Nino Kuni sequel possible if PS3 version succeeds overseas - Level-5 CEO

Level-5 is confident about localised version's success; the DS version has been canned halfway, due to logistics issue.

Gamers wishing to see a sequel to the Studio Ghibli and Level-5 role-playing game collaboration Ni no Kuni (out on the PS3 in Japan last year) would do well to buy the international copy of the PS3 version.

According to an interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino on Famitsu, the studio would love to continue the Ni no Kuni series if overseas sales for the title are strong.

Ni no Kuni 2 will be a go if Nino Kuni for the PS3 gets mad sales overseas.

Hino also expressed his confidence that the game will succeed, citing PS2 title Dark Cloud's 1 million worldwide sales on its international release. He also stated that Dark Chronicle and the Layton series did better outside of Japan.

When asked about the DS version of Ni no Kuni, Level-5 said that it gave up on localising the title because it would be difficult to sell the game with its physical Magic Master book, as well as to translate the book itself. Hino also mentioned that the reason the game is taking a long time to be localised is that the game has more than 1 million words to translate, and he wishes to be methodical in ensuring a proper translation.

Namco Bandai will be releasing the international version of Ni no Kuni in the first quarter of 2013. For more on Ni no Kuni for the PS3, check out GameSpot's video coverage.

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Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

I don't want a sequel to this game per se, but I would love another Studio Ghibli produced game of the same calibur. 

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

Release the DS game that you refused to release in the US and EU on the 3DS and then expand on it...problem solved.

Xenro4
Xenro4

Dark Cloud. Please.

Gamergirl67
Gamergirl67

I've nearly finished the game but yes please make a sequel!!!!! :)

Weskerzx95
Weskerzx95

I'm glad this game is becoming popular, a sequel would be great! I would really like to see what happens next in both worlds, or how the characters' lives carry on after the end of the first game. I hope this game sells well enough for them to consider creating the sequel.

LE5LO
LE5LO

Drippy: "A sequel would be very tidy, like."

Oliver: "Neato!"

wesbolt100
wesbolt100

I wish there was a 360 version. Guess ill just have to buy a ps3

Ledah
Ledah

As astounding Ni No Kuni is I think making a sequel just for the sales isn't doing it justice. Level-5 should make another JRPG as promising as this one, and keep the sequel to Ni No Kuni for a later project.

SlimeSwayze
SlimeSwayze

I'd love to see a new Ni No Kuni that is built from the ground up for the PS3.

CKeenan07
CKeenan07

I rarely buy games new, but I will make this purchase.

weaponslayer7
weaponslayer7

From what I've seen of this game, it shows what final fantasy games should be like.

killermike567
killermike567

hey guys just wondering for whoever played this game. do just the minions fight or does the main charcter battle too? and if so how should u manage which charcter should fight for u

AceOfDiamonds29
AceOfDiamonds29

...*Please* tell me this game has sold well enough to ensure a sequel. 

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

 The game is gaining popularity, ALOT of people who have left JRPGs are getting back to the genre (myself included) thanks to this game. And the fact it's animated by Ghibli studios really added to its appeal. Not sure if it'll be a huge hit with 10's of millions of copies sold, like call of duty for example. But for sure it'll sell well. The store i buy games from ran out of stock in just 2 days. I do wish it success, i just bought the game, and will start playing next week, can't wait !

gangstachaldo14
gangstachaldo14

Tough to sell a game when you have a limited amount of copies.  Luckily I had mine pre-ordered and got the steel case and all, but everyone that didn't pre-order or that didn't get their Wizard's Edition version of the game sound like they're having a tough time getting it.  The game clearly has a lot of people's attention and has sold out at a lot of stores in my area.  We NEED a sequel, this game is too amazing, won't stop playing it anytime soon.  I'm not all for sequels, but I'd trust these guys to do it right.

NeOmeGamer
NeOmeGamer

All Wizard's Edition sold out worldwide, if this is any indicator I think we have a new franchise.

burgo81
burgo81

yes, yes, yes, my god yes i have paid for my copy of ni no kuni this could be franchise that could relaunch jrpgs

Dezuria
Dezuria

I bought it at a rather high volume Best Buy, and they only got in ONE copy.

Atalalama
Atalalama

Maybe if they could get some copies to stores it'll sell well.

Yeesh.

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

@Xenro4 Dark Cloud is overrated.  Rogue Galaxy would be a MUCH better option were it fixed in a lot of areas, such as more characters being added to the game, more of a typical RPG feel, more bosses, tougher bosses, more monsters, more status ailments, more elemental attacks, much larger planetary exploration areas, more planets, and a MUCH better and more expansive storyline with things like some bigger exploration between the Longardian Federation and its enemy, a nice Zegram and Lilika/Ruruka romance story (and one for Jaster/Jester and Kisala/Kisara, too), more experimentation being done on the laboratory on Alistia, and more of a transition between Jaster/Jester being a lonely desert dweller into being a space pirate and eventual hero of the universe.

LE5LO
LE5LO

Cowlipha: "BRING US MOOOREE!!!!"

