Fans have launched a Facebook campaign to bring a localised version of Ni no Kuni to the Nintendo 3DS after Namco Bandai hinted that it could be a possibility. The popular title, which sees a boy transferred to a magical universe with his side-kick doll Drippy, was successfully received on the PlayStation 3 in North America and Europe earlier this year. It was also released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS in Japan. If you would like to see a localised version of Ni no Kuni, you can support the Facebook page here.
Published by Namco Bandai Games, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launched in the West earlier this year, exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It was, however, ‘too difficult‘ to localize the Nintendo DS version, titled Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madōshi, which saw release in 2010 – but only in Japan.
Apparently, a Namco Bandai Games executive stated that his company wasn’t opposed to the idea of bringing the PlayStation 3 version of the role-playing game to Nintendo’s latest handheld console. Would you like to play Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on your Nintendo 3DS? Or do you wish the game would instead come to Wii U? Let us know in the comments.
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
Level 5 has released a trailer for the beautiful Ni no Kuni. The trailer is for the PlayStation 3 version of the game but Studio Ghibli and Level 5 have also worked on a version for the Nintendo DS which came out in Japan on December 9th. Personally I don’t think I’ve seen a better looking game, what do you all think?
Tip: Chris Smith