Ni No Kuni Remastered Coming to PS4 and PC, Base Game Headed to Switch

A classic last-gen game gets a fresh lease on life for modern systems, as Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch launches this fall.

Yet another of Bandai Namco's many leaks from over the weekend has been confirmed as true: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is being remastered for PlayStation 4 and PC, while the Nintendo Switch is getting a port of the base game.

Both versions are set for a September 20 launch, though the remastered version really isn't all that different from what the Switch is getting, according to Bandai's official press release.

The main differences are framerate and resolution. Where the Switch version will run at 30 frames per second at 720p, the Remastered edition will run at 60 frames per second at 1080p. PS4 Pro owners can choose 4K resolution at 30 fps or 1440p at 60 fps as well.

The Switch version's specs will remain the same in handheld and docked mode.

This is the first time the full Wrath of the White Witch game will appear on a handheld; Japan got an abridged version with some changes for the DS, though it never made it West.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch follows the story of Oliver, a young boy who faces a terrible tragedy shortly after the game begins. With the help of his mysterious, lantern-nosed, Welsh companion Mr. Drippy, Oliver makes his way to a strange new world where he finds he has magical powers — and an unexpected, dangerous foe — as he tries to find a way to rescue his mother from the clutches of death.

The game boasts an incredible art style created by Studio Ghibli and a sweeping soundtrack by Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi, of Spirited Away fame. It also offers a unique gameplay system where players tame and train familiars a la Pokemon and fight alongside them and AI partners in real-time battles.

The story, art, gameplay, and soundtrack combine to make what Bandai considers an "amazing adventure" they want to bring to anyone who has an interest in it. Specifically, Randy Le, Bandai's brand manager, said

A beautiful and compelling tale told by expert storytellers with a heartbreaking score, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch stands alongside the best games of the last generation. We’re excited to let gamers rediscover this rich world on modern systems.

Contributor

Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Jun. 12th 2019

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