Ninokuni: The Another World (Ghibli + Level 5 RPG) coming to PS3

OK this looks amazing. Might be the first JRPG I buy since FF10.

Any idea if it's going to be avail. for digital download on PSN?

Farscry wrote:
juv3nal wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Yeah, as far as Miyazaki goes, it's probably him, Kurosawa, and maybe Yasujiro Ozu that are the big directors that influenced Japanese cinema (and world cinema to a degree, especially Kurosawa). At any rate, in my view, those are the people that I would bow down to in admiration.

I dunno, man, Miyazaki has certainly done more, but Grave of the Fireflies is what takes Ghibli past a Disney or a Pixar in that it's the kind of subject matter the latter 2 haven't tried for.

No sh*t. That movie was soulwrenching.

I strongly, strongly recommend it for everyone, but with the caveat that you need to not be in a dark place in your life emotionally when you do.

This is the only movie I'd place in my top 5 favorite films of all time that I never want to see again. If you haven't seen it, I too urge you to give it a try.

I first saw it in college with 9 guys. We decided to have an anime marathon, and picked this up without knowing anything about it along with 4-5 other tapes (I am old). We watched this one first. The room full of college students all set for some goofy anime fun sat silent and rapt for the entire film, followed by quiet discussion about the movie for hours afterwards. The other tapes went back the next day without being touched.

El-Producto wrote:

Any idea if it's going to be avail. for digital download on PSN?

Yes. I believe it's Day One digital on PSN.

EDIT:

Hyperbole Theater and such, but this closing comment from RPGLand's review got me seriously pumped.

"Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch feels like the second coming of 16-bit RPG classics, with a breathtaking Studio Ghibli exterior and a sublime orchestral soundtrack. The pacing is impeccable. It never slows down, never waivers in the amount of excellence it packs into its experience. There is no “that one part” or “that one dungeon” that drags it down. It turns on the charm, the entertainment, and the fun from the first hours, and doesn’t turn them off throughout the entire duration of the sixty hours you’ll probably spend finishing it. Exploring the world map never gets old, the battle system stays thrilling, and the characters are lovable. Nothing about this game is phoned in. It contains the same elements and same spirit that made so many of us fall in love with the genre in the first place. It doesn’t have a complicated, emotional, life-changing message or story, but it doesn’t have to. It touches a deep vein of nostalgia and childlike wonder."

Going over various reviews, I've been reading a lot of repeated references to 16-bit JRPG nostalgia wrapped in modernized systems and presentation, and this is exactly the snuggly-warm gaming blanket that I'm in the mood for right now. Can’t explain it, but it feels like a perfect fit for the cold winter months.

Bring it.

That sounds like everything that combined to make me love Dragon Quest 8 far more than I ever expected to. And that was my single favorite game of the PS2/XBox/Gamecube generation.

Oh man, this game cannot get here fast enough.

If I didn't have one by now, I would have bought a PS3 just for this game.

9/10 from Eurogamer. For anyone who needs more convincing.

Farscry wrote:

If I didn't have one by now, I would have bought a PS3 just for this game.

...

I'm really looking forward to this game which I haven't been able to say about any game for a long time...and going to go back through my catalogue of movies to keep me held over till then now thanks to this thread making me want to go back and watch them all again.

Blind_Evil wrote:

... :(

All joking aside, can't you just borrow a friend's PS3 to play the game?

Might beat the burdon of a console/game investment.

Aaron D. wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

... :(

All joking aside, can't you just borrow a friend's PS3 to play the game?

Might beat the burdon of a console/game investment.

If I lived closer I'd certainly be happy to loan mine out, but I'm not comfortable shipping it cross-country. I also wasn't meaning to rub it in, Blind_Evil.

Farscry wrote:

I also wasn't meaning to rub it in, Blind_Evil. :(

(Don't worry Farscry, I'll take up that cause )

You know, blind...I can always just live stream myself playing the game and you can hold a controller in your hand while you watch. It's basically the same as having the console and the game together, yeah?

Seriously though...We need to figure out a way to get you a PS3

CptDomano wrote:
Farscry wrote:

I also wasn't meaning to rub it in, Blind_Evil. :(

(Don't worry Farscry, I'll take up that cause )

You know, blind...I can always just live stream myself playing the game and you can hold a controller in your hand while you watch. It's basically the same as having the console and the game together, yeah?

