Today, the Nintendo DS game from Professor Layton developer Level-5 and My Neighbor Totoro creator Studio Ghibli goes on sale in Japan. How's it going to do? Well, how do you think it's gonna do?
Level-5 is responsible for several of Japan's favorite new franchises (like Layton and the soccer role-playing game Inazuma Eleven), while Studio Ghibli is a Japanese institution. Little kids grow up on anime like Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke.
New title Ni no Kuni is a collaboration between both Level-5 and Studio Ghibli.
At a recent publicity event for the game, Level-5 revealed that over a half a million copies (600,000 to be exact) of Ni no Kuni have been pre-ordered on the DS. That's the biggest first shipment of any new Level-5 game, ever.
Besides a DS version, Ni no Kuni is expected to hit the PS3 next year.