Ni no Kuni II: Revenants Kingdom is an fantasy action role-playing video game developed and released by Level-5 Corporation and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe. The game is an sequel to Ni no Kuni II: Wrath of the White Witch; which was initially released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation Portable in Japan; and for Microsoft Windows as the Nintendo DS game titled Ni no Kunionic: Super Session. The game is also prequel to the award-winning Ni no Kuni video game; which was developed and published in Japan; Korea; China; and other Asian countries as Ni no Kuni Max. In essence; it is a follow-up to the very successful Ni no Kuni II video game; which earned top awards from both critics and players.
Ni no Kuni II
Ni no Kuni II follows the story of Morimoto; who once again finds himself in an adventure of self-clamation after being trapped in a dark forest. This time; he has been given a new chance at life thanks to a mysterious jewel known as the Star of Neotel. With the help of his friend; Alice; he sets out to find the tower where the jewel resides. On his way; he comes across several deadly monsters and his journey takes him to a place where he must fight and destroy powerful bosses to save Alice and the kingdom. As you play the game; you will find that gameplay and story are well-paced; and that the graphics and sound effects are top notch.
There are two different endings in Ni no Kuni II; one involving Alice and the other one featuring Kohaku. The difference between them is the route they take in their journeys. In Alice’s route; she pursues her enemies on foot; while Kohaku goes on a flying ride. It should be noted that only the sequel of Ni no Kuni II can unlock the secrets behind Alice’s past; which in the case of its sequel; will involve you traveling back in time and battling her old enemies. However; there are still plenty of side quests for players to complete.
As in the original version of Ni no Kuni II; the battle system is turn-based. When you start a battle; all your units will be in their starting positions. You can then choose which unit you would like to fight by choosing which skill they have. Skills include their speed; attack power; defense power; as well as the ability to heal quickly or receive a wide range of bonuses during battle. Once you have selected a unit to fight; you will then be able to move them around the battlefield using their skill keys. There are basically four different keys; and each of them serves a different purpose during battle.
The real challenge is finding the game’s multiple endings.
Unlike the first version of Ni no Kuni II; the sequel includes both story quests and side quests. Side quests are available for players who like to do more than just battle their enemies. These are quests that take players into the environment and show you the conflicts and politics happening within the towns and villages. The storyline of the game can be quite interesting and some of it even touches on controversial topics. For example; one of the side quests in the game lets players get an unbiased opinion on the effectiveness of war as a solution to certain issues.
For many fans of the fantasy genre; battles may prove to be their favorite part of the game. The turn-based battle system is a nice change of pace for some who would rather enjoy strategic planning and thought in their games. While it doesn’t offer as much diversity as the action-oriented gameplay of Dynasty Warriors or the puzzle-solving approach of Pokemon; it is still a fun game. Ni no Kuni II looks to be a hit for Nintendo Wii users looking for an engaging fantasy life simulation with stunning graphics and an engaging battle system.