Studio Ghibli may be shutting down

Legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli could be in the process of shutting down production as general manager Toshio Suzuki is reported to have confirmed the company is undergoing restructuring — a translated transcript of which has been made available by the Anime News Network. Suzuki announced a halt in production yesterday on Japanese television, confirming plans to downsize staff to manage trademarks and copyrights on its portfolio of 20 feature films. The company's demise has been rumored in the last month following the poor profits of its recent releases, including the studio's latest film When Marnie Was There which was released in Japan last month. Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Suzuki following the success of classic anime film N...


Dark Souls 2 and South Park: The Stick of Truth on offer in PlayStation RPG sale

Sony has announced a sale of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita role-playing games, for the week ahead. Among the offers are Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, down from $19.99 to $4.99. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is down from $39.99 to $19.99. Ubisoft's recently released South Park: The Stick of Truth is now $41.99 instead of $59.99 while Dark Souls 2 is down from $59.99 to $38.99. Mass Effect, Final Fantasy and Tales games are also on offer. "We're putting some awesome games and add-ons on sale as part of our newest sale," stated a Sony post at PlayStation Blog, which is running a full list of deals. "Never played an RPG before? Now's the perfect time." The sale runs from now until Friday June 6 at 12:00PM Pacific.


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,...


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...


Shakespeare ... Steinbeck ... Harper Lee ... Ni no Kuni

"Once kids realize that the games that they play and love so much, the ones with strong campaigns, have strong writers behind them," he says, "I think there's a powerful hook right there." A teaching-kids-through-games initiative sounds like the preserve of liberal privilege, the kind of snazzy move you'd expect from a school in, say, Santa Clara, Calif., a place located in sight of the shimmering certainties of Google's new-technology aspirations. But Cheektowaga is a blue-collar place, where the factories have skipped town and the service economy somehow missed its incoming connection. Half the kids at John F. Kennedy Middle School rely on economic assistance and/or live in single-parent homes. Many of their parents work multiple jobs in order to make the rent, to...


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...


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.


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.


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...


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...

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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