Namco Bandai conjure Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard’s Edition
Namco Bandai Games has announced a collector’s edition for PS3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch dubbed the Wizard’s Edition. It should be a prize for whoever can say that clearly five times fast!
It is exclusive to North American, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa and will be a limited run but due to it being in so many areas of the world, let’s hope that we can secure a copy before they run out.
It will be launched alongside the standard version of the game on January 25th, 2013 across the areas listed above, two days after North America receives the standard version, and will retail for only $99.99. You can currently pre-order exclusively at the Namco Bandai Shop.
The Wizard’s Edition will include a 300+ page hardback physical copy based on the in-game book that Oliver carries with him, The Wizard’s Companion, and will have an in-depth bestiary, item descriptions, spells, history of the Ni No Kuni world and, I assume, concept art as they’ll be missing something big if they don’t include beautiful Studio Ghibli artwork.
Also included will be a plush doll of Drippy, Oliver’s guide in his adventure, and the exclusive DLC familiars “golden mite” and “golden drongo”. Participating retailers will also provide two more exclusive familiars, “flutterby” and “griffy” who have been developed for the western release.
For those of you who haven’t heard of the game, it is developed by LEVEL-5, a critically acclaimed Japanese studio, whilst the cut-scenes and animations have been supervised by Studio Ghibli, the world renowned Japanese studio that created great films such as Spirited Away, Ponyo and Princess Mononoke.
Ni No Kuni follows a young boy named Oliver who journeys in to another world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Although the game is aimed at all ages, I can only imagine that the story will be deep and mature as previous works from Studio Ghibli and LEVEL-5 are.
I hope it sells well as it is joining an ever growing crowd of games that are being released in the first quarter of 2013. Will you be picking either edition up? Let us know in the comments below…