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Ni No Kuni Arrives To Universal Acclaim

Friday, January 25th, 2013 by

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After a number of delays and years of waiting, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch finally arrives in North America.

And it was worth the wait, apparently; the JRPG that launched a thousand “D’aaawwwwww”s isn’t just charming the pants off of gamers, but managing a warm reception with critics as well, according to Metacritic.

ni no kuni metacritic

With a blended Metacritic average of 86, Level 5’s Ni No Kuni has delivered a critically acclaimed JRPG experience that’s sure to please fans of the genre. Well, everyone except for that one guy who left it a negative user review up there. I suppose you can’t please everybody.

Here’s what the critics are saying:


(96) Ni No Kuni easily stands with the best Japanese RPGs of this generation, and I believe it will stand the test of time to become one of the beloved adventures that people remember for years to come. This is the game for everyone who wishes they made RPGs like they did “back then,” but who also loves the advancements we’ve seen in graphics, sound, and gameplay systems over the years.”


(95) “Ni No Kuni is a serenade, a love poem dedicated to all JRPGs. Level 5’s latest epic is a brilliantly-crafted game that has the ability to totally capture the player and mesmerize him with its splendid visuals.”


(94) “One of the best RPGs I’ve played in years…a beautiful mixture of the traditional makings of a JRPG combined with gorgeous graphics, a wonderful story, a great cast of characters and thoughtful gameplay.”


(90) “Maybe all that beauty would be undermined by the low-key narrative if the combat wasn’t as deep. It’s why this collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli works. One without the other might have been good, but together they’ve created a superb role-playing game for this generation to savor.”


(90) “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is much more than a vehicle for the House that Miyazaki Built; it’s a first-class production all the way that delivers-and improves on-every aspect of the traditional Japanese RPG.”


(90) “If you’re a lover of games that require you to put in before you get out, and you recall the glory days of the Eastern RPG, where experience points were the lifeblood and the grind was king, you have literally no decent excuse for not finding a way to play Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. A classic of the modern age, built entirely from classics of the past, it’s advised you get comfortable, cancel all your plans, and prepare to enjoy a game that will dominate your life for the next few months.”


(90) “With a heart-warming protagonist, beautifully illustrated world, and addicting gameplay, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is another masterpiece of which Level-5 and Studio Ghibli can be rightly proud.”


(70) “What Ni no Kuni lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in quantity and packaging – there’s tons to do and every single moment in the game is a visual delight. It can be extremely frustrating and makes some choices that don’t quite work, but offers enough charm to ultimately win you over.”

Ni Nu Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Critic & User Reviews [metacritic]

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5 Responses to “Ni No Kuni Arrives To Universal Acclaim”

  1. Brian Kerr says:

    I feel like it’s the game I’ve been waiting for since I finished Dragon Quest 8 — which also happens to fold in my favorite aspects of Dragon Quest 9 and Dark Cloud 2, as well as the gorgeous trappings and storytelling of the planet’s best film studio.

    It’s not as fun as DQ9, but I can’t imagine how anything else could be.

    • It’s got Level 5 written all over, en’t? But the Ghibli influence makes this game really special.

      More than anything, the world map just makes the game for me. It, along with all the beasties peppered about, is the perfect scale for adventure! This game’s presentation is amazing.

      • Brian Kerr says:

        What amazes me is that more RPGs don’t use the map like this one does, or like every Dragon Quest game does. Make it part of the game, not just the elevators between spaces.

  2. You’ve had a Ni No Kuni fetish for at least a year. Was it worth the wait?

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