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Platform PS3 Publisher Namco Bandai Developer LEVEL-5 Release Date 2013-01-22

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch review: make believe

Wrath of the White Witch tells the story of a young boy named Oliver. His mother dies after an accident, and Oliver finds himself consumed by despair — until a doll in his room suddenly springs to life, revealing itself to be a fairy from another world. The strange creature recruits Oliver on an adventure to save his fantastical world from a djinn (i.e. evil spirit) who has driven apart the nations and people inhabiting it. The adventure's arc becomes predictable quickly. Oliver hasn't been in the new world for longer than a few hours before he is proclaimed its savior and taps into a deep reserve of magic powers. Without Studio Ghibli's beautiful art style and weird creature design, there wouldn't be much to motivate players in the by-the-numbers story. Whether it's a...

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Amazon Games team lists its top 10 of 2013

The folks on the Amazon Games team put together their top 10 games of 2013, and the online retailer is offering discounts on some of the honorees. It's a list with some eclectic choices and a few surprising rankings: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Super Mario 3D World Divekick Rayman Legends BioShock Infinite Grand Theft Auto 5 Tearaway The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Rogue Legacy The Last of Us The Amazon Games editors also detailed their process. First they listed approximately 40 nominees, then confined the list to "new complete games." Once they narrowed it down to 10 games, they each ordered the list themselves, and the vote totals determined the order of the final list. Discounted entries on the Amazon list include the top game, The Last of Us,...

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DualShock 4 buyers test old games to create compatibility list

With DualShock 4 controllers now appearing on retail shelves, gamers are getting to grips with figuring out which PlayStation 3 games work with the new controller. A Reddit thread has been opened to handle the issue, offering an initial list of games. Users are being invited to add to the list. "I just got my DualShock 4 today, and have noticed some games work, and some don't," wrote thread organizer Lapwner. "So, let's try to create a list so people can see which games work and which games don't. Note that the motion sensing does not work, so even though some games work with the controller, if they are reliant on the motion sensing, then they probably aren't worth playing it with." The current list of compatible games includes: Working Call of Duty (MW2, MW3, Black Ops, Black Ops...

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Amazon Gold Box includes Uncharted 3 320 GB PS3 bundle, Ni no Kuni

Today's Amazon Gold Box is all about video games, with the Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 320 GB PlayStation 3 bundle on sale all day and new Lightning Deals every few hours. The PS3 package regularly costs $299.99, but is available for $250 today. A couple of the Lightning Deals have already expired, but as far as we can tell from Amazon's descriptions, here's what's coming for the rest of the day: 10 a.m. ET: "I'm not saying that I'm Batman, but no one has ever seen us in the same room together." (a Batman game) 1 p.m. ET: "Meet zombies on this tropical island" (Dead Island or Dead Island: Riptide) 3 p.m. ET: "Hit this deal out of the park!" (Major League Baseball 2K13 or MLB 13 The Show or Out of the Park Baseball 13) 5 p.m. ET: "Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi for the PSP...

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Ni no Kuni marked down to $40 at Target and Amazon

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level 5's role-playing game which features art and animation work from Studio Ghibli, has been marked down to $39.99 at Amazon and Target. The title still carries a $59.99 price tag at most retailers, and this 33 percent discount is by far the largest the game has received since launching in North America this past January. It's unclear whether these price cuts are temporary discounts, or whether Target and Amazon have permanently reduced their asking price for the game; you might want to grab one quick, just to be safe. For Polygon's thoughts on Level 5's monster-training JRPG, check out our review of Ni no Kuni.

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Ni no Kuni gets free Draggle familiar on Feb. 12

Namco Bandai will release a free downloadable familiar for PlayStation 3 role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch later this month, the publisher announced today. The Draggle familiar with be available from the PlayStation Network starting Feb. 12 in North America. "This domesticated dragon is a favorite family pet for its downright adorable eyes," reads a description of Draggle on the European PlayStation Store. "This pampered little fellow never has to hunt for itself, but owners should be aware that it can morph into a dragette, and then either a dragamuffin or bedraggle, and that it can use Phantom Fangs or Hot Huff to defend itself." To bolster your enthusiasm for Ni no Kuni's release last week, Namco Bandai has also released a new trailer for the PS3 game.

