Reggie Carolipio: I love Studio Ghibli's work, and this looks like No no Kuni is going to push everyone right into a magical world crafted by the magic of their artists. Match that with the adventuring expertise of Level 5, and I can't wait to dive into this and experience how it all works together. I'm kind of bummed that it's not coming with the spell book that accompanied the DS version in Japan, but it's still incredible news that it's coming to North America at all.
Chris "Atom" DeAngelus: There are few Japanese animated films as well known or as respected as those of Studio Ghibli, and for good reason."Ponyo," "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away" are among some of the most distinctive animated films. Ni no Kuni, translated roughly as "A Second Land," is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Level 5, best known for its Professor Layton titles. Ni no Kuni is, at heart, a traditional JRPG that combines the striking art design and visuals of Studio Ghibli's films with the unusual charm and visual prowess of Level 5. It may not reinvent the JRPG, but Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is shaping up to be a visual treat, if nothing else.
Brian Dumlao: Level-5's RPG record is rather excellent, and Studio Ghibli is often regarded as the Disney of Japan when it comes to traditional animation. Put the two together, and the expectations for an excellent game go through the roof. The film-like animations seen in the videos so far, coupled with the rather high scores in Japanese outlets, help put to rest any concerns that the title isn't a quality one. It'll remain to be seen if American audiences can be just as enthralled with the title when it hits in the first half of 2012.
Erik "NekoIncardine" Ottosen: No no Kuni, with its distinct Nintendo DS and PS3 releases, is the kind of JRPG magic that many gamers, even not typical fans of the genre, could get behind. Level-5, with its dedicated English studio, has worked to release the PS3 version in North America, and the results look to be a sort of magic rarely seen in JRPGs — or gaming at all — these days.
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