Studio Ghibli, the animation company behind indefatigable classics like Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service, makes cartoons that are beautiful. Level 5, the video game studio behind Professor Layton and Dragon Quest VIII, makes video games that are beautiful. Together these two companies made Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a role-playing game about a boy who falls into a fantasy world after the sudden death of his mother. Unsurprisingly, it’s a beautiful thing.
Ni no Kuni for PlayStation 3 won’t be out in the United States until 2013, but the game has been available in Japan since last November. It’s actually getting a re-release there this July in the form of Ni no Kuni All-in-One Edition. Not just a budget release, All-in-One includes all of the previously released downloadable content for the game, new monsters to team up with your party created by GREE (a Japanese social game developer), and an easy mode for breezing through the game.
The best news? All of the content in this version will be included with the U.S. version. Speaking with Digital Trends on Tuesday, a Namco representative said, “The Western release of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will include all content found in the newly announced Ni no Kuni: All-in-One Edition for Japan.”
It almost makes the wait more bearable. Almost. Not really.