Ni No Kuni will finally bring JRPGs to PS3

Critical Game writes: One of the glaring problems of this generation of consoles has been its failure to produce truly great traditional Japanese RPGs. Certainly there have been plenty of solid efforts, and the likes of Lost Odyssey, Eternal Sonata, Resonance of Fate and Final Fantasy XIII all have their charms. We have even had excellent deviations from the standard style of Japanese RPGs with the strategy focused Valkyria Chronicles. But looking back at the 128, 32 and 16 bit eras it is hard not to get the impression that when it comes to memorable, high quality traditional Japanese RPGs, we have been left wanting by the HD consoles. Ni No Kuni could be the game that finally overturns that preconception.

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B-Real2062898d ago

All I want is a US release.

lightningsax2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

I'm guessing we'll see a PS3 US release. They'll certainly have enough of a niche audience at the very least that will eat this up, plus a bunch of people that loved Studio Ghibli in the past but didn't necessarily buy every RPG out there. So long as there's a bit of marketing, it'll sell.

The DS version... now that's up in the air. It's much more traditional than the PS3 one, it obviously has less impressive graphics, and Japan may still have that lingering perception that traditional JRPG's don't work in the US without some hook or a long-running franchise.

Yi-Long2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

...but only when it has the option for the original voices and it's uncut.

bananlol2898d ago

I may not have finished a single jrpg beyond the ps1 era, but after watching that first image i simply must get this game. A friend of mine kept going on about a studio ghibli game, but i thought that was only for the ds. This is great news, hopefully we have a EU release date within a year.

Its on a BlueRay and not made by squareenix, so yea it will probably have the original voices and be uncut. Knowing studio ghibli is involved pretty much sets this in stone. I think the mailed a fucking sword to some jerk who was trying to edit the western release of princess mononoke.

AKS2898d ago

Just give me English subtitles and I will import it from Japan I'd actually prefer that so there is no chance it will be localized in a way that includes $***ty dubs and cuts content because they think I would be to bewildered and confused to learn about something from outside my culture. It really blows my mind that some of these beancounters think the crowd shopping for Japanese games would not be open to cultural differences.

The artwork is Ghibli gorgeous. I can't wait to see it in motion set to music. I know the score will be terrific. Does anyone know who is the composer?

rockleex2898d ago

But what they don't know is that there just hasn't been any great JRPGs, at least for the HD consoles, this generation.

The only ones I can think of is Lost Odyssey (only because other JRPGs suck compared to this), Valkyria Chronicles (niche), and Demon's Souls (niche AND only for hardcore gamers).

I still have hopes that someone can release a great JRPG this generation. Versus XIII and Ni No Kuni are great contenders.

JRPGs that should be released this generation are:

Persona 5
Dark Cloud 3 (step your game up Level 5)
Kingdom Hearts 3

JRPGs that are unlikely to be released this generation but SHOULD be are:

new Chrono game
Final Fantasy Tactics 2
FF7 remake (if Versus is any good)
new Suikoden (MUST be on par with Suikoden 2's level of epicness)
Xenogears reboot (Square still owns the rights, can be made into a franchise since the original game was supposed to be 6 separate games taking place over thousands of years)
Tales of Destiny 3
Breath of Fire 5

And then some others.

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Kain812898d ago

All i want is a EU release

BTW Namco-Bandai Sucks

scruffy_bear2898d ago

Total agree a EU release would make my day as we are short of JRPG's on the PS3

IDesertFoxI2898d ago

An EU release would be pretty cool.

foker2898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

well they brought Demon's Souls to Europe,.. And the edition they made wass badass for 60Euros or less,..

Im just glad I got to play my favorite game of all time,..

Mondayding2898d ago

And you'll not get either. Opinions why...?

MetalFreakMike2898d ago

They need to bring this game over here and stop not giving us games we want. Too many games that still need to make their way over here that will most likely never will. I'm mostly talking about the Tales games but maybe things will change........(Who am I kidding......).

imoutofthecontest2898d ago

Demon's Souls, Tales of Vesperia, Disgaea 3+4, Valkyria Chronicles, Tales of Graces F, Final Fantasy XIII, Nier, Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4 soon, Atelier Rorona, Atelier Totori, Resonance of Fate, Eternal Sonata, Trinity Souls of Zill O'll...
The PS3 already has lots of JRPGs on it and a lot looming in the horizon.
Not sure where the "finally" comes from.

Chris3992898d ago

The "finally" is rather out of place. As far as JRPGs on home consoles, the PS3 is where it's at. 360 had the advantage of being first to market, so they had the upper hand initially, but the tides have since turned and a lot of those titles went multi (Star Ocean, Eternal Sonata, Vesperia).

I know you weren't making a comprehensive list, but there's also Folklore and WKC 1 & 2. A bunch of SRPG titles too, like Tears to Tiara, Agarest 1 & 2.

Interesting to note is that the PS3 future release calendar is chock full of JRPGs, whereas the other two consoles are lacking in this genre for the foreseeable future.

Redempteur2898d ago

as a rpg fan i'm more than happy with my PS3.

Ravage272898d ago (Edited 2898d ago )

Since ArTonelico3 and AtelierTotori are already locked for a 2011 release, all i need now is the confirmation of the localization of both WKC2 & Ninokuni and i'll have enough to satisfy my RPG hunger next year.

Btw for those interested in TrinityZillO'll, there's a demo up on the japanese PSN store and it's FANTASTIC. Game plays much better than i thought and it has a decent art style too.

mastiffchild2898d ago

My mate was saying great things about Trinity... as well. He played a bit out in Tokyo and was surprised at the depth of the action combat and that the switching between characters was really well integrated into the core game play. Way he told it it even looked better than we might have expected and it could be a really good game when it arrives over here in the EU/UK. I'm certainly very interested now.

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