The Basics of RPGs

I'm playing Ni No Kuni when my daughter sits down beside me, enthralled by the visuals. "It looks like Ponyo," she says. "It's made by Ghibli," I tell her. That was all it took for her to be interested in her first RPG. » 4/03/14 8:55am 4/03/14 8:55am

The Year In JRPGs - 2013

From Ni no Kuni to Pokémon, we're talking all things JRPG on today's Very Special Edition of Random Encounters slash Burning Questions slash Kirk And Jason Talk About JRPGs For A While. » 12/13/13 3:01pm 12/13/13 3:01pm

The Latest Games Would Look Really Cool As Commodore 64 Titles

With all the top-notch game engines out there, and next-gen on the horizon, video games are impressive in both their technology and their art. But let's play around with c64yourself to squeeze recently released games into an old timey skin anyway. » 4/25/13 6:00pm 4/25/13 6:00pm

There's No Shame In Liking A Game For Your Own Reasons (No Matter How…

This weekend, I came upon a curious conversation: a stranger telling a friend of mine if they wanted to play Fire Emblem: Awakening for the "throwaway romantic skits," that they were doing it wrong. And all I could think was: those "throwaway" skits are the only reason I care about that game! » 2/18/13 9:00pm 2/18/13 9:00pm

Ni no Kuni's Jump Is Both Useless And Amazing

When playing video games, it's easy to get caught up in the notion of utility. Is this ability useful to me, does this skill make my character more powerful, will it improve the ratio of my numbers to my opponents' numbers, robot, robot, numbers, beep, boop, etc. » 2/01/13 7:30pm 2/01/13 7:30pm

Ni no Kuni Gets A Lovely New Trailer And Free DLC

Today, possibly to coincide with the release of my Ni no Kuni review, but probably not, the folks at publisher Namco Bandai made two announcements. » 2/01/13 4:00pm 2/01/13 4:00pm

Ni no Kuni: The Kotaku Review

It would be easy, while reviewing Ni no Kuni, to sit at my desk and fling adjectives on the page like a fantasy novelist. I'd call the game whimsical, charming, beautiful, fascinating, smart, pleasant, challenging, slow-paced, grand, surreal, and aggressively colorful. » 2/01/13 9:00am 2/01/13 9:00am

Ni No Kuni Gets Its Own Dubsteppy xx420_NoScope Video

Thanks to My Inner Fred for making this "Official Pro Wizard" video of Ni no Kuni. (It's somewhat spoilery, in that it shows some stuff from after the first act.) » 1/30/13 9:00pm 1/30/13 9:00pm

Gather Round For One Of Ni no Kuni's Lovely Fairy Tales

The splendid new role-playing game Ni no Kuni is, in many ways, a game about stories. It's a fairy tale of the purest sort, full of morals and messages, overflowing with heart. So it's fitting that within the game lies a book filled with richly-drawn fairy tales. » 1/30/13 5:30pm 1/30/13 5:30pm

The Endless Possibilities Of The Best World-Map Music

No doubt about it: we all love video game world-maps. That moment when you first set foot into a game's wide blue yonder and see just how far the horizon goes… it's magic. » 1/29/13 8:00pm 1/29/13 8:00pm

One Simple Ni no Kuni Tip To Help You Catch 'Em All

I'm a sucker for sidequests in Ni no Kuni. I blame the stamps. In the game, each time you do a sidequest, you get a number of "merit stamps" on your stamp-card, and if you fill out a card, you can trade it in for power-ups. The tougher the sidequest, the more stamps you get. » 1/29/13 4:30pm 1/29/13 4:30pm

Ni no Kuni Is Gorgeous, Reviewers Agree. But Not Everyone Is Head Over…

I heard this one thing this one time. I heard that Ni no Kuni is whimsical? Have you heard that? I dunno man, I just heard it randomly somewhere. » 1/29/13 2:00pm 1/29/13 2:00pm

Ni no Kuni Makers Respond To Wizard's Edition Fiasco, Debunk Conspiracy…

Fans were not pleased this week when they learned that their orders of Ni no Kuni Wizard's Edition were cancelled due to stock shortage. Some were puzzled as to why an eBay merchant, Play Canada, was able to get hundreds of copies of the game; many postulated that there was something sketchy going on. » 1/25/13 7:15pm 1/25/13 7:15pm