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Sony republishes Ni no Kuni in the European PlayStation Store to fix download error

Sony republished Ni no Kuni on the European PlayStation Store today to fix an error that prevented those who purchased the digital version from playing the game, according to a post on the official PlayStation Europe twitter account. Players who downloaded Level-5's role-playing game received an error after installation. In response, PlayStation Europe announced via Twitter it would republish the game. The tweet confirms a post in the PlayStation Forum from a user who said that Sony would have a fix "up in a few hours to download." A tweet published at 10:37 a.m. ET said that affected players need to "visit the Store and make a free purchase of the game to receive the second part of the download." The European pre-order bug comes in the wake of a North American pre-order problem that...

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Namco promises 400-page Ni no Kuni guide as apology to fans denied Wizard's Edition

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch publisher Namco Bandai offered an update on the issues surrounding canceled pre-orders of the game's deluxe Wizard's Edition, an attempt by the company to clarify a situation that has many fans of the game upset. In a statement sent to Polygon, Namco Bandai reiterates that a "glitch within our E-commerce provider's ordering system" was responsible for pre-orders of the Wizard's Edition being oversold. Namco says it is actively working with distributor Digital River to "offer remedies to each and every order." "We are also working to ensure that a situation like this never happens again," reads Namco's statement. "We respectfully ask for our fans' patience during this time." In a make-good attempt by the publisher, Namco Bandai says it will give...

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Merchant selling Ni no Kuni 'Wizard's Edition' for four times the original price as Namco cancels customer pre-orders

eBay shop PlayCanada received more than 200 copies of the "Wizard's Edition" of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch directly from Namco Bandai's online store and is now selling them for four times their original price, at $400 each. PlayCanada initially priced this edition of the game at $199 in early December before increasing the price to $249 in late December and again to $399 on Jan. 24 — the same date that Namco announced it was unable to fulfill player pre-orders of the game due to an over-selling of stock. The publisher stated customers who pre-ordered the game from Club Namco after Jan. 17 when inventory become exhausted will not receive a copy of the edition. So far the eBay shop sold 209 copies of this title. According to the item's eBay page, which promises to ship the...

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Ni no Kuni 'Wizard's Edition' distributor oversold stock, canceling pre-orders for some customers

Some PlayStation 3 owners who pre-ordered the deluxe "Wizard's Edition" of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch from Namco Bandai's Club Namco store are receiving word that their orders have been canceled and they won't be getting a copy of the game. That's upsetting many customers who now have little recourse in finding another copy of the sold out deluxe edition of Ni no Kuni. According to publisher Namco Bandai, the distributor of Ni no Kuni's "Wizard's Edition," Digital River, suffered a "glitch in their ordering system" and that the game was unintentionally oversold. On the Namco Bandai forums, reps for Digital River write that customers who purchased a deluxe copy of the game before Jan. 17 should still receive their orders. But for others, the status of their order may be less...

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a traditional JRPG wrapped in a Miyazaki film

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch begins much like most JRPGS — a lengthy cutscene progressing with minimal button pushing brings players into the action, a few basic mechanics are tossed out, the hero gets his companion and weapon and sets off on his journey. But what makes the opening of Level-5's game so different is its animated film feeling, its presentation as an interactive story rather than a story with some shuffling on the player's part. Players will follow young Oliver on a quest to save the parallel world of Ni no Kuni and revive his late mother after her sudden death. Oliver has the purest of hearts and is the prophesized hero who will save the realm, so says Drippy, King of the Fairies. Reluctantly the young boy sets off on his quest, the promise of saving his mother...

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 01/22/2013
    • Publisher Namco Bandai
    • Developer LEVEL-5
    • Score 6.5
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