Namco Bandai Games and Level-5 Entertainment announced today that Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the turn-based RPG designed in collaboration with renown Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli, has officially gone gold. This means it's time to whip out your party hats because the game will be landing on store shelves in just a few weeks.

Ni No Kuni is a throwback game to the golden era of JRPGs. The story is kept relatively simple and focuses on a young boy named Oliver as he's guided through his adventures with the help of a floating doll named Drippy. Those who pre-order the special Wizard's Edition of the game will receive a real-life Drippy doll, as well as a 300 page hardback physical copy of the Wizard's Spellbook.

The game itself is quite impressive, as it looks and feels like a legitimate cartoon in game-form. Studio Ghibli did a fantastic job helping out with the characters and animations, giving the game's characters and creatures a life all their own. The inclusion of old-school turn-based combat with new-school active arenas also helps bridge the old with the new. I know a lot of new-school casuals may not dig Ni No Kuni and its classical approach to RPG design, but old-school gamers will definitely appreciate the effort.

You can grab a free demo of Ni No Kuni right now, and look for the game to launch in early January exclusively for the PlayStation 3. This is a great title to round out the winding-down lifespan of the PS3 and hopefully we'll see more original titles from Namco Bandai for the next generation of console gaming. You can learn more by paying a visit to the Official Namco Bandai Website.

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