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Namco Bandai conjures a Ni no Kuni 'Wizard's Edition' [update: America too]


If your European copy of Ni no Kuni is bigger and more expensive than normal ... a wizard did it. Namco Bandai has announced a "Wizard's Edition" of the Level-5 RPG that includes a copy of The Wizard's Companion, the in-game spellbook. It also comes with a plus doll of "Drippy," the lamp-nosed sidekick, and some DLC familiars for use in the game.

The Wizard's Edition will be out in EMEA and Australian regions concurrent with the game, on January 25. Now, with the book translated, there's nothing holding back a localization of Ni no Kuni for DS ... right?

Update: The Wizard's Edition is available in North America, exclusively from Namco's online shop for $99.99. [Thanks, Sepehr!]

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Limited Edition of Highly Anticipated Japanese RPG Available January 25, 2013 across EMEA and Australasia

CERGY-PONTOISE, FRANCE – 29 June 2012 – NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. today announced that it will be releasing a limited-run Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch ™ – Wizard$B!G(Js Edition alongside the standard version of the game on January 25, 2013 across EMEA and Australasia exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, an epic tale of a boy travelling between two worlds on a quest to save his mother, is developed by the critically acclaimed Japanese development studio, LEVEL-5. The game features animations produced and cut-scenes supervised by the legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, and music by the world-renowned Joe Hisaishi.

The Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – Wizard$B!G(Js Edition will include a 300+ page hardback physical copy of The Wizard$B!G(Js Companion, the spellbook Oliver uses throughout his journey in the game. The full-colour Wizard$B!G(Js Companion contains a bestiary of all the creatures found in the game along with in-depth item descriptions, spells and history of the other world. The limited-run Wizard$B!G(Js Edition will also contain a plush doll of Drippy, Oliver$B!G(Js guide through his adventures, as well as exclusive $B!H(Jgolden mite$B!I(J and $B!H(Jgolden drongo$B!I(J DLC familiars. Fans who pre-order Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch at participating retailers will also receive two exclusive familiars developed especially for the western release: flutterby and griffy.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into another world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way Oliver makes new friends and tames many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit the world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will be available January 25, 2013 across EMEA and Asia Pacific and will include both English and Japanese voiceovers as well as English, French, Spanish, Italian and German text.

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