A Glimpse At The Grand Ni No Kuni: The Jet Black Sorcerer Spellbook

By Spencer . December 5, 2010 . 3:15pm

Ni no Kuni: The Jet Black Sorcerer has one of the biggest instruction booklets in the history of video games. Level-5 packed every copy of the game with a spellbook that shows players what they need to draw on the touch screen to cast a spell.



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  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    And one of the best too. It’s gorgeous. Hope it makes it here, along with the PS3 version (Move support?).

    Edit: Stupid. No Move support, it plays like an RPG on the PS3. But I have seen the book, so it has to be about something.

  • See this is a game that fulfills everything that I want for DS game development. Why bring out the 3DS when companies are fully accessing and pushing the Nintendo DS to its limits. Just look at this game!

    And that book! Awesome, they should partner up with um Piggyback books for the US release of that book, since they always deliver such excellent quality game books.

    • OneOkami

      The spellbook was the biggest thing that sold me on the game, even moreso than the Studio Ghibli involvement. The 3DS is Nintendo’s means of aiming to maintain its command of the portable gaming market, knowing it has to compete with the PSP’s successor. But I am indeed in no rush to get a 3DS. I have a very interesting backlog and games like this to look forward to. There is litle point in me rushing out for the successor. I’ll wait for a superior revision which, by then, will likely have a strong library awaiting me.

  • malek86

    Yeah, but is it as big as the Falcon 4.0 manual?

  • OneOkami

    I’ve been waiting for this game for years and have my preorder in place! Bring it on!

  • Aoshi00

    holy, that is one giant book.. I’m actually not a big fan of Ghibli (love Hisaishi’s music but put off by their constant amateur voice acting..well, Prof Layton’s voice is in here and he’s good). I’m much more interested in the DS game than the PS3 game though. get or not get… the families in the commercials are always well off and perfect :)Also I think this would be another game that benefits from the XL’s bigger touch screen too..

    I want to play safe and wait for reviews, but the game might become rare after release because of the book..

  • Watch us the US only get a digital download of the book….

    • Neckbear

      That’s hoping for too much.We’ll get in-game tutorials and images that will tell us exactly what to draw- wait, screw that.Do they really expect US to draw? What a joke! The game will automatically cast the spells for us, of course.And everything will have guns- tons of guns, explosions, and blood! Let us not forget the Multiplayer mode, as well!

      • Explosions are perhaps one of my favorite things in games, I cant even remember the last RPG that I played that didnt have any; I love explosive good times. I like flashy exploding stuff, its a pleasure to see. Multiplayer is an amazing inclusion in this great day and age for games (well we dont even know if this game doesnt have multiplayer?) though DS games have usually been lacking on the multiplayer front though, except for Pokemon.

        • Neckbear

          Explosions are cool, indeed, but I can live without them. I’m not too fond of multiplayer, though.However, I was just trying to be sarcastic with my comment about how, it seems, some developers and publishers think games should be to find success in the “Western” market. I believe you already have realized that, though, even before making your comment.


  • MarkMario

    If you take this to school people might think it’s a real book :3

  • vadde939

    I hope that there isn’t too much text to translate in that book or a multi-language European release will be troublesome to say the least.

  • Icon

    Clearly the spell book is one of the big selling points to this game. If the game comes to the U.S., I doubt that you will see some kind of inferior version simply because I think Level 5 has enough clout to say to whoever is publishing that they want the book to be up to snuff. But who knows? Anyway, this reminds me of Star Tropics for the NES. That game came with a letter from the main character’s uncle, and if you didn’t have it, there was no way of beating the game, especially with no internet back then.

  • RAVENKam

    That spellbook looks just epic! Hope US/Europe gets a similar (as in a physical book!) treatment.

  • I wish that cat was bundled with the preorder! Would definitely buy it.

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