Oh, that's just MEAN.

Can't you see the man is suffering?!

CptDomano wrote:

You know, blind...I can always just live stream myself playing the game and you can hold a controller in your hand while you watch. It's basically the same as having the console and the game together, yeah? :D

Hey, if it's an old-school 16-bit JRPG, he'd only need to hit X to select "Attack" anyway, right?

Tyrian wrote:

Oh, that's just MEAN.

Can't you see the man is suffering?!

Yeah, I know--I'm just trying to help a friend out!

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The new white PS3 is coming at the end of the month. I'm sure he'll cave and get it.

I'm gonna buy one guys, worry not. Just didn't want to give Clocky the smug pleasure by saying so.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I'm gonna buy one guys, worry not. Just didn't want to give Clocky the smug pleasure by saying so.

This makes me immeasurably happy. Can I borrow the game and console when you're done?

juv3nal wrote:

I dunno, man, Miyazaki has certainly done more, but Grave of the Fireflies is what takes Ghibli past a Disney or a Pixar in that it's the kind of subject matter the latter 2 haven't tried for.

Looks like Grave of the Fireflies isn't on Netflix streaming. Nor is Princess Mononoke, another Ghibli title that appears at the top of many lists. I've got Spirited Away on DVD, so I didn't bother looking for it.

Outside of that, I'm not sure of what to search for. I'm in the mood for a Ghibli movie this weekend in anticipation for Ni No Kuni, but it has to be on Netflix Instant.

Anyone have any leads? I'm open to a non-Ghibli movie if it's in the same spirit, but I'm not versed in the genre classics (outside of Akira).

Aaron D. wrote:

Anyone have any leads? I'm open to a non-Ghibli movie if it's in the same spirit, but I'm not versed in the genre classics (outside of Akira).

I don't know how to check what's available on netflix instant, but you basically can't go wrong with anything directed by Miyazaki on this list. (also Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)

Ponyo used to be on Netflix streaming, but it appears to have been taken off. I don't find any in Instant Watch now.

Here's a list to look for.

Thanks, gang.

As I suspected, there are no Studio Ghibli titles available for instant streaming (though many have DVD versions available for shipping).

Strikes me as odd, given that Ghibli is considered top-shelf material.

But aren't the US distribution rights owned by Disney? They've only started to let some of their stuff back onto Netflix Instant.

Farscry wrote:

If I didn't have one by now, I would have bought a PS3 just for this game.

I basically got a PS3 for Blu-Ray and because this game was coming. Only thing I have for it so far is NHL 13 and Ico/Shadow of the Colossus remaster.

Ranger Rick wrote:
Farscry wrote:

If I didn't have one by now, I would have bought a PS3 just for this game.

I basically got a PS3 for Blu-Ray and because this game was coming. Only thing I have for it so far is NHL 13 and Ico/Shadow of the Colossus remaster. :)

That's actually quite similar to my reasons.

I chiefly wanted a Blu-Ray player. I did some looking around, realized the PS3 actually has a pretty nice one, and still had a nice selection of current and upcoming exclusives I wouldn't mind playing. So I picked one up, and have been very happy with the purchase.

The 360 is still my primary platform for cross-platform releases for two reasons: bigger and more stable online playerbase, and I prefer the controller.

However, I really do like the PS3, its online shop is nice and it is my media home (I use it for Blu-Rays, Netflix, and renting movies online via either Amazon or the PSN shop). I picked up the Ico / Shadow of the Colossus remaster, and am getting a few more, plus the Uncharted games.

I won't lie: Ni No Kuni was a major factor in my interest in the system, even as far back as last spring.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

I'm gonna buy one guys, worry not. Just didn't want to give Clocky the smug pleasure by saying so.

This makes me immeasurably happy. Can I borrow the game and console when you're done? ;)

Emphatically no!

I did some soul-searching (read: looked at wikipedia) and came up with 12 or so PS3 exclusives in addition to Ni No Kuni I would like to play. On top of that, I would prefer playing PS1 games on my TV rather than my Vita, and owning a PS3 enhances the Vita's functionality (it kind of needs it!) That's enough to justify the purchase at this point.

Took you long enough to cave.

I now have next week off.

garion333 wrote:

Took you long enough to cave.

Six years, I agree!