Ni No Kuni Has A Different Battle System On PlayStation 3

By Spencer . June 24, 2010 . 10:40am

Ni no Kuni: The Jet Black Wizard, that’s the Nintendo DS game, has players reference a magic book and draw runes on the touch screen to cast spells. The PlayStation 3 doesn’t have a touch screen and although a wand-like controller exists, Level 5 made a totally different battle system.


This trailer of Ni no Kuni: Queen of the Holy White Ash shows Oliver and friends commanding creatures. It appears that Oliver can shout orders like “go!” to make Lucci, the sword carrying critter attack.


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  • deltazero

    Hm.. wonder if that means the game is multiplayer? Seems like the combat is realtime, which might mean the other two allies are either controlled by AI or another player?

    • jj984jj

      Looks more like a mix of DQIX and Pokemon to me, not real-time.

      • deltazero

        Well, even if it isnt realtime, just struck me as potentially multiplayer also due to the fact that each monster has a coloured bubble around them. Guess time will tell, haha

        • jj984jj

          I guess it depends on how much control you have over them. It looks like you can give them commands but they act on their own… I hope it’s not real-time. The DS version is turn-based. :(

  • Wow, that looks pretty. Someone bite on localizing this. Please. Seriously.

    I mean that’s as concise as I get before I rattle off a whole slew of ‘omg’ at this. It looks positively beautiful.

    • nyobzoo

      I’m sure Level-5’s US office will bring this game out, if not then Sony’s been pretty good at publishing their games and then there’s always NISA and Atlus to fall back on

  • MAN!! THIS IS SO COOL!!! EVERYTHING!! omg i want this! and is like a real time pokemon lol, with this they will get lots of sells in japan (and maybe here) i hope they do well, LEVEL 5 deserves it :D, im already sold, well i’ve been sold after they released the first trailer like a year ago

  • Kaoro

    The game looks and sounds absolutely amazing… but the battle system looks kinda boring.

    Off topic: Someone help a (somewhat) novice Japanese student out! In one of the “orders” on the attack screen, it says 「いけー!」- is that some weird conjugation of 行く I’ve never seen before?

    • is not that complicated (i think o.0) is just like a really short way and with style to say GO! (iku!), i think it came to be, because they also say (the japanese ppl) iku se! and then, with time, it became ike! so iku se could be another way to say it as well. It should be Ikimasu!, or ikimashio! xD but is too long, …like instead of brother, broda~! or stuff like that, is hard to think in an english example because spanish is my native language D:.

      • Kaoro

        Thanks! I appreciate it!

        This might be a good game to import for Japanese practice now that I think of it.

        • Yes!, but i first recommend DS games though, most of them have the furigana in the kanjis (the hiraganas above each kanji) making it easier to know what that kanji is and learn it, most of the new DS games (not all of them though) are putting furigana in the kanjis, one i liked a lot is Zelda phantom hourglass, when you put the stylus on a kanji, the furiganas apear xD

  • RAVENKam

    I have to wonder how cool it would’ve been for Level 5 to have gone for specific Move compatibility? I mean it certainly would’ve been my reason to buy the controller (as I currently have non). I’m sure L5 probably wanted to cater for a wider audience and so redesigned the UI system. Either way I’m too psyched to care. This is also the first time I’ve wanted to get both the portable and console versions of the same game. Well, technically they’re not, but damn!

  • thebanditking

    Looks amazing,an over world, random battles and gorgeous graphics. I must have this game. Hopefully Sony will localize this themselves, it would be a fine addition to their first party line up.

    • Hraesvelgr

      I have no interest in this game, but I do have to agree that Sony would be stupid to pass up on it.

  • Guest

    I like the ending.

  • Joanna

    Thank god this game does not require Move. No way in hell am I investing in that 100 dollar package.

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