Review: Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered


Travel Between Parallels Worlds

Ni No Kuni is easily one of my favorite games from the last generation alongside big hitters like Red Dead Redemption and The Last of Us. The game was initially released as a DS title exclusive for Japan in which got a PS3 remake a year later. With Studio Ghibli producing the game’s animated cutscenes and game graphics, it carried that charm that the Ghibli movies hold. Not only that, but with the game being written and produced by Akihiro Hino, who was responsible for other projects like the Dark Cloud series, I had so much to be excited about.

During this year’s E3, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was revealed to be remastered for PC and PS4 while the PS3 version was going to be ported for Nintendo Switch. It was excited, especially having the opportunity to replay such a beautiful game on current gen systems as well as play a game this large on the go—a feat that you can praise about any game on the Switch.

Ni No Kuni tells the story of Oliver, a young boy that resides in Motorville. That evening, he sneaks out to play with a new vehicle designed by his friend Philip. However, Oliver falls into the water almost drowns. His mother suspecting, he was up to something during the day, she finds out Oliver was not in his room and looks for him. While looking for him, she finds out that he was drowning and saves him. Unfortunately, after saving Oliver, she immediately dies from heart problems.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered (PlayStation 4, Windows, Nintendo Switch)
Developer: Level-5
Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
Released: September 19, 2019
MSRP: $49.99

Days have passed and while Oliver thinks about his mother, he cries with his tears cause his doll, a gift from his mother, to come to life and reveal itself as a fairy named Drippy, who tells Oliver that he is from another world where an evil wizard named Shadar took control. Drippy reveals to Oliver that their world is parallel thus each person on each world are connected as soulmates.

He also reveals that his mother looks very much like a great sage, Alicia, who was captured by Shadar. Realizing that Alicia must have been Allie's soulmate, Oliver sets out with Drippy to travel to the other world and rescue Alicia in the hope that doing so will bring Allie back in his world.

This game being a remaster or a straight port depending on what version you play; the gameplay is intact from the PS3 version. My favorite part about it remains the familiars that you capture and can summon during battle, like other Level-5 projects as well as Pokemon. In all my playthroughs, I had the habit of naming them after a group friends, which kept it fun.

The game has aged pretty well despite that it came out 9 years ago as well. Exploring the world is always fun, despite the constant enemy encounters. I don't really remember if the original copy had any loading problems but it's nonexistent in this version. So despite the constant enemy encounters, while annoying, they can be swift if you defeat them with the right team. 

Regardless of what version you plan get, the game is worth revisiting just by its charming world alone. While both the PS4 version and PC version offer a better experience due the improved performance and visuals, being able to take the game on the go has been a plus for me as well. If this is your first experience with the first Ni No Kuni game, then you can’t go wrong getting this wonderful game.

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Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered reviewed by Christian Chiok



Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures



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