SAN JOSE, Calif., (January 22, 2013) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch™ has shipped to retailers in North America and Latin America, exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. This epic tale of a boy named Oliver crossing two realities on a quest to save his mother combines the talents of three of Japan’s most respected entertainment entities, LEVEL-5, Studio Ghibli, and Joe Hisaishi, to create what will be one of 2013’s most enchanting and unique video gaming experiences.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is developed by LEVEL-5, the studio behind the smash hits Dragon Quest VIII, Dragon Quest IX, and the Professor Layton series. LEVEL-5 collaborated with the legendary Studio Ghibli to create the cinematic cut-scenes in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Studio Ghibli is world renowned for creating memorable anime masterpieces including My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. The in-game music was composed by Joe Hisaishi, famed composer of musical scores for over 100 films including many of Studio Ghibli’s greatest productions, and was performed by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is the culmination of work from three of the most prolific and talented parties in Japanese entertainment today. Level-5, Studio Ghibli, and Joe Hisaishi have all contributed their key talents to create a truly enthralling and fantastic game,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.  “The visual magic, storytelling prowess, and memorable score in Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will surely capture the hearts of PlayStation 3 gamers and leave them with lasting gameplay memories for years to come.”

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a heart-warming tale of a young boy named Oliver who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, Oliver makes new friends and adopts many of the wonderful creatures that inhabit this new world, raising them to battle other creatures on his behalf as he takes on formidable enemies. Little does Oliver know but he was predestined to save this parallel world from the grasps of an evil power that will stop at nothing to thwart his quest to save his mother.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available now; exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system in North America and Latin America with both English and Japanese voiceovers included. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is available for purchase at video game retailers nationwide for a MSRP of $59.99 for the packaged version or $54.99 for the digital version available via download on the PlayStation Network.  Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch carries an ESRB rating of ”E10+” for Everyone 10+. For more information about Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, please visit: http://www.namcobandaigames.comhttp://facebook.com/namco and http://www.ninokunigame.com.

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About LEVEL-5

LEVEL-5 Inc. plans, creates, and markets videogame software in Japan. The company’s flagship Professor Layton series has shipped over 12 million units worldwide, while the mega-hit INAZUMA ELEVEN series has shipped over 3.65 million units worldwide. In 2010, the company began a collaboration with the academy award winning Studio Ghibli (to create the animated movies) and composer/director Joe Hisaishi (to supervise the music) that resulted in the development and release of Ni no Kuni for the Nintendo DS™ system. This collaboration is currently continuing to work together on the PlayStation®3 system version of Ni no Kuni, which has had a multitude of new elements added to make it a brand new title in its own right. In September 2010, LEVEL-5 Inc. opened an office in Santa Monica, California. While maintaining its base as a game company, LEVEL-5 Inc. continues to actively explore collaborations with other media, as it strives to become a world-class entertainment brand. More information on LEVEL-5 Inc. can be found at http://www.level5ia.com and http://www.level5.co.jp/.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.

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