If we look back, the year 2013 was sensational for video games; we had BioShock: Infinite, Tomb Raider (yes, that glorious reboot), The Last of Us and nothing less than Grand Theft Auto V. But in PS3In addition to those already mentioned, JRPG lovers received a polished jewel from the Nintendo DS, an exceptional collaboration between LEVEL 5 Y Studio Ghibli, one of the consecrated animation teams. At first sight, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and his elegant white cover made the eyes focus on his beautiful art style, however, it would be his story and curious combination with "catching monsters" that would win the affection of the community.
Is there a game whose beginning gives you the skin ?, For those who write to you, at least in a period of 10 years, that would be Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for PS3. This delivery, despite having a relatively traditional aesthetic, goes further by focusing on animation as another method to engage with the player, instead of just telling a pink story. Ni no Kuni, or rather "The other kingdom"It is precisely a world where everything we know adopts a fantastic form and, in some way, is linked; If someone suffers in one of them, rest assured that you can solve it in the "other world" and vice versa.
A JOURNEY TO THE OTHER KINGDOM
With this logic, the little one Oliver He embarks on a journey to recover his mother when he finds out that he is "the one with a pure heart" who can help both the inhabitants of that land, and be back next to his mom. Those who are familiar with the works of Studio GhibliThey will understand that they have not only generated an impeccable standard regarding the aesthetics of their works, but that they have a unique sensitivity to be able to tell mature stories. In this aspect, LEVEL 5 He reached a new level of narrative by exposing a small child to atypical situations, where he himself wonders the motivations behind evil – which takes different forms – as well as a possibility that makes him a brave little magician.
Wrath of the White Witch It is an RPG that combines a command scheme for the characters, at the same time that the player is able to move in a small scenario in each encounter. When facing other creatures, Oliver It has a window of opportunity to collect health and / or magic points, as well as use commands to protect against unblockable attacks. This is, perhaps, one of the key points of Ni no Kuni, since all these actions are carried out through the command menu.
Thus, the game forces you not only to be very fast and learn to exchange the characters sensibly, but the timing You must be very careful. When Oliver or any of the combatants do feats in battle – like a counter or cover you at the right time -, an orb of golden light will come out on stage and, when touched, our character will make a Miracle Movement, that is, a special and super powerful technique that will be vital in battles against bosses.
Oliver He is a magician and, as such, has the help of Drippy, who wakes up to the need of this little one and serves as a guide. Likewise, Oliver will have to collect the pages of a Almanac, which allows you to solve puzzles and continue with your progress, as well as decipher enemy weaknesses, resource management, among other options. Natural way, Oliver will find help on the way to the rescue of his mother, although much of the diversity of the game lies in catching creatures called Family members, which can evolve, improve, equip weapons, armor and others, a vital element in Ni no Kuni.
While at the time it was compared a lot with Pokemon –With their respective differences–, the work is more supportive in combat, since Oliver, Esther, Swaine and company have a more traditional role. However, these Family members they have assigned elements, where the player can switch between them and control in real time, then use "Metamorphosis" (its equivalent to Evolution) and losing or adopting other characteristics.
Ni no Kuni it also allows you to improve the statistics of Family members through foods such as sweets, cakes and other desserts, which go hand in hand with a Satisfaction system for each of them. Similarly, Oliver can learn to cook and create new objects through a Cauldron (in the style of Dragon quest) that adds some complexity to the game. Despite this section, Ni no Kuni sins by making their progress not so fluid and forcing the player to make grinding very often; In this version, by only offering new graphic options, the experience is hindered as it was six years ago.
AND THE IMPROVEMENTS, ‘APÁ?
We cannot talk about this version without talking about the tweaks it has received. While Wrath of the White Witch surprised at the time, those who enjoyed the original version will find not only a game that has aged with dignity, but practically looks like a production of 2019. With the above, we mean that his style cel shading retouched looks beautiful and, together, the image you have on the screen looks flawless most of the time.
For those who play in PS4 (we play it in PS4 Pro), they will find that Ni no Kuni It is displayed at 1080p, 60 frames per second, while in PS4 Pro There are two performance options: 4K at 30 frames per second or 1440p at 60 frames per second. In our opinion, the game is enjoyed in both ways, although the change in kinematics – at 30 frames per second – and back from 60 frames per second might not have the same fluidity.
On the other hand, Wrath of the White Witch it is not perfect, since in some scenarios (at sea, for example) it suffers from screen tearing, while certain sequences have saw cuts that subtract some – little – points from the final presentation. To slightly refresh our memory, let's dust off our version of PS3 to realize how beautiful that version still looks, although together, the PS4 version is even more cohesive and ends up falling in love with the pupil. As far as his music is concerned, it is as precious and erring as you remembered it; performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and composed of Joe Hisaishi (recognized for his work with Studio Ghibli), he has beautiful melodies that also contrast with the sweetness of his characters. This soundtrack is to remember and its main theme will leave you marked!
Out of these performance options, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered It goes back to that beautiful 2013 and its history that would steal our hearts. As a note, the version available for Nintendo Switch it does not have graphic improvements and has been managed as a port of that version for PS3.
How does the version of Switch?
What's up friends? Here I sneak into Miss Pam's review to tell you a little about how Ni no Kuni works: Wrath of the White White Witch in his version for the Nintendo Switch. I hope that the impressions serve them and of course, invite them to see our gameplay that annexes a little below. Greetings to all.
As I have always said, the healthiest thing you can do is to doubt the ports that leave to Switch, especially of titles released long ago, because on more than one occasion, we have had to see disastrous works from which we must move away.
Fortunately and despite all the doubts I had, this is not the case of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White White Witch. It is clear to me that Bandai Namco safe together with Level-5, took special care on how they would take their jewel to the Nintendo hybrid console. The results of this are sensational. The decision to trace the version of PS3 in the SwitchIt was undoubtedly the correct and even better, it was executed as it should.
Mind you, it is important to emphasize that unlike the PS4 version, here we are not talking about a remastering, but about a port as is of the original version of the title. See it displayed at 720p running at 30 stable frames in the portable mode of the Switch, it is a real delight, in addition to that when you put the console in the Dock to watch it on TV, a very decent scaling is done. I am still impressed that we have games of these dimensions to be able to take them anywhere.
If you planned to enter this wonderful RPG in the Switch, I would tell you that you can do it without any fear.
A MEMORY WORTHY TO LIVE IN YOUR KOKORO
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch He has aged extraordinarily, it would be worth saying that he is still as valid as six years ago. This version Remastered It has some presentation details, but that show that collaboration between LEVEL 5 Y Studio Ghibli It should be appreciated in a year where many other deliveries focus on making a photorealistic experience.
Among the various JRPG, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch It shines for its charming personality and a story that will steal your heart, at the same time as its system of Family members Add a dash of diversity to your gameplay that, for many, will not convince you. While the progress is still intact – yes, from time to time it becomes very “talachoso” -, this is an adventure that every gamer should enjoy in any of his presentations.
There are games capable of touching your heart and leaving a mark; Y Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch It is one of them. Your version Remastered is already available for PS4 Y PC (more a port for Nintendo Switch) from September 20.