Recently revealed during the Tokyo Game Show 2022 Xbox showcase, a beloved JRPG series is finally making its way to Team Green. Fans will soon be able to get their hands on Level-5’s underrated Ni no Kuni titles. Both acclaimed classics will be playable for the first time on Microsoft’s console platforms.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered will be available later today on all current Xbox consoles as well as Game Pass. The sequel, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, will arrive in 2023. Here’s what you need to know about these games.
The arrival of Ni no Kuni on Xbox marks a first for the series
Both of these games will be amazing gaming experiences on Xbox consoles. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered was released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam) and is a remaster of the PlayStation 3 game from 2011. Interestingly, this original version is also derived from the Nintendo DS title, Ni no Kuni. no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn, which plays quite differently from the PS3 version.
The story follows a young boy, Oliver, who must team up with a fairy called Drippy and travel to a magical world in search of a way to revive his dead mother. Gameplay sees players visiting various locations beautifully created using Studio Ghibli artwork and battling foes like the villainous Shadar. Combat is real-time, but can be compared to Nintendo’s Pokemon games as Oliver commands various pets to battle with different types of enemies.
The successor, Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom, was released in 2018 for PlayStation 4 and PC and in 2021 for Nintendo Switch. The game is set hundreds of years after the first and features an all new cast of characters. Here players control Evan, a young king who has been usurped from his rightful throne. As such, he embarks on a journey to build his own empire.
Combat is once again a real-time action-RPG affair, but unlike Oliver, the remaining characters choose more traditional close combat and magic roles. Although there are still Higgledies, small magical creatures whose elemental powers can be harnessed in battle. There’s also a major realm management system, filled with real-time city building and military skirmishes. Both are critically acclaimed games, so Xbox owners checking them out for the first time will be pleased. Unfortunately, they will have to wait a little longer because Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom won’t be available until next year.
All in all, it’s great to see Microsoft investing heavily in the Japanese market, which is a far cry from its position in the Xbox 360 or early Xbox One era. Will you be playing these two games on Game Pass?