Everything You Need To Know About Ni No Kuni Remastered

This week, the charming role-playing game Ni no Kuni will come to three new platforms. On two of those platforms it’ll be all fancy and remastered, and on the third it’ll be portable. Here’s everything you need to know about this new release.

What’s a “Ni no Kuni”?

Good question. Ni no Kuni is a gorgeous JRPG made by developer Level-5 in conjunction with the iconic anime house Studio Ghibli. It came to North America in 2013 for PlayStation 3, and I loved it to death. The story is cute, the production values are top-notch, and the game is full of charming flourishes that make it all flow very nicely, although the combat can feel a little tedious at times.

And there’s a remaster out this week?

Yep, Ni no Kuni Remastered Edition comes out Friday for PS4 and PC. This remastered version doesn’t add anything new to the game but does promise enhanced graphics — 1080p and 60 frames per second on a normal PS4, with options for 4K/30fps or 1440p/60fps on PS4 Pro. It also includes all the DLC from the PS3 version.

How does it run?

Not bad. I’ve played about 30 minutes of the PS4 version (on a normal PS4) and it seems to run at 60fps as promised, although there’s some stuttering when you rotate the camera while on the world map. It’s also a little jarring when the game switches to anime cutscenes that play at 30fps.

Cool! Can’t wait to play it on Switch.

Cool! But hold on. The Switch version is actually not the remastered one. It’s just a port of the PS3 version of Ni no Kuni, at 720p resolution and 30 frames per second. (It also includes all the DLC.)

Oh. Well, how does it run on Switch?

Kotaku editor Natalie Degraffinried has played for an hour and says she’s run into no problems so far.

What’s up with the sequel? Didn’t that also come out recently?

Yep! Ni no Kuni II came to PC and PS4 in 2018. I liked it a lot. It’s got better combat than the first game, although it’s wayyyy too easy. No word on a Switch version just yet.

Where could I go to read more about Ni no Kuni?

Why, I’m glad you asked.


Comments

    I love this game but never finished it on PS3. Can't wait to grab it on PC and play through the whole thing.

    The sequel is currently on sale on PSN as well. So I've pretty much keen to get this and play the sequel. I only played a little bit of 1, and then I bought a PS4 and got into that rabbit hole

      The sequel doesn't have anything to do with the first if you are really keen to play it.

        That's good to know. I saw that the remaster for 1 is $70, can't justify that spend when I got 2 for $25.

    Time to add it to my Switch wishlist, I guess.

    I'm interested, but not at full price.

      Agreed. Especially since I recently bought Ni No Kuni 2 on PC (the Emperor's Edition with season pass and all extras) witjin the past 2 weeks for about $14 AUD. Even with the sole day 0 game I've bought this year (Borderlands 3) I only paid $48 AUD. Cheap gaming is so easy to do, especially with so many AAA titles constantly on sale., my backlog is larger than I could possibly ever play before I die.

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    A game I purchased on original release (PS3), and finished back then. Good to know that they are releasing to other points at this time (about time they've done PC in general).

    I still haven't finished Tales of Vesperia yet, just got Collection of Mana, planning on getting DQXI soon because the demo was great and now this... too much RPG goodness and not enough time to play them all these days.

      Ain’t that the truth. I’ll be playing through all the RPGs on Switch until about 2030 at this point.

    It’s a amazing game. Absolutely smashed it when it came out in 2013. It’s a shame it didn’t get a Xbox one release as I’d love to see it run on my X. Definitely worth a purchase and I will grab it on PS4. No now I have to dust off my PS4..

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