Return to Ding Dong Dell in Ni No Kuni II’s launch trailer

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After some delays, painfully gorgeous JRPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is hurtling towards us on Friday. A JRPG that we don’t need to wait months, or even years, to play after it launches on console. What bizarre times we live in. But also wonderful, if Level-5 can match the first Ni No Kuni. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for our review, but in the meantime cram this launch trailer into your eyeballs.

There’s a lot that’s familiar, from a boy wizard protagonist to people crossing between worlds, but there are some notable differences too. It’s not a collaboration between Level-5 and Studio Ghibli this time, though a former Ghibli character designer, Yoshiyuki Momose, and composer Joe Hisaishi, a frequent Ghibli collaborator, have reprised their roles.

The most obvious change since we last pottered around in Ding Dong Dell is the transformation of the combat system. In Ni No Kuni Sr. we could nurture wee beasties and summon them in battle to fight for us in a sort of real-time Pokemon brawl. This time the Pokemon are out and the Pikmin are in.

Higgledies are cute elemental spirits that can be used in battle and exploration, and you can see them scurrying around the battlefield. Interact with them when they create a circle and you’ll be able to take advantage of their special powers. They even look a little bit like the helpful seedlings from the Nintendo series. Otherwise you’ll still be able to use melee and magical abilities with your chosen character.

You’ll be able to command your horde of adorable elemental creatures on March 23, and keep an eye out for our review over the next few days. Ni No Kuni II will be on Steam and the Humble Store for £49.99/$59.99/€59.99.

8 Comments

  1. NuclearSword says:

    Well, I’ll be returning on Playstation, but I am quite looking forward to it regardless :)

    I’m certain I’ll regret my decision to go console as soon as some modder puts in Sonic the Hedgehog though, just like with Dragon Ball FighterZ :P

  2. stadja says:

    Will there be a yellow fairy that will spoli the whole expérience while i’ll be playing and giving me hints that help me not thinking while revolving puzzle like in the first one ?

  3. emertonom says:

    It would have been nice to get Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PC before getting Ni No Kuni 2. I heard good things about it, but I never got to play it.

    • ruineer says:

      You might get it on playstation now someday, if you fancy that service. Also the two games’ Storys, while playing in the same world, are kind of unrelated to each other, at least from what I read so far.

  4. durrbluh says:

    I enjoyed Ghibli’s stuff when I was a youth and it’d be neat to play a game with their artstyle that was decent, but I’m not suffering through a primary character with voice acting like that.

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