Five RPGs for 2013: Ni no Kuni and the Ghosts of Dragon Quest VIII

1UP - Level-5's collaboration with Studio Ghibli gets one last shot at real success.

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MaideninBlack1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

I hope this sells well in the states and in Europe. Level-5 deserves the success.

Blastoise1868d ago

Two disagree's? Da fuq?

Why would anyone want this game to not sell well? It looks like a quality game. It look's like a traditional JRPG, and I haven't played a good one of them since the PS2.

paydayp1868d ago

if u have a Xbox i would say u need to try lost odyssey.
i tought it was a great jrpg loved the stories in that game and it has the traditional set up off a jrpg.

if i had the money i would buy a ps3 just for ni no kuni alone i love studio ghibli and i loved the level 5 games on the ps 2.
ni no kuni looks great.

damn it i need to rob a bank

dmonee1868d ago

Word up to that! I've been waiting for games like this since the PS3 and the Xbox 360 launched, years ago. Now they are coming and gamers are flicking their fingers up at them... WHYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

Wigriff1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

If you haven't figured it out yet, there is a vocal minority on this site which is comprised of imbeciles. They don't contribute; they just whine, bitch, moan, complain, and apparently hate everything concerning video games – regardless of being present on a video game site.

Additionally, if you are looking for a good, traditional JRPG from this console generation, check this out:

paydayp is also correct in mentioning Lost Odyssey, although I honestly liked Blue Dragon way more.

paydayp1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

@wigriff played blue dragon also but i disagree with it being the better one.
but that´s a my opinion.
i liked the story way better with lost odyssey.
gameplay is maybe better in blue dragon.
cant make a definitive decision on that.
they were both good but i can see one picking blue dragon over lost odyssey.
but personally i liked the feel of greatness of the combination of the short stories of the lead character past, the story of the world and the story of your party members. with the classic turn based gameplay it feeled so great to me.
thats why i prefer the one over the other but i would want to miss out on either of them.

i would be glad with a sequel of one of them but i dont even know of mistwalker is still in business havent heard anything from them in a while.
i actaully thought they had a contract for 3 games with microsoft if im correct.
so who knows someday we get a sequel i hope so


just found out they made the last story for the wii.
that is also a well recieved game.
sadly i dont have a wii but its good to hear they still in business

PS. marumaru is the best character i loved him in blue dragon

Wigriff1868d ago

paydayp: It definitely comes down to personal preference. Most people would say that they preferred Lost Odyssey. I was born in '82, so I grew up on classic Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest) games, and Blue Dragon definitely resonated with that part of me, so I think I am naturally more partial to games with that sort of aesthetic and feel. Lost Odyssey was more akin to the PSX/PS2 era Final Fantasy games.

I haven't played The Last Story either. I have a Wii, but I have a serious backlog of games as it is. I will eventually get to it.

Did it ever occur to you that, when broken down into its most simple elements, Blue Dragon's story is basically about a decrepit old man who terrorizes villages, and seeks out young children to make them swallow his balls? Yeah... sit on that one for awhile. :)

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ronin4life1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

Especially if said sucess leads to more of their great games coming over...
Hard to believe someone could disagree with that.

Relientk771868d ago

^ I agree with all 3 of you

portal_21868d ago

I'm surprised nobody has snapped up Level-5 - they are a quality Japanese developer.

kevnb1868d ago

but are they actually for sale? Some companies would rather just stay independent.

ronin4life1868d ago

They don't need to be bought. Their Nintendo partnerships helped propell them into great sucess... they are doing better than ever on their own now. Better than some bigger devs are in fact...

Baka-akaB1868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

it's not a surprise , they wanted their independance .

And going exclusive with Sony or Nintendo (or even microsoft , even if unlikely after their failed mmo project) would kill their benefits

portal_21868d ago

Sorry I should have been clearer - I meant publisher-wise (although they also self publish). I would hate to see a company like this wiped off the face of the earth due to economic issues. However, you are all correct.

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Ranma11868d ago

I honestly think this game has huge potential to sell if they just advertise it right.

Studio Ghibli is popular in the states. So they should use the Ghibli name to advertise it.

So much advertising potential as well, lets hope they dont waste it

DA_SHREDDER1868d ago

Don't forget about Dragon Quest X, star Online, and monster hunter on the WiiU

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Relientk771868d ago (Edited 1868d ago )

This is the first game of 2013 I am buying. Glad to see a fantastic JRPG incoming, cant wait it looks awesome

kevnb1868d ago

Ni no Kuni looks awesome, lets hope some of the magic from dragon quest viii caries over.

jc485731868d ago

To the person who just mentioned Lost Odyssey.

I bought an xbox just for that game (well, now I have a little less than 20 games), so I really don't see why people wouldn't do the same for Ni no Kuni.

silkrevolver1868d ago

The main reason I would see, is that it's so late in the lifecycle.

If Uncharted, Metal Gear, and Little Big Planet didn't convince them, even a great game like Ni No Kuni might not either.

Though, if I didn't already have a PS3, I would totally buy it for Ni No Kuni.

jc485731868d ago

yea, there are other games worth considering as well.

doogiebear1868d ago

-_- Sick of waiting for Persona 5