That’s not a statement, that’s a demand. Namco Bandai has announced that they will be releasing a playable demo of Level-5’s upcoming Ni No Kuni on the Playstation Network this week. As is typical, American gamers will get a shot at it on Tuesday, while European gamers will have to wait until the following day. The demo will allow players to explore two different areas and will include two boss battles, which should be enough to give you an idea of the gameplay and whether it will appeal to you.

The game is a collaborative effort between Level-5 (Dark Cloud, White Knight Chronicles) and anime house Studio Ghibli (Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Spirited Away) and tells the tale of a young boy who is transported to a fantasy land following the death of his mother. It was quite popular on its original Japanese release over a year ago, and has been hailed by some critics as the last real hope for the JRPG genre.

A Playstation 3 exclusive, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is set to launch on the 22nd of January in North America and the usual three days later in Europe.

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