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    Ni No Kuni

    Level-5 has announced a new game called Ninokuni for the Nintendo DS in the latest Famitsu magazine. Its release date is scheduled for next year in Japan.

    - The animation in the game is all by Studio Ghibli.
    - Level-5 's first 10th Anniversary product.
    - There will be a book bundled with the game filled with information on various magic crests and spell recipes. This 'Magic Master' book is something that the main character in the game has, and the player will need to refer to from time to time while playing the game.
    - There will be a console version of the game, but the hardware is not decided yet. [o.O]
    - They want the console version to offer something different for people that have already played the DS version, the selection of the hardware will be based on which is most suitable for this purpose.
    - The exact same book will be packaged with the console version as well.
    Some screens here:

    Gamekyo - Screens

    And some larger images here:

    Famitsu Scan One
    Famitsu Scan Two

    I would HOPE that with the success of Ghibli here in the states, its relationship with Disney, and Level 5 generally releasing some of its more popular games in the states (the first Layton) that we see a release.

    Knowing Ghibli's 'general' target audience i wonder just how 'kiddy' this game might be, but damn if i am not excited about this partnership.

    I still dream of a Nausicaa game =P

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    god damnit i thought it said nirokun!

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    Trailer for this showed up at TGS:

    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/41285.html

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    This game looks pretty amazing. It looks like a ton of effort spoiled on just a handheld title though. They could do so much with this on a console.

    http://kotaku.com/5063027/studio-ghi...xes-the-finger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaelan? View Post
    This game looks pretty amazing. It looks like a ton of effort spoiled on just a handheld title though. They could do so much with this on a console.

    http://kotaku.com/5063027/studio-ghi...xes-the-finger

    Well they did say:

    - There will be a console version of the game, but the hardware is not decided yet.

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    The needing-the-book thing kind of reminds me of the days where you needed the instruction manual or a code-key handy to actually play the game you purchased back when games fit on a single floppy disc as means of copyright protection.
    (unless your friend didn't mind photocopying the entire 80pg'ish booklet)

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    Snake, try checking the back of the CD for Meryl's frequency.

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    They had a picture of what the entire package would look like on Kotaku a while back, and the package looked awesome, but the book is really large, which makes me question why you would choose to put a book that big together with a DS game.

    As cool as this sounds, I buy games on the DS for portability, mainly, and I don't know how I'd feel about having to carry around a hard cover book that's about 3 times the size of the DS in order to play the game.

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    necrobump but this is getting ported to PS3 apparently:

    http://kotaku.com/5570373/studio-ghi...-playstation-3

    The screens from famitsu look fucking gorgeous
    http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets...06/ninops3.jpg

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    Kotaku posted a trailer today as well, which looks pretty much unfuckingbelievable. This is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated games of all time:

    http://kotaku.com/5571557/see-the-tr...iblis-ps3-game

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    Quote Originally Posted by yayaok View Post
    god damnit i thought it said nirokun!
    I did too..

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    That looks fucking sick. Been wanting me an HD game that looks animated (where the fuck are you Sly4 >.> ) for the longest time, and this looks to fit the bill.

    Just hope the battle mode has some depth, as shouting commands to your pet thing reminds me of Pankration, like a weaker Pokemans. ;/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaisha View Post
    That looks fucking sick. Been wanting me an HD game that looks animated (where the fuck are you Sly4 >.> ) for the longest time, and this looks to fit the bill.

    Just hope the battle mode has some depth, as shouting commands to your pet thing reminds me of Pankration, like a weaker Pokemans. ;/
    DS version features you drawing patterns to cast spells during battle to help fight. People are speculating that the PS3 version might support Playstation Move to do something similar. From what I remember you get a spell book with the game, which teaches you which patterns do what.

    Nothing announced yet though.

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    the cell shading in the game looks amazing. the look of it reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki's anime movies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katlan View Post
    the look of it reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki's anime movies
    Who do you think founded Studio Ghibli. ause:

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    looks like DQ8 HD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaisha View Post
    Who do you think founded Studio Ghibli. ause:
    i didn't know this, thats awesome

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    Before seeing the trailer, I was kinda worried that this game might just look good, and be lacking in gameplay, but yeah, really looking forward to it now. Looks amazing.

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    I AM VERY EXCITE!

    Can't wait, well... i may have to if this isn't brought over. I can only hope that Disney's relationship with Ghibli has something to do with it. That and the new Level 5 Headquarters for 'overseas business' opened in January. Well I have hopes that I will see a NA version.

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