Akihiro Hino on Ni no Kuni localization

Ni no Kuni 2? If overseas version sells well.

April 17, 2012 / 03:17 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Famitsu.com spoke with Level-5 boss Akihiro Hino during Namco Bandai’s Global Gamers Day event last week. During the interview, Hino talks about the game’s overseas delay, the reason why the DS version was not localized, and a potential sequel.

Overseas Delay

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is due in Q1 2013. The team is trying to create as accurate a translation as possible, thus the large gap between its Japanese November 2011 release. The game has over a million words to translate.

Voiceovers

While the Japanese voiceovers are always an option, the English voiceovers will adapt similar styles. Drippy, for example, has an Osaka accent in the Japanese voiceover. However, in the English voiceover, he adopts a Welsh accent.

Localization Director

A Level-5 localization director is heading up Ni no Kuni‘s English translation. He has plenty of experience in localization, though this is his first title for Level-5.

Nintendo DS Version

The Nintendo DS version of Ni no Kuni was not localized due to the difficulties that would arise trying to sell the game with the necessary “Magic Master” spell book. The book itself would have also been difficult to translate. The PlayStation 3 version of the game includes a digital version of the book.

Sequels

If the overseas version of Ni no Kuni performs well, Level-5 would like to create more entries in what would then become the Ni no Kuni series. Hino seems keen on the game’s success, noting past Level-5 games’ tendency to sell better overseas. Dark Cloud sold 120,000 in Japan, but went on to sell over a million worldwide. Dark Cloud 2 and the Professor Layton series have shown similar results. Ni no Kuni also has the backing of Studio Ghibli, which is a widely admired animation studio in the west.

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  • FAUNA

    I simply can’t wait! I REALLY WISH IT CAME WITH A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE ‘SPELL BOOK’… Special Edition?

  • Locksus

    Studio Gibli <3 me gusta.

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    i miss Dark Cloud 1 & 2

    • xMCXx

      @mdemolish:
      They should bring them to the PSN Store. I can’t find Dark Cloud 2 anywhere!

  • hush404

    I wonder exactly how it’ll sell. :S The article mentions decent sales for previous L5 titles, but I still have a nagging feeling :( I will be picking it up of course, but I know the CoD kids won’t be :P

  • FaithlessMr

    I’ll be doing my part, Hino-san. I’ll be doing…my part. You just focus on that sequel :p