Ni No Kuni Demo Date Revealed

Anime and gaming fans rejoice for in just a few short days one of next year’s most impressive looking JRPG’s could be on your PS3, or at least a small section of it. Yes, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Studio Ghibli’s first video game, will be getting a demo on December 5th in the UK.

Developed by Level-5 and published by Namco Bandai, the game follows a young boy named Oliver who travels to another world in an attempt to rescue his deceased mother. The game blends classic Studio Ghibli Anime cutscenes, a battle system that the Buzz staff were very impressed with when we last tried it and an incredible soundtrack.

The demo, which hits the North American PSN store on December 4th, features two sections which have been previously shown off at the London MCM Expo. The first section sees you fighting the guardian of a forest, and the second section sees you and a female party member called Maru being told that in three minutes, not counting time spent in battles, a volcano is going to erupt and that you need to scale a mountain and stop that from happening.

Along the path up the mountain you will see several creatures roaming the map. Battles are either triggered when you make contact with a monster, or when they make contact with you (if they catch you from behind there will be a short window of time in which you can’t defend yourself from their attacks).

The battles are real time and allow you to free roam the battlefeild. At the start of the battle you have the choice of which of your party members you wish to directly control (there are two playable in this section, but your party can contain up to three members at a time) and whether to fight as the character or one of their Familiars. Familars are collectable creatures which you can summon to fight on your behalf, name, independently level up and tailor to suit your situation.

MCMBuzz were recently able to spend some time with the retail version of the game, which you’ll be able to read about on the site soon. Have you tried the game at an event? Will you be downloading the demo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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