In 2013—unless you were Japan, then it was 2011—JRPG fans got to enjoy a title developed by Level-5 and animated by Studio Ghibli: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Players fell in love with this magical journey, and a sequel was released in 2018 under the title Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom—which, once again, thrilled the fans. Now in 2021 you’d expect possibly a third entry in the series...but no, this time Nintendo Switch owners finally got to experience Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom for themselves, in the form of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PRINCE'S EDITION, which is the lengthy base game plus all the DLC.
As fans ourselves of Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, here at Honey’s Anime we decided to boot up our Switch and re-enter the world of Roland and Evan to see if this amazing title still is…well, amazing, several years later. Here's our look at Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Prince’s Edition for the Nintendo Switch!
Gorgeous Journey, Now Portable!
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was already a magnificent-looking game when it released in 2018—especially on PS4—but Level-5 wasted no expense on making sure the Nintendo Switch version looked just as immaculate. Even in portable mode, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom oozes with vibrant colors and whimsical designs that only Studio Ghibli could create. Not only does it look gorgeous but it runs smoothly, even when the action intensifies—and it can become chaotic in later fights—which makes this the perfect way to play this title in 2021. We did notice some minor graphical downgrades when in portable mode, such as fuzzier textures and character models, but it rarely ever ruined our experience.
To Arms, Young Warriors
Assuming you did miss out on the original, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a third-person action RPG where players assume the role of Roland and his party of warriors. Players will utilize Roland’s swordsmanship and marksmanship and need to lay waste to various enemies. Aside from smooth visuals, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom's combat is flawless, with snappy combos and dodging abilities. Regardless of the controller type you decide on, the game plays excellently and can be quite challenging—but in a fair way—as you progress further in.
Look at All That Content!
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PRINCE'S EDITION is the base game and three DLC packs that add a nice extra 10+ hours to the core game. It might cost a full $59.99, but with the amount of content you’re receiving, the price of admission is well worth it.
Worth the Return Trip? Yes...and No
Here’s the only issue with Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PRINCE'S EDITION. As we’ve made clear at this point, it is the same game released in 2018 in almost every shape and form. If you originally played the DLC and the main game, then returning to Roland’s journey to save this new kingdom might feel a bit unnecessary. In our honest opinion, this PRINCE'S EDITION was made specifically for those who missed out on the original and/or wanted a portable version of one of the best JRPGs in 2018. We enjoyed our time fighting against baddies and rebuilding kingdoms, but we did feel a sense of déjà vu, probably because it's only been a few years since we flew through this title once before.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PRINCE'S EDITION is one of the best JRPGs out there, especially catered to those who want a portable version of Ni no Kuni II and those who skipped it when it released in 2018. If you don’t fall into one of those categories, it can be quite hard to say spend $59.99 on this game. Still, if you loved Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom as much as we did and own a Switch, why not pick up Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PRINCE'S EDITION just to play when you’re away from home?
And by the way, it's also available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.