ESRB ratings are hardly confirmation of video games becoming a reality, but we're hoping that this latest one is. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is the colourful follow-up to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (which came to Switch in 2019 after widespread critical success), and recently, a few eagle-eyed journalists have noticed that an ESRB rating for the sequel on Switch has appeared.
So, what does this mean? Well, we can't exactly say. Ni No Kuni II came out on PC and PlayStation 4 back in 2018, developed by Level-5, the makers of Professor Layton and Fantasy Life, and given that the first game already exists on the Switch, it would make sense to publish the sequel, too. Level-5, however, has since pulled back from making games in the West, "virtually halting" their production in North America.
So, while we're unlikely to get new Level-5 stuff, Ni No Kuni II has already been localised (and brilliantly) and will just need porting over to the Nintendo Switch's system, something that will probably involve an external porting house.
Still, games usually take a few months to go from ESRB rating to publication, since getting a rating usually means that you have a playable version of the game, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements.
$60 for a non new game again?
I saw the pinned image, and at first glance was like "whoa, Lisa SImpson?" Then I actually read the title.
@TeamRocket47 Haha, same here. I thought it was some kind of fanart or
something similar to a funko product.
Sweet! I still need to play the first one. 😬
@TeamRocket47 That little thing is called Lofty. Like Drippy in the first game, they cast a Welsh actor to voice it in the English dub. Owain Arthur got the gig.
If it’s truly a possibility, then I am truly excited. I love the first game— the opening scene brought me to tears. So expecting the second to be bigger and better. I’ve honestly been holding out playing it because I want it on Switch so this will fall right in line with my plans.
@Alienfreaks04 The good news is that Bandai Namco games tend to get discounted over time. I think I paid $30 for a physical copy of the first game at Target.
Personally i think the story of the first one was far superior. But graphics, gameplay, music and literally everything else is better in 2
I got the impression that Ni No Kuni wasn't selling well on Switch. It's always deeply discounted. But I guess it's doing well enough to port the sequel.
Been waiting for this to come to Switch after enjoying the 1st one.
@TeamRocket47 There hasn't been a non-mobile Simpsons game in a while, has there? Perhaps "Hit and Rerun" is due...
I thought Lisa SImpson !! 😅
Already played it on PC, don't really feel the need to buy it again.
It's fun, but it's nowhere near as good as the original. The town building/RTS/random dungeons were really unnecessary, and the DLC wasn't great either.
@Noid : I think The Simpsons Game was the last one, released back in 2007. It's almost shocking to think that was a whole 14 years ago!
At this point in the show's unfortunate history, I'd rather they didn't make any new games, especially now that they are recasting certain characters to appease the perpetually indignant after 32 years on the air without issue, and that would likely carry over to any future games.
As much as I would like straight barebones ports of classic Simpsons games (especially Road Rage, Hit & Run) I doubt they would leave those alone either.
As painful as the last two decades of The Simpsons have been, I dread to contemplate the sorry state in which the show will someday end.
I'd love to see it. I still haven't gotten to play the first one but I did get it around Black Friday. I'd also love to see Yokai Watch 4 get localized and the 3DS games (including the spinoffs) ported to the Switch.
Why is Lisa Simpson a character in this game?
Would be nice to see but personally thought this sequel was a massive step backwards compared to the first. Plus without the Studio Ghibli involvement it falls flat on design and story.
Shame we won't likely see anything new in the series unless Bamco get a new studio involved, and even then without Studio Ghibli it won't match any of its potential.
@Purgatorium a lot of the time it’s on sale is because Bandai Namco tends to do studio wide sales where they discount their whole Switch catalog. Among those sales it tends to sell quite well 👌
I just bought it on ps4 but I would buy it again.
Also just bought it on ps4 in the spring sale. I bought the first game for ps3 and switch, but I’m not sure I’d do the same with the second
In my case it's still "Ni I Won't Buy Kuni" anyway
Well, that's a good news. 😀
But, i have decided to consider the PS4 version for both Ni no Kuni games with 60 fps and English version already available.
I hope it comes to Switch, the first game was great. I got it on sale and it was honestly worth the full asking price (as opposed to the sale price I paid), imo.
