Why Aren’t More People Talking About Ni No Kuni?
If you own a PlayStation, you would be remiss (yeah that’s right, I use big words sometimes) not to have noticed the launch of Studio Ghibli’s Ni No Kuni a couple weeks ago.
Now it might sound like a lunchbox special at your local Sushi place, but Ni No Kuni marks one of the most cinematically qualified RPGs (or games in general) to ever be released on a console – and its gameplay holds up as well, kind of a mix between Fire Emblem and Pokemon.
Developed by Studio Ghibli, better known as the Japanese Disney, it combines their typical blend of stunning animation and superior writing with an incredible soundtrack put together by Joe Hisashi (the same composer behind movies like Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind).
And if all of this sounds like Japanese mumbo jumbo to you (and it shouldn’t unless you have no taste in RPGs or solid anime movies), I can take a step back.
Studio Ghibli is the animation studio behind the classic My Neighbour Totoro and, much more recognizably, the critically acclaimed Spirited Away, which took out the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
So you have a game here which has been produced by an Academy Award winning animation studio and yet plenty of people still seem to have no idea this is on the market.
Do yourselves a favour and check out the trailer below, and then spread the word. I’d hate to see an amazing game like this turn into another Shadow of the Colossus (which has only really received the recognition it deserved in the last couple years).