Studio Ghibli + Level 5 = Profit

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an upcoming RPG for Playstation 3 developed cooperatively by Studio Ghibli (Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and Level 5 (Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VII, Professor Layton). Oh, be still, my beating heart! If you are like me, upon hearing about this marriage you imagine their offspring as crazy combinations such as My Neighbor Layton and Castle in the Dark Cloud. Then, you will begin to worry that maybe this is one of those things where amazingly awesome thing ‘A’ plus awesomely amazing thing ‘B’ equals tragedy. You know, like pancakes and hot-tubs, or hunting and furry-sex. Sure, every human being since 1997 has thought of doing it every day, but none of us are crazy enough to actually try it. Well feel free to blink your skeptical eye, my friend, because Ni no Kuni looks fucking amazing.

I should clarify that a bit. If you love the magical, adventurous, and heartfelt nature of Studio Ghibli films, and you also happen to love the challenging, strategic, and immersive gameplay of Level 5 games, then Ni no Kuni is fucking amazing.

Spoiler warning! I talk about the game’s introduction and dramatic question! Skip past the next picture if you do not want to see. Continue reading