Studio Ghibli is making a DS game

Many are familiar with Studio Ghibli Academy Award-winning Spirted Away, and other inspiring works such as Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Howls Moving Castle, and so forth. The studio has now begun work on a game for the DS and PS3.

Ninokuni stars a child character named Oliver, illustrated in the dreamy, quasi-historical style of Ghibli animation films.
The game comes with a 352-page book of magic spells that players use to help Oliver cast against enemies on a mission to bring his dead mother back to life.

Ninokuni” will debut on the Nintendo DS in Japan in December, and on the PS3 in the following year. The studio is working on the project with Level-5, the creators of Professor Layton. The project is predicted to have great success in Japan, however it will need a strong distributor if they wish to have success in the US. According to’s Ryan Winterhalter, sales of Japanese titles have slumped in recent years in America in favor of American rivals like EA.

The game including the magic spell book will sell for $75 in Japan.

via The New York Times


  1. Nerd Game Of The Year.

  2. This game was announced in Sept. 2008 and many videos/screens and even a playable demo have been released since. The only relatively new revelation as far as this game is concerned is that it will be coming to PS3 will very impressive graphics in addition to the DS.

    The game’s pretty well finished and launching this winter in Japan.

    Goodness, old news is OLD.

  3. @MrMiyamoto
    Yeah, Will pointed that out to me earlier that this is old. Like, dinosaur-old in internet years. I never heard about it, and New York Times kinda threw me off. I was going to delete this article all together, but I decided there were probably people like me that never heard about it.

    My bad, you guys. Won’t happen again, I swear.

  4. I never heard of it Jake.

  5. I’ve looking forward to this game ever since it was announced. The special edition with the spellbook is interesting, but chances of that being released over here are pretty much zero.

  6. 🙂 i like their movies

  7. Maybe Disney will distribute in the US? They put out Studio Ghibli movies here and get A-list actors for the voice re-dubs.

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