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

@Ledah Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch WAS already a sequel to another Ni No Kuni game, namely, Ni No Kuni: The Jet-Black Mage.  Sadly, Level 5 is too lazy to go through the bother of updating that and either porting that to the 3DS or to actually improve on it and make it a prequel for the PS3 title.

LE5LO
LE5LO

@Ledah as I just finished the main game at around 48 hours in I've got to agree, if it's a follow up story in the same universe this one 'Wrath of the White Witch' will be a hard act to follow.

If it does come to be, I hope Level 5 and Studio Ghibli take their time to make a sequel with new characters, Ollie & Drippy's story feels finished. :/

Garnog
Garnog

@killermike567 There are some boss fights in which it is preferable to have the main character do the fighting, mainly because of specific spells needed to cause max damage. You can easily switch back and forth as you like, to suit your play style. Great game.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@killermike567 The main character could also fight if you choose,  however its more likely you will fight with your familiars.  The familiar and the main character share the same health though.

QingJao86
QingJao86

@killermike567 The main character is mainly used as a healer, same with your first ally, haven't found a good use for the 2nd ally in combat yet though.  So mainly use your minions until you need healing.

Gears_0f_L0ve
Gears_0f_L0ve

@Lazy_Marine This is true,  I haven't played a JRPG since FF7,  and now I'm back enjoying the classic style, especially as it feels like a 50+ hour Miyazaki movie.

dom28
dom28

@Lazy_Marine Well it's most certainly true you haven't played JRPG's in a while, because saying Ni No Kuni is single handedly bringing people back to  the JRPG genre is a pretty ignorant statement. The tales series has been gaining a goog bit of popularity as well with tales of graces, not to mention tales of xillia releasing in a few months.

QingJao86
QingJao86

@NeOmeGamer Which seriously sucks as this is the one game I would consider getting a CE for.  Having a real life wizard manual would be A) awesome and B) useful.

R34Vegeta
R34Vegeta

@nathanmaxtro 


Very true.  But games that have a fantastic story line, characters and top notch production values behind it, then it most certainly does need a sequel. 

I haven't played a decent JRPG in YEARS, and this is the first to come along that has a strangle hold on my interests it's that good.  If the genre needed a jump-start after a long hiatus? Well, here you go. 

So i'm definitely hoping this game sells very well and gets greenlighted for a sequel. 

chefstef242
chefstef242

@LE5LO King Tom XIV: One would take pleasure in a sequel involving oneself

killermike567
killermike567

@Garnog @killermike567 hey gar apreciate u getting back to me I can't wait to get this game in the mail

killermike567
killermike567

@Garnog @killermike567 thanks a lot Gar for getting back to me realty apericate it I can't wait to get this game in the mail

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

@Gears_0f_L0ve @Lazy_Marine You're missing out on some good titles for the PS2 and Xbox then, namely Wild Arms 3, Wild Arms 5, Wild Arms: Alter Code F, Legend of Legaia 2: Duel Saga, Rogue Galaxy, Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, Tales of the Abyss (which is also available for the N3DS) and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@dom28 @Lazy_Marine Tales series have been gradually gaining bit of popularity but even they haven't captured imagination like NKN has. It is not an indicator of quality, but just that the overall package is bringing back old JRPG fans. I didn't play a single JRPG last gen and did try FFXIII [liked it, not loved it] but am stoked for NKN.

packtop
packtop

@dom28 @Lazy_Marine 

In the last few months with all the comments i saw about peoples saying they were going to buy a PS3 just for this games and all the peoples who were saying they didn't play any JRPG for years before this one, i don't think he's completely wrong in his statement.

jalisdaboss
jalisdaboss

@R34Vegeta @nathanmaxtro I guess you must have also missed out on Xenoblade Chronicles for the Wii, am I right?  You two would do well to play that game, too.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@R34Vegeta @nathanmaxtro I agree with nathanmaxtro.  Ni No Kuni JUST came out in the US.  They want to make it into a 'series'.

Whatever happened to just telling a story and making a game?  Does every story and game need a sequel?  I don't know what this particular game is like, if it seems like a self-contained story or something with the potential to be a series...

But it's like these industries suck up our money and keep coming back for seconds and thirds.  Look at how many Marvel movies they make anymore.  Look at all of the video games that get sequels within a year or two.

I think more than anything that it's all about the money.  They should only be making sequels if they have good ideas for one, or if they think there's something they could do with new technology that they can't improve upon the original with.  But I think it's more about hurrying up and following through with a sequel to ride the waves of the success of the original.

Furthermore, I think game companies purposely fudge on the first game in the series a bit, so they can come back and add more stuff to a sequel to make it more appealing.  Hopefully that isn't the case with this game.

Soilworkcob
Soilworkcob

@packtop @dom28 @Lazy_Marine This game was the main reason I purchased a PS3. I also purchased Tales of Graces F and I can say Tales of Graces wasn't very good, but Ni No Kuni was worth the purchase of my PS3! Such a great game and I'm glad people are coming back. Truly, Ni No Kuni isn't the greatest JRPG ever made but it's a darn good one. Best in years, really!