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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a JRPG that was previously released in Japan, it is now being localized in the West and the dev team has put in the initial effort to make sure that the game appeals to a global audience rather than simply a Japanese one. While this game is on the PS3, the original version came out on the Nintendo DS.

These are the first games to ever be produced by Studio Ghibli, an anime company made most famous by the works of Hayao Miyazaki, films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki, and Spirited Away. Ni No Kuni features the same traditional art style that we would expect of character designs and artwork in a Miyazaki film. It might not be the most graphically impressive JRPG, but it still looks very pleasing to the eye.

The game features hundreds of familiars that you can battle and collect along your adventures, not too unlike Pokemon, and some of them can even evolve. I’m pretty interested in experiencing the game, the combat definitely gives me a Chrono Trigger vibe, which is never a bad thing. Anything that makes the combat more alive and interesting is a welcome addition in my book. This game is slated to launch next year on the PS3. January 22 for the North American release and January 25 for Europe.