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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch review: sitting a spell

By Steve Watts, Feb 11, 2013 11:45am PST

The long-awaited Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has finally been released. Does it meet the high bar set by its pedigree?


"I'm about 50 hours in and I'm still loving it. I would caution that the game is extremely ..."

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Ni no Kuni aiming to recreate 'the good old days' of JRPGs

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 09, 2013 3:15pm PST

JRPGs have become something of a niche genre--a far cry from when games like Final Fantasy VII commanded gamer mindshare. Why has the genre faded so much?


"This is interesting, but goddamn do I wish this dude would stop with the weird voice filter."

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Ni no Kuni demo hits PS3 this week

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 03, 2012 6:45am PST

"With its charming presentation, moving story, and engaging battle system, it's hard not to eagerly anticipate Ni No Kuni," Alan Tsang wrote in our preview of Level 5 and Studio Ghibli's RPG. A downloadable demo will arrive on PlayStation 3 next week so you can see if all th...


Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story designer leaves Level-5

By Steve Watts, Nov 08, 2012 5:00pm PST

Yasumi Matsuno, best known for his work on Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story, has announced he is leaving Level-5 due to personal reasons.


"Looks like the what happened with FFXII really screwed with the guy's confidence; he didn't last ..."

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Dragon Quest VII remake coming to 3DS

By Steve Watts, Oct 31, 2012 12:00pm PDT

Dragon Quest VII is getting a 3DS port, which will include a fully orchestrated score.


"It makes me happy. I'm not crazy about the main DQ games, but hopefully this means Rocket Slime ..."

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask review: a puzzling new start

By Steve Watts, Oct 30, 2012 12:00pm PDT

We take a look at Professor Layton's fresh start on Nintendo's new handheld. Does it earn its keep after the DS series ran its course?


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Level-5's Black Box brings Suda 51, Yoot Saito, and Yasumi Matsuno to 3DS eShop

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 04, 2012 1:00pm PDT

Level-5 is opening its "Black Box" later this year. This collection of 3DS games brings together some of Japan's most iconic designers.


"That's what I meant. Will the shmup be any good? Is it weird enough for him?"

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Ni no Kuni preview: otherworldly

By Alan Tsang, Sep 12, 2012 10:00am PDT

With its charming presentation, moving story, and engaging battle system, it's hard not to eagerly anticipate Ni No Kuni.


"shouldn't the opposite be true though that now there are more games to play then ever... "

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Professor Layton 6 to be Hershel's 'final adventure'

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 29, 2012 2:30pm PDT

It's time to say goodbye to Level-5's Professor Layton. The sixth game in the franchise, Layton Kyouju to Choubunmei A no Isan, is being described as the top hat wearing detective's final adventure.


"There's a iOS Layton game that was revealed a while ago but it had to do with two young Layton ..."

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Ni no Kuni: Wizard's Edition announced, is $100

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT

Namco Bandai is readying a collector's edition of Ni no Kuni--a pricey $100 package that includes a 300 page hardcover book.


"Watched ManVsGame play this a few months back. My little sister came by and took a peek at the ..."

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask coming to the US this November

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 21, 2012 9:19pm PDT

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, the first 3DS entry in the Layton series, is coming to the US. Nintendo of America will localize and publish the game, and it will be available this November.


No ni Kuni making January 2013 Ghiblicious

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 04, 2012 6:00am PDT

Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's RPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is now confirmed for a PlayStation release on January 22, 2013, having recently been delayed again.


"I think you are probably 100% right. And I will STILL always use subs whenever possible."

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Ni no Kuni delayed until Q1 2013

By John Keefer, Apr 12, 2012 11:00am PDT

Namco Bandai unveils a new trailer for its upcoming PS3 exclusive RPG Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Unfortunately, the release date has slipped.


"So happy to see this kind of style in a modern game. Looks so awesome. "

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Ni no Kuni delayed to 'winter 2012'

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 15, 2012 2:45pm PST

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's collaboration project, is being delayed to winter 2012. But, the game will include both English and Japanese voiceovers.


"I've been a PC gamer for life, and this is the game that I'd get a PS3 for."

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Professor Layton 3DS hitting Europe in 2012

By Steve Watts, Nov 18, 2011 2:45pm PST

A trailer for the European version of Professor Layton and the Last Specter teases a 3DS Layton game to hit next year. Since Layton games tend to come to North America before Europe, this probably means we'll get Mask of Miracle sometime in 2012.