Level 5 Ship 600,000 Copies Of Ni No Kuni

By Ishaan . December 8, 2010 . 9:10am

Level 5 and Studio Ghibli’s fantasy Nintendo DS RPG, Ni no Kuni, was first announced two years ago in a 2008 issue of Famitsu magazine, with no release date to accompany the announcement.


Ni no Kuni is significant in part because it marks the first time Studio Ghibli, who are renowned for the quality of their animated productions, have seriously invested themselves in the development of a game. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Level 5, who originally developed the game in celebration of their 10th anniversary, have high expectations of it.


Now we know just how high. Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer is slated for release on December 9th in Japan. Level 5 held a presentation on the game attended by the Japanese press earlier today, where it was revealed that the initial shipment for Ni no Kuni is in the range of 600,000 units, in line with initial orders from retailers.


Every copy of Ni no Kuni comes with a magical tome filled with spells to use in the game using the Nintendo DS stylus, and monster descriptions, essentially making every copy of the game a special edition.


In addition to Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Sorcerer on Nintendo DS, Level 5 and Ghibli are also developing a separate version of the game for the PlayStation 3. No release date for the PS3 version has been announced yet.

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  • Monster hunter 3 and this, and shining hearts and sora no kiseki and tales of graces F ahhhh…… No love for us on this christmas? D8< at least we getting lots of love the first months of the next year

    • DUDE youre making me feel bad for being an American! America is always treated so unfairly with games and all of those games just sound like epic ones to add to my collection. Though I shouldnt be mad that we were left with getting the latest and most awesome games developed outside of Japan this season (CoD:BLOPS, NFS:HP, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, etc), but still I would have liked for my library to have grown with games developed from the land of the rising sun.

      • Lol dont feel bad for being an American, and i didnt mean it that way anyway, actually Eruropa gamers have it harder than us, they have some releases that takes just too much time D:

      • OneOkami

        You’re not treated “unfairly”. You can’t fairly expect a publisher to jump on every title that would appeal to a relatively small market with full expectations of that market providing a sound return on the investment. These are still businesses. Personally, the grass doesn’t look particularly greener on the other side to me. There are loads of domestic games recently released and upcoming that I’m excited for as well.

  • HarryHodd

    Thats quite a big number. I hope it all sells.

    • OneOkami

      What is encouraging is that these are really “sold” to retailers, many of which are fulfilling preorders (including my own).

  • i just want the PS3 ver tht trailer look awesome and i love Level-5 work mad about them when thy Canceled production for Ushiro i was so looking for tht

    • Im still waiting for a Dark Cloud 3 announcment…. it would be perfect! Dark cloud THREE, for the play station THREE!! omg

      • I need to go back to Dark Cloud 2 (or Dark Chronicle as it’s known in the UK). That game is seriously epic. Then again so are the majority of Level-5 games.

        Back on topic, I too am looking forward to the PlayStation 3 version. I can imagine both the DS and PS3 coming in limited numbers in the west (what with that big ass book). The number of shipped copies in Japan is good news. Now we’ll see how it fares against the juggernaut that is Monster Hunter Portable 3rd.

  • Pichi

    Eep, I hope the pre-orders and the like reflect well on these numbers. Would like for this to succeed very much. And since the PS3 version is another take on the game and different gameplay, it bodes well for both games to sell pretty good.

  • Aoshi00

    I was going to preorder it w/ AmiAmi but their shipping was pretty expensive like 1300 yen but still cheap w/ their discount, I thought they would still have cheap shipping like around 600 yen despite the big magic book, guess that thing is heavy. so I ended up going w/ YesAsia to save a buck or 2 (plus they’re giving $5 coupon for orders over $50). Hope this game is fun.

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