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.
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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