Ni No Kuni PS3 Screens AddedGet a glimpse of Studio Ghibli goodness.08.29.11 - 1:50 AM
Level-5's Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Sehai no Joou
(Queen of the Holy White Ash) for the PS3 follows the same story as the DS Ni no Kuni
, which saw release last year. The PS3 game, however, introduced new characters and maps. 13-year old Oliver, grieving his mother's death, sheds tears that falls onto a doll named Shizuku - a gift from his mother. In true Studio Ghibli fashion, Shizuku comes to life and reveals himself to be a fairy from the world of Ni no Kuni - an alternate world where it's possible for Oliver to revive his mother. In order to do so, he has to defeat Jabo, a threat to this world.
Some of the characters Oliver meets exist in both worlds, but as very different beings. In Oliver's world, Shelly is a frail blonde girl in Oliver's world, but is healthy and loves to sing in Ni no Kuni - where she's known as Maru. The neighbor's cat Frank is King Nyandahal the 14th of Goronul. Queen Kaura of Babanasia has an endless appetite in the alternate world - but in real life, Layla delivers your milk.
Oliver will also come across the titular character, Queen Reinas of Ash, who has been watching him and whose real form is a mystery. And then there are two more fairies, Pucci (sounds like one of those fake Italian brands...) and Nico. You'll encounter them in the Doton Forest - one of the PS3 game's new areas.
You'll be able to find a number of new screens and a couple of pieces of artwork in the (revamped) gallery below. Ni no Kuni for the PS3 releases in Japan on November 17th.