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Free Ni No Kuni familiar Draggle makes eyes at North America Feb. 12

In Europe, a free Ni No Kuni familiar – they're essentially monsters you defeat, recruit and then train to fight for you – has been available for download. On February 12, Namco Bandai will extend the gesture to North America and offer the same critter, named Draggle, as a free...

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Ni no Kuni PSN EU download not working, being republished

European PS3 owners who pre-ordered Ni no Kuni on PSN are still waiting for the game following download issues. Although the game, out today in Europe and Australasia, can be downloaded, when you try to play it a message appears saying it isn't installed properly. PlayStation Europe says it's...

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Namco Bandai denies collusion with eBay reseller amid Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition shortage

After some orders for the Wizard's Edition of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch started being mysteriously cancelled, Namco Bandai stepped forward to clarify that the special edition had been oversold, that the issue was caused by an error in its e-commerce provider's software and that said...

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Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition oversold, some orders being canceled

The special "Wizard's Edition" of Level 5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, available exclusively through Namco Bandai's online shop, has been oversold, resulting in a multitude of issues for those that placed orders while the package was supposedly still in stock. Digital River, the...

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Metareview: Ni no Kuni

Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch delivers that Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle) animation charm like it's tapped into a fascination factory. Reviewers were pulled into the game by its engrossing world, but the gameplay they found there is where things begin to...

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Ni No Kuni review: Fairy tale wedding

You know the phrase "You should never judge a JRPG by its authentic adaptation of a cherished animation studio's art style?" Well, that happens to apply to Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, in a good way. It's like a computer made entirely out of triple chocolate;...

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PSN Tuesday: Ni No Kuni, The Cave, Dust 514 open beta

This week's PSN content dump is live, headlined by Studio Ghibli and Level-5's joint JRPG, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The other big new game is Double Fine Production's The Cave, the adventure game helmed by none other than iconic video game designer Ron Gilbert. Today also kicks off the...

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Behind the Music: Ni no Kuni

Ni no Kuni doesn't just have genuine Studio Ghibli visuals. With an original score by composer Joe Hisaishi, it also has genuine Studio Ghibli music. Here, Hisaishi discusses the "elegance" he tried to bring to its music, and goes into surprising depth about his process....

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Behind the scenes of Ni No Kuni's art style

This latest development diary for Ni No Kuni focuses on the game's art style, pioneered by world renowned Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli. As you might expect, literally every single thing about Ghibli's creative process is completely adorable, even the old dudes. Especially the old...

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Heartbreaking beauty of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

The visual quality of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is so impressive, the upcoming PlayStation 3 role-playing game often resembles an interactive Studio Ghibli movie. No matter your angle, Ni No Kuni is bright, beguiling, and beautiful – even in the face of disparities between its...

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