Masterpiece Combines Great Storytelling and Gameplay with the Artistry of Studio Ghibli and Musical talents of Joe Hisaishi to Create an Unparalleled Gaming Experience
SAN JOSE, Calif., (January 22, 2013) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ has shipped to retailers in North America and Latin America, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. This epic tale of a boy named Oliver crossing two realities on a quest to save his mother combines the talents of three of Japan’s most respected entertainment entities, LEVEL-5, Studio Ghibli, and Joe Hisaishi, to create what will be one of 2013’s most enchanting and unique video gaming experiences.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is developed by LEVEL-5, the studio behind the smash hits Dragon Quest VIII, Dragon Quest IX, and the Professor Layton series. LEVEL-5 collaborated with the legendary Studio Ghibli to create the cinematic cut-scenes in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Studio Ghibli is world renowned for creating memorable anime masterpieces including My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. The in-game music was composed by Joe Hisaishi, famed composer of musical scores for over 100 films including many of Studio Ghibli’s greatest productions, and was performed by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the culmination of work from three of the most prolific and talented parties in Japanese entertainment today. Level-5, Studio Ghibli, and Joe Hisaishi have all contributed their key talents to create a truly enthralling and fantastic game,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “The visual magic, storytelling prowess, and memorable score in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will surely capture the hearts of PlayStation 3 gamers and leave them with lasting gameplay memories for years to come.”
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit this new world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Little does Oliver know but he was predestined to save this parallel world from the grasps of an evil power that will stop at nothing to thwart his quest to save his mother.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available now; exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system inNorth America and Latin America with both English and Japanese voiceovers included. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available for purchase at video game retailers nationwide for a MSRP of $59.99 for the packaged version or $54.99 for the digital version available via download on the PlayStation Network. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch carries an ESRB rating of ”E10+” for Everyone 10+.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ demo available on the Sony PlayStation®Network on December 4th in North America and on December 5th in Europe.
NAMCO BANDAI Games and LEVEL-5 today announce that the demo of the highly anticipated JRPG Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ will be available on the Sony PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on December 4th in North America and on December 5th in Europe. You will be able to play through two different levels of the game where you can test your mettle against a couple of the game's most infamous bosses: Guardian of the Woods and Moltaan.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an epic Japanese role-playing-game developed by the critically acclaimed Japanese development studio, LEVEL-5. The game features animations and cut-scenes that are produced and supervised by the legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli. The music in the game was composed by the world-renowned music composer Joe Hisaishi. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into another world to become a wizard in an attempt to save his mother. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and tames many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available for purchase at the PlayStation®Store and at videogame retailers in North America on January 22nd 2013 and in Europe on January 25th 2013.
Ni no Kuni is one of the 5 games selected for their "Five Under the Radar Games worth Watching" feature and is featured in the magazine with 8 pages dedicated to Ni no Kuni.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. Thank Fans for Their Support of Ninostarter by Including a Bonus Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ Special Music Selection CD in Every Copy of the Wizard’s Edition in North America
Ninostarter was created to allow gamers to have a direct effect on what is included in the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ - Wizard’s Edition. The program was originally slated to end on August 31st, but in celebration of this weekend’s Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. will be extending the Ninostarter program through the weekend, ending September 3rd. This will be the last opportunity for JRPG fans in North America to secure their copy of the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. would like to further thank fans for their support of Ninostarter by including a bonus Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch music CD in every copy of the Wizard’s Edition in North America. This music CD contains a couple of complete orchestral music tracks from the game, hand-picked to show the range and emotion of the beautiful music composed by famed composer Joe Hisaishi.
Wizard’s Edition Pre-order Window Comes to an End on August 31st in North America
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is giving JRPG fans the opportunity to add additional bonus items to the recently announced Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ – Wizard’s Edition through a program called NinoStarter!
NinoStarter is an exclusive North American crowd sourcing initiative where NAMCO BANDAI Games America will harness the enthusiasm of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch fans to unlock additional items that will be included in the North American Wizard’s Edition when the game ships on January 22, 2013.
NinoStarter works by tracking the number of Wizard’s Edition preorders being placed exclusively on www.clubNamco.com; as Wizard’s Edition pre-order numbers rise, additional Wizard’s Edition items will be unlocked when pre-established levels of preorders are reached. Fans will have to act fast to unlock additional items in the Wizard’s Edition as clubNamco.com will stop taking pre-orders for the Wizard’s Edition on August 31, 2012 in North America.
The Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition will include a 300+ page hardback physical copy of the Wizard’s Companion, the spellbook Oliver uses throughout his journey in the game. The full-color Wizard’s Companion contains a bestiary of all the creatures found in the game along with in-depth item descriptions, spells and history of the other world. The limited-run Wizard’s Edition will also contain a plush doll of Drippy, Oliver’s guide through his adventures, as well as exclusive “golden mite” and “golden drongo” DLC familiars. The Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition has a MSRP of $99.99 and is available for pre-order now, exclusively at www.clubNAMCO.com for a limited time.
Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch came home from E3 2012 with awards and nominations from 12 media outlets and judges panels, winning BEST RPG from Gametrailers.com and GamingXP, as well as BEST GRAPHICS – ARTISTIC from GamingExcellence.com.
NAMCO NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ will have a Winter 2012 release in North America exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. This epic tale of a boy crossing two realities on a quest to find his mother brings together two of Japan’s most respected entertainment companies, LEVEL-5 and Studio Ghibli, to create an RPG for the ages.