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Level-5 Puts Ni no Kuni on Demo

Press conference attendees get to sample book-based gameplay in latest build of DS version.


How do you demo a game that makes you use a physical book in order to play?

You make everyone sit down, of course!

Pics from the demo session that followed today's Ni no Kuni press conference:

Alex, your andriasang.com live blogger, is among the seated, getting an early chance at Level-5's new RPG. (Actually, he's taking the pictures. After taking the pics, he sat down and played).

Level-5 also had materials for the PlayStation 3 version of the game on display around the press conference hall:

It looks like the PS3 version has a different color theme from the DS version. It also has a different subtitle. The PS3 version is known as "Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou." I'm not going to guess at the subtitle just yet, but it refers to a princess queen, presumably pictured in the logo's background.

The DS version is known as... no, not Ni no Kuni: The Another World. Level-5 made a sudden change to the game's name today. It's now Ni no Kuni: Shikkoku no Madoushi. This subtitle refers to a black mage -- again, presumably the dude in the background.

As detailed at today's press conference, and reported in our live blog, the DS version of the game is due for release on December 9, priced at ¥6,800. This is a bit high for a standard DS game (¥5,040), but in line with, for instance, a high profile Square Enix title.

The PS3 version is in development for 2011 release and will have some major differences from the DS version, outside of just the obvious visual upgrades.

The previously announced Ni no Kuni mobile side story series, Hotroit Stories, are still on the way as well.

Stay tuned for more on Ni no Kuni, including a more official report on today's press conference announcements, later tonight.

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