Ni no Kuni book of spells

Ni no Kuni DS: DS games never released in the West

Remember how I wrote about Fantasy Life, and that I’d waited since 2010 for it to be released in the West? Here’s another one that I’ve had my eye in since the first news appeared in 2009: Ni no Kuni.

The game is a collaboration between Level-5 and the animation company Studio Ghibli. I know, some of you will no doubt have played the game on the PS3 by now, because it did get localized for that. But, due to the hefty book of spells that comes with the game, it was never released here for the DS. I guess localizing it would be too much trouble?

Anyway, I’ve finally got my Japanese copy today!! The book looks amazing, and I can’t wait to give it a try.




Here’s a synopsis of what the game is about:

Ni no Kuni puts players in the role of a 13-year-old boy whose mother dies as a result of his actions. This, obviously, leaves the boy very sad. One day, a fairy appears before the boy and gives him a book which promises to lead him to the mysterious world of Ni no Kuni.

In this world, which exists in a different time frame from the real world, the boy attempts to save his mother. The world of Ni no Kuni actually runs parallel to the real world. Players will be able to travel between the two. Characters who appear in one world appear in the other as well, but with different roles.

This could be an emotional game, after all, wouldn’t we all want the chance to save someone we loved so very much and lost?


  1. Oh my, this edition is gorgeous! I love when games include such huge booklets filled with art and data. I’ve had my eye on Ni no Kuni for quite some time, but your post definitely convinced me to buy it! It’s such a pity that this game was never released in the West; I’m sure it would have found an eager audience there. But how knows, Ni no Kuni may be ported on the 3ds and find its way to our shores! I certainly hope for it! 😀

    1. Well, I can tell you: the book that comes with the game is a marvel to see. I guess only book lovers can understand, but even though I can hardly read anything, it’s really a must have! One of the first things I checked on the library for the Vita if perhaps the Playstation version was ported to the Vita, but alas!

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