Nintendo DS’ version of Ni No Kuni launched 2010 in Japan, but because it’s “too difficult” to package the physical magic book with the game and sell it outside Japan, it will not be released in the West. However, the PlayStation version of the game, titled Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which includes a digital magic book, will launch in both Europe and North America in January 2013.
For reference, out of a possible 40 points, Famitsu awarded the Nintendo DS version with 38 points and PlayStation 3’s with 36.
“It was too difficult to package it with the book and sell it overseas. That was the biggest reason why it wasn’t brought overseas.”
-Akihiro Hino, Level-5 president