Level-5 abandoned Ni no Kuni DS localization

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Famitsu traveled to Namco Bandai’s Las Vegas event last week to interview Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino, which is maybe a little weird. Buried in a long discussion about Ni no Kuni for PS3 is a question about the localization prospects of Ni no Kuni for DS, which, again, is a little weird coming from Famitsu.

The answer is not encouraging. Hino said that because of difficulty translating the bundled Magic Master book, and the difficulty of selling such a bundle outside of Japan, plans to localize the DS game were “abandoned.”


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Eh, that sucks. I am curious as to whether the DS and the PS3 game use the same text (I know the PS3 one continues off the end of the DS one). If it does, a translation shouldn't be difficult once the English version of the PS3 game comes out.
 

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I can't see something like this selling terribly well here anyway, so this seems like a smart financial move on their part. At least those resources can be better spent towards other projects now.
 

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hmm, what makes this version different from the ps3 one?

Mainly the fact that it's on the PS3 and not the DS.

Large graphical differences, different controls, etc.
I think he ment Story and Gameplay and Content wise. You know, the things that matter?
Also, I think I remember this from early last year or late 2010. It actually looked like a good game. Too bad its heavily text based and wont be translated.
 

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now this is what i call unworthy to give up for, once i start something i never give up anyways, unless it costs me more money then it gives me money, then again, i am not really the man that cares for money
 

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