Seriously. Just look at these Ni No Kuni screenshots and try not to drool:

Ni No Kuni - Gorgeous PS3 Game

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More screenshots at IGN here and the game’s English trailer is here.

Ni No Kuni has been out in Japan since last November, but sadly the game’s Western release has been delayed as Kotaku reports:

Originally scheduled to appear later this year, publishers Namco Bandai have pushed the game’s American release back to 2013 (it was originally “Winter 2012”, ie December). In doing so, it should be out at the same time as the European version, which was always due in early 2013 anyways.

(via Kotaku)

I’m a big fan of Level 5 games, which are always high quality. This one’s definitely going on my short list of must buy PS3 games for next year.

The story of Ni no Kuni revolves around thirteen-year-old Oliver, a resident of Hotroit City, whose mother, Arie, suddenly dies after rescuing him from drowning. A doll, given to Oliver by his mother, is brought to life from his tears and reveals itself to be a male fairy named Shizuku, who gives Oliver a book that allows him to use the power of magic and enter the world of “Ni no Kuni,” a reality parallel to his own. In Ni no Kuni, Shizuku says, Oliver may be able to find his mother, Arie. Using the newfound power of magic, Oliver and Shizuku venture into Ni no Kuni. There, he befriends Maru, Gyro, and other alternate versions of people (and animals) he knows.

There is also a DS version of the game, but from what I hear it’s a different animal. Besides, a game as beautiful as Ni No Kuni deserves the big screen high-def treatment.