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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (2011) is a role-play game and an expanded version of the DS game Ni no Kuni: Dominion of the Dark Djinn. In it, you play a young boy who travels between worlds and battles enemies in an attempt to save his mother. It stands out for its unusual, heartwarming story and the filmic quality provided by an orchestral score and Studio Ghibli animation.

You play Oliver, a young boy who lives with his mother in a small town in the USA. When she dies saving you from drowning, your tears bring your doll to life and uncover another world where an evil wizard rules. In the hope that saving a woman named Alicia in this other world will bring back your mother, you set out on a quest to defeat the wizard and his minions and restore peace.

Play involves exploring the world, solving environmental puzzles in dedicated chambers, and meeting characters to build a party of adventurers, as is the way of these styles of games. You accept quests, some of which are side-missions while others progress the main story. Combat uses a system where you can either use creatures you collect and train in turn-based, Pokémon- style battles or rush in with your companions and use weapons to fight. As you play, you find new weapons and can upgrade your characters and your creatures with new abilities to help you succeed.

The result is a game that takes classic role-playing staples- complex battles, lots of characters, and different upgrades and abilities- and pairs them with a poignant yet whimsical story and vibrant animation to make for an engaging and entertaining experience.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Role-Play game with Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 70 hours to complete. This depends on how long you take to progress and whether you pursue every side-quest.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Frequent Mild Violence, Occasional Mild Bad Language, and Simulated Gambling. All violence in the game is unrealistic with little physical reaction to the violence. Mainly there are just bright flashes on impact. The game also contains the phrase "who the hell". The game also allows the player to play blackjack.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, and Simulated Gambling. Players complete quests, search for hidden treasures, and engage in turn-based battles with fantasy creatures (e.g., robots, dragons, animal-like monsters). Characters can use swords, firearms, and magical attacks; enemies fall over and/or disappear in puffs of smoke. Character cards sometimes depict/reference alcohol and tobacco (e.g., text reading “…wine that ferments in their stomachs”; a creature smoking a pipe). During the course of the game, players can occasionally wager in-game currency on blackjack and slot machines. The words “damn” and “hell” appear in dialogue.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The combination of cartoon visuals, adventure story, battles and exploration are enjoyed by pre-teenage players.


Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch usually costs £39.99.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath Of The White Witch Remastered

Steam Store PC £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/11/2011, updated in 2022

Out Now: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Role-Play (Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: LEVE L5 IA (@LEVEL5_IA)

Game FranchiseThe Ni no Kuni Franchise

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is part of the Ni no Kuni franchise of games:

Ni no Kuni:
Wrath of the White

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