Those that love Japanese role-playing games will tell you a lot of great things about Level-5 and Bandai Namco’s Ni no Kuni. Originally released on the PlayStation 3, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch follows a young boy who enters a magical world filled with all kinds whimsical creatures and beings. The game made a big splash with everyone upon its initial release, with its gorgeous visuals and intricate gameplay being the most talked about aspects of it. Luckily for those who missed out on Ni no Kuni back then, you’ll have another chance to finally play through it on the Nintendo Switch. But is Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered as good as everyone remembers, and does it run well on Nintendo Switch? Luckily for everyone it does and is still as charming as we remember.
Ni no Kuni has the same visual style that you would find in a Studio Ghibli anime movie. Its characters are wide-eyed and colorful, but it’s story can have a full range of emotions it draws out of you. It can take on a fun and cheeky vibe with a lot of humor and silliness, and then in another moment get serious enough to be dark and brooding without being forceful about it. Not much is different about the game rereleased on Nintendo Switch, so you’re getting the same tale that was released on all platforms.
Without spoiling anything, a lot happens to the hero of the story, Oliver, that causes him to mature in many ways and experience an adventure full of magic and wonder. It’s a great story for role-playing fans that will keep you invested for a long time and has a lot of moments that are exciting.
On the Nintendo Switch, the game runs at a nice 30 fps and is displayed in 720p for both docked and portable modes. There’s no loss of quality going from docked to portable, which is great since the experience is the same no matter how you play it. The game’s dynamic combat system is a combination or real-time and turn-based battles that gives you the excitement of reacting to your enemies and taking time to strategize your tactics. Playing in portable mode on the Switch doesn’t affect any of this whatsoever, which is great for those who were worried that the game would suffer in some way when playing portably.
The world of the game is massive and has a lot of colorful areas and details that you can get lost in. The only issue that occasionally pops up is when you are zoomed out too far in the world map and can’t make out your exact position, or the exact distance between certain locations and objects.
This is easily remedied but moving the camera around, but there are some moments where that might not be enough and you’ll find yourself running into battles on accident. This might be an issue for some, but while in docked mode this isn’t a problem since the television screen is big enough to display smaller details in a much better way.
Outside of this however, you’ll find Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch to be just as enjoyable as you remember. If you never played it before, then this is the best way to do so now. The game is also available on PlayStation 4 and PC for those that don’t want to play on Switch. Those that like to bring their games with them will like the portability of the Nintendo Switch version, but you’re not getting much else that’s different here than on other platforms. So no matter where you decide to play, you’re going to get a colorful, interesting, and solid role-playing experience that still holds up today.
These impressions are based on a digital review code of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered for the Nintendo Switch, provided by Bandai Namco.