Ni No Kuni secures UK #1 for Namco Bandai

Quirky Ghibli/Level 5 collaboration rules retail despite supply issues

Ni No Kuni, a whimsical JRPG which combines the talents of Level 5 and Studio Ghibli, has secured the number one spot on the UK retail chart. despite problems with supply and downloading via the PlayStation Network store.

“We expected good sales as the pre orders were close to shipment,” said Namco's UK Lee Kirton. “In the end we have created a demand for this amazing game and have stock going out to channels this week.

“We have focused PR, marketing and the community has been brilliant. We have been solid with communication and reviews in the UK have been astonishing. We are very pleased, but ultimately it's down to an incredible game from Level 5 and some strong communication from me and my team.”

The PS3 exclusive sees off Black Ops 2, pushing it into third place, with EA's perennial FIFA in second. Agent 47's collected adventures in the Hitman HD Trilogy secure him fifth place, with his most recent outing, Absolution, climbing a place to ninth.

All chart data is collated by UKIE and GfK Chart-Track.

Last WeekThis WeekTitle
New Entry1Ni No Kuni
22FIFA 13
13Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2
34Far Cry 3
New Entry5Hitman: HD Trilogy
56Assassin's Creed III
67Need For Speed: Most Wanted
78Just Dance 4
109Hitman: Absolution
812Football Manager 2013
1313Halo 4
1914Forza Horizon
1515Skylanders Giants
1116LEGO Batman2: DC Super Heroes
1217LEGO Lord of the Rings
1418Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed
1619WWE '13
Re-Entry20Sleeping Dogs

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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London3 years ago
Niche, huh? :) Good to see something a bit different topping the charts for a change, even if it's likely to be short lived.
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Adam Clark Design Director, Green Box Games ltd3 years ago
Shocked! But happy
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Private Industry 3 years ago
Hope the sales will remain like that for a while and show that people still want traditional JRPG`s and that people still buy them and not only western and westernized RPG`s. I`m having a blast with the game, only wish it would have more voice overs as the voice actors are very good..
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers3 years ago
This shows the power of positive word of mouth. Bravo to Namco to engaging with the gaming community and making people aware of this great game.
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I agree - i was pleasantly surprised with the voice-overs. They had me actually laughing out loud and feeling sad at the right moments, didn't expect that at all.
It's like a video game version of movies like Toy Story, powerful and relateable to all ages.

And is it just me or does this game seem to be attempting to deal with some serious issues from loss of loved ones to