Ni no Kuni is the PlayStation 3 game developed by both Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. This is the gorgeous project we covered a few weeks back. It was then that I suggested that this game needed a worldwide release.
Well, good news, Ni no Kuni is officially going to get localization for the Western World. Let’s pretend my suggestion actually had something to do with this decision … please?
Sony held its SCEA conference near the Tokyo Game Show convention today, September 16th, in order to discuss current and future plans for the company and its offerings. It was there that Level-5 President Akihiro Hino announced that Ni no Kuni for the PlayStation 3 is currently being worked on in English and will be released in the States in early 2012.
There are currently two different versions of Ni no Kuni. The first is the Nintendo DS game, which shipped in December of last year in Japan. The second is the PS3 version releasing in the same country this November. While the games share the same story setting and opening moments, the PlayStation 3 edition will pick up in the middle of the tale from a different perspective.
The DS game’s subtitle, 漆黒の魔導士, translates to “the Jet-black Mage,” while the PS3 game’s subtitle, 白き聖灰の女王, translates to “the Queen of White Sacred Ash.” No doubt those opposing central figures will play a key role in how the games’ stories unfold.
It’s worth noting that the DS version of Ni no Kuni scored a 38 out of 40 with famous Japanese gaming magazine, Famitsu. Followers of that mag and the gaming industry in general will recognize that a 38 is an exceptionally high marker for the publication. Up until today, only 15 games have ever received a perfect score since the magazine’s 1986 inception.
Be sure to check out the trailer made from in-game footage above. Maybe you’ll get an idea of what the fuss is all about.