PARIS, FRANCE - 1 February 2013 – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. today announced that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ has shipped to retailers in Europe and Australasia, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. This epic tale of a boy named Oliver crossing two realities on a quest to save his mother combines the talents of three of Japan’s most respected entertainment entities, LEVEL-5, Studio Ghibli, and Joe Hisaishi, to create what will be one of 2013’s most enchanting and unique video gaming experiences.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is developed by LEVEL-5, the studio behind the smash hits Dragon Quest VIII, Dragon Quest IX, and the Professor Layton series. LEVEL-5 collaborated with the legendary Studio Ghibli to create the cut-scenes in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch . Studio Ghibli is world renowned for creating memorable anime masterpieces including My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. The in-game music was composed by Joe Hisaishi the famed composer of musical scores for over 100 films including many of Studio Ghibli’s greatest productions and was performed by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra.
To celebrate the launch of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch players connecting to the PlayStation®Network will receive, for free, two exclusive familiars developed especially for the Western release: Draggle and Golden Hurly.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available now; exclusively for the PlayStation®3system with both English and Japanese voiceovers included as well as French, Italian, German and Spanish texts at retailers and on the PlayStation®Store.
The original soundtrack of the game composed by Joe Hisaishi can be purchased worldwide exclusively at Wayô Records shop.wayorecords.net. It includes all 33 tracks from the game on 2 discs plus a bonus collector’s item: 20-page booklet featuring artworks, lyrics and background information.
LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship Professor Layton series has shipped over 12 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped over 3.65 million units worldwide. In 2010, the company began a collaboration with the academy award winning Studio Ghibli (to create the animated movies) and composer/director Joe Hisaishi (to supervise the music) that resulted in the development and release of Ni no Kuni for the Nintendo DS™ system. This collaboration is currently continuing to work together on the PlayStation®3 system version of Ni no Kuni, which has had a multitude of new elements added to make it a brand new title in its own right. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Santa Monica, California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content for platforms including all major video game consoles and PC, with marketing and sales operations in 50 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN™, Tekken™, SOULCALIBUR™, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA™, RIDGE RACER™ and ACE COMBAT™. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.eu or www.facebook.com/namcobandaigames.europe.