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 1up.com’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.