There is a huge market for "good" JRPG's in the US, but not a lot have come out recently. It looks like this game is exactly what fans of the genre are looking for. IGN gave it a 9.4 and GT gave it a 9.3, hopefully it lives up to hype.
Actually because of Project Rainfall, we did get 3 pretty awesome JRPGs on Wii. Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and coming soon Pandora's Tower. It was fan outcry and petitioning that got those games stateside, otherwise we would have never seen them here.
I think the combination of Project Rainfall, and the no doubt success of Ni No Kuni, is sending a clear message to Japanese game developers & publishers. We want/need GOOD JRPGs.
Skyrim and other WRPGs are awesome, but they fail to fill the void that JRPGs fill. In all honesty they should each have their own genre instead of just putting a J or W at the beginning. They really don't have much in common at all.
The Youtube channel ExtraCreditz goes into more depth on the subject, and I suggest all fans of RPGs W or J give the three parter a watch.
I agree with Jack here, I cannot get into those games Skyrim and Dragon age etc, they are RPG-esque yes but they don't even give me a taste of what those 3 Wii RPGS gave me not to mention even Watered down mainstream JRPGS (like FF13-2 and whatnot), we really need/want GOOD JRPGs and this is for all the consoles.
Ni no Kuni isn't just a kid's game. While Level 5 did say they wanted to make a game appropriate for a kid to play, reviews of the Japanese game have shown that it is more than complex enough for adult gamers.
final fantasy's biggest problem is that they have focused on awesome mind bending graphics, and gameplay rather than world building and level design leaving there games feeling short and empty. final fantasy has been getting progressively more and more linear ever since 7. I just wish they would dumb down the graphics a little in favor of large engrossing open world.
Ni No Kuni uses an over world structure with more detailed towns and dungeons which is a style that i haven't seen in a game in what seems like a long time. why did companies abandon this game structure?
i feel that xenoblade's problem was that it came out on a system that has been steadily loosing its hardcore base in favor of a more grandma friendly environment. It also dose not help that its release stateside coincided with the release of the Wii U why would i spend money on a new game for my old system when i could save the money and trade in the old system for credit towards the new one. basically it was killed by bad timing
I doubt this success will do much good, this had big names/big funding/and Sony marketing Smaller studios will start to make a few but they wont be able to match it leaving newer jrpg to get shot down for not being "not as good as" .... I would prefer it not happen this way but the best we can hope for is namco continuing to use this formula and making more This game is good enough to reach a larger core , an average or even just good jrpg could only reach a smaller base thus make less and not be as profitable sadly ... when you can make cod crapware and reuse the same engine year after year selling millions why try and spend money/time on a good jrpg :/
Xenoblade was a success. Its shipped over 800,000 copies worldwide. Over half of those were from the US alone. You can play Xenoblade on your Wii U also. http://www.vgchartz.com/game/42966/xenoblade-chronicles/
i hope this game is good i ordered this out of blind faith 3 day to try something fresh i hope this game is worth it! Ni no kuni wath of the white witch is a very odd name for a game but when it gets here i will play it.