New to Netflix for January Is the Ni no Kuni Movie Once Exclusive to Japan

New to Netflix for January Is the Ni no Kuni Movie Once Exclusive to Japan

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Games discussed: , Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered, Ni no Kuni 2: The Tale of a Timeless Tome

Though a Ni no Kuni sequel is in development, the sparse details may leave fans wanting. If you're among them, take solace in the fact that the Ni no Kuni movie, once released only in Japan, is soon to arrive in western markets by way of Netflix.

The streaming giant shared news of their many upcoming projects and exclusives for January, and the Ni no Kuni movie was among the reveals. The Ni no Kuni movie will hit Netflix on January 16. According to VG24/7, it'll be an English dubbed version.

You can find a trailer on Netflix's site. The movie tells a new story but one that is inspired by the original too. Netflix describes the plot as focusing on two average teens who go on a magical quest to save their friends. Yup, sounds like an anime.

The movie is directed by Studio Ghibli alum Yoshiyuki Momose.

The Ni no Kuni series first debuted on Nintendo DS a decade ago. In the years since, it's come to various platforms including mobile, PS3, PS4, and PC, though not all games are available in the west. Its most recent release, Ni no Kuni: Revenant Kingdom, launched in 2018 to excellent reviews, garnering a "Mighty" 87 average from 131 critics on OpenCritic. The next game in the series is due out this year but will only be found on mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. It will focus on an in-universe virtual reality project on which the player character works. There will also be PVP combat in the mobile game's multiplayer mode.

Probably the game's most popular release, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, first launched in 2013 but recently came to Switch and got remastered for other platforms. It's largely a remake of the original, though with some changes like an extended ending and character revisions. It too earned "Mighty" scores and averages just a sliver less than Revenant Kingdom with its own 86 score from 55 reviewers.

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