It was recently announced that many Studio Ghibli movies would be making their way to Netflix in many countries worldwide. Naturally, US Ghibli fans felt rather disappointed upon learning that the US would not be receiving the popular anime movies on Netflix. So whether you’re celebrating this news, or are looking for something to fill the totoro-sized void inside, here are five fantastic video games that Ghibli fans will enjoy.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is an anime adventure RPG developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco.
The game’s animated sequences were produced by Studio Ghibli
The game is a remastered version of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The original game was initially released in Japan for PlayStation 3 in November 2011. It was then later released worldwide in early 2013.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered was released on September 20th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Windows and Nintendo Switch.
The game follows young Oliver who is on a quest to bring back his mother, who died shortly after saving him from drowning.
The remastered version contains the same captivating story, dynamic combat, quests, secrets and variety of creatures and places to explore. However, with the bonus of improved graphics and performance.
The charming anime RPG has received positive reviews, including a 9/10 rating on Steam and an 86% rating on Metacritic.
No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is an anime adventure RPG developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco. The game is a sequel to Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
In the game, the player follows young king Evan on a quest to found a new kingdom. Accompanied by some newly made friends, the king attempts to save his people from a terrible evil.
Ni no Kuni II features RPG elements and dozens of creatures to battle, or befriend. The game also has hundreds of locations for the players to explore. Additionally, the game contains plenty of quests to undertake.
Ni No Kuni II was released on March 23rd, 2018 for Windows and Playstation. Since its release, the game received positive reviews and currently holds a 9/10 rating on Steam.
Currently in development by Naps Team, Baldo is an upcoming action-adventure coming to Switch, amongst other platforms. The Zelda-inspired game has a cel-shaded art style, which is comparable to that of Studio Ghibli and Ni No Kuni.
There isn’t a lot of information available about Baldo. However, the following Nintendo announcement trailer, shows that in-game action is top-down, but that the game’s pseudo-realistic backgrounds are 3D.
From the trailer, it looks like players encounter a variety of characters and monsters. Additionally, it appears that dungeon-crawling, puzzle-solving and exploration all feature in the game.
Baldo will release on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
A release date for the game is still TBA.
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is an action adventure RPG game. The game was initially released in Japan for PS4 on the 30th November 2017. In early 2018, it was announced that the release of the game’s PC version would coincide with it’s PS4 release in the west.
Chamber of Time offers players the ability to uncover the various mysteries of Luna Nova Academy. The game features the lovable protagonist Akko, as well as a variety of her friends. Players can explore dungeons, cast spells and use various magic to discover the seven wonders, as well as to resolve the mysterious time-shift that has occurred.
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Undertale is a story-rich RPG by tobyfox with ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’ reviews. Described as ‘The RPG where you don’t have to destroy anyone’, Undertale is story-rich due to your character’s journey, and also due to player choices affecting the game. You play as a human child who has fallen underground into the realm of monsters and thus, tries to find their way home. You encounter both good monsters and bad along the way, which you can choose to spare or fight. There are a variety of puzzles to complete in order to progress, and a variety of interesting areas to explore.