@accc @Foaad @roy130390 @TeamRocket47
My first thought was Ponyo. But now I see Lisa Simpson + Ponyo mixed.
Yay! I played through the first Ni No Kuni game on PS4 last year and absolutely loved it. I own the sequel, but I just haven't gotten around to playing it yet. It's good to see such a wonderful series reach more audiences.
Please please be true!
3 years later? for 60 bucks i guess? please lol. you could get this game for as cheap as 15 bucks on the other platforms at times, why the hell would people buy this at like triple the price, for what will essentially a downgraded version.
Also don't tell me they needed 3 years to figure this out, i call bs.
why not get stuff like scarlet nexus up and running? Now, THAT would be worth paying the price
I’m excited for this. I had missed out on both games upon their original release. Finally picked up Ni No Kuni once it hit Switch and I loved it. Will totally be picking the sequel up as well.
This needs to come to Switch...especially since the first game sold fairly well (particularly during its many sales). I can see Level-5 allowing another company to publish it in the west.
They did such a good job porting the first game...I'm just hoping it's a well known port powerhouse doing this one as well. Let's hope
"...since getting a rating usually means that you have a playable version of the game,..."
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Ni no Kuni II is a Namco game and since Nintendo and Namco are still in good terms, I expect this game and DBZ Kakarot will come to Switch in due time. Digital E3 2021 should confirm both probably.
Awesome news. Now for the Yokai Watch 4/1 announcement....
Don't worry, I'll wait... 😉
If level 5 can release this , they can definitely release yo kai watch 4 for the west. The fans are dying for a new game
@Alienfreaks04 it will probably have a ton of sales like the first game does I got that one for just $15 when it was on sale during Christmas
According to reviews and impressions, the second game seemed an overall much lesser experience than the stellar first game.
We loved the first game in my gaming household so I would still take the second one, absolutely
Decent JRPG, but I also thought the original was superior in basically every way. Hope it does come to Switch and finds some new life though.
@Casual_Gamer95 because like me, they don't own multiple platforms to play games on. I know that's hard to understand when you're not an adult but I'd much rather pay a "Switch tax" or wait for a discount rather than not being able to play at all or until I can get another console. It's a privlege & luxury to own multiple ways to play video games. I'm happy that you have the means to scoff at such things but your reaction to this kinda shows a lack of maturity & awareness of others. It's especially ironic considering the user name you chose.
@VrginX I can only hope that the discounted re-releases in Japan mean anything to us.
I have the game on PC, and it's okay, but story is really mediocre and kiddy. The first Ni No Kuni is much better.
Absolutely love this series so hopefully it comes over.
Didn't know that Level-5, pulled back from making games in the West, that's sad news for me, love japanese games
@Ghost_of_Hasashi they are on good terms, but i don't see Soul Calibur V on Switch
I would buy it, as it seems better than the first game, which I liked a lot.
Don't read or watch "reviews" of this game, as you'd just be wasting your time. The only way to know how good an obscure RPG is is to play it.
This series piques my interest (it looks so beautiful and unique in it's art style, shoutout Studdio Ghibli & Level 5), but I remember playing a demo of the first Ni No Kuni wayback in the day on PS3 and I wasn't feeling the Pokémon type battle aspect of catching monsters. I prefer a good cast of characters and steady crew that remains and grows with you rather than chasing the next strongest monster to join.
That's the small sense I got from it initially anyway. I heard the sequel Ni No Kuni 2 is more like a traditional JRPG though which is much more my vibe (despite the consensus seemingly being most fans & critics liking 1 better than 2).
Is any of this accurate? I might be interested for the right price.
@GalacticBreakdown i'm not a kid tho. I'm past 25 and yes i still think this whole "pay full price for a downgraded version years later" tactic is complete bs. People that own a switch and nothing else are the minority among switch owners. You may buy it because you don't have a ps4 but more than half the switch install base has access to orher platforms.
@Silly_G You know what's even more sad. If movie studios are going to no longer want talented white men and women voicing indignant characters in cartoons and anime to pleas the faceless ill temper minority SJW and Wokes then means they have stop allowing talented black men and women and other minorities voicing animated characters that white skin in cartoons and anime.
@Silly_G Uh hello are you going to respond back to my message?
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