Originally released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2013, Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch was a sales success and critical darling. The game boasted animations from Studio Ghibli and an art style to mimic the award-winning animation studio. With such a success sitting on the shelf and the success of similar remastering of other games, Namco Bandai remastered Ni No Kuni for PlayStation 4 and PC and ported it for the Nintendo Switch.
Playing the port on the Nintendo Switch it was immediately clear that this is a match made in heaven. The art style and animations not only “hold up” on the Switch but looks as if the game was made for this console rather than being 6 years old. Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch really looks beautiful on the Nintendo Switch, even blown up on my 50” television through the dock.
The game’s setup and conceit work well on the Switch as the game can be played in bite-sized chunks relevant to the console’s mobility. The combat is action-based as you control either yourself or your familiar to attack enemies. This especially worked best using the Nintendo Switch Pro controller. The one caveat I’ll make with regards to the combat is that it feels a bit dated, especially in lieu of the combat found in Ni No Kuni 2. Even just a few battles into this original Ni No Kuni, I was already wishing I was playing the combat of Ni No Kuni 2.
Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Nintendo Switch Review Final Thoughts:
Overall, Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch is a fantastic offering on the Nintendo Switch. If you missed this game on the PlayStation 3 and enjoy role-playing games, this game is well-suited for you. Even in a land full of remasters and releases, it is a joy to have it added to the ranks of this generation.