I was very much surprised to open my emails this afternoon to find an e-mail from EB Games promoting the upcoming Namco Bandai Partners release of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. In Australia, both the standard edition and Wizard’s Edition will be available for purchase – the special edition of course being considerably more pricey than the game alone.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a heart-warming tale of a young boy called Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a magician in an attempt to bring back his recently-deceased mother. Along the way Oliver encounters many new friends who help him learn and grow. He can also befriend the wonderful creatures that inhabit this parallel universe, turning them into pets that Oliver can raise and collect a whole menagerie of. Why, he can even use these critters to battle other creatures on his behalf! Join Oliver as he explores the vast new world and faces a variety of formidable enemies.
In the game, the beauty of Studio Ghibli’s hand-drawn animation has been perfectly reproduced, with the cel-shaded graphics engine producing stunning real-time animations of a quality normally only seen in their industry-leading feature films. In addition, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PlayStation®3 brings a wealth of new content to the Ni no Kuni universe, with an additional cast of mysterious characters to meet, new areas to explore, and a whole different perspective on the involving story.
The standard edition of the game, which is just the game alone will set you back $88.00 AUD, $10 more than the upcoming Limited Edition release of Tales of Graces F. For those of you who are eagerly anticipating this release and would like to get your hands on the best release of the game which includes a 300+ hardback physical copy of The Wizard’s Companion which Oliver uses during his journey, a plush doll of Drippy and exclusive DLC familiars, you will be set back $148.00.
There is currently no confirmed Australian release date, other than it will likely be in line with the games European releases. Prices may change between now and launch.