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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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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...

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Developer Level-5 goes behind the scenes of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Take a peek inside the offices of Professor Layton and Dark Cloud developer Level-5 in this new behind-the-scenes video for PlayStation 3 role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The video is part documentary, with Level-5 president Akihiro Hino walking viewers through the developer's Fukuoka, Japan headquarters, and part introduction to the game, a collaboration with celebrated animators Studio Ghibli. There are moments of fun spread throughout, including game director Ken Motomura acting out some Ni no Kuni motion capture, complete with wand and Wizard's Companion props. Later in the video Hino discusses the concept of Ni no Kuni and shows early artwork for the game. The PS3 version of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be published in North America and Europe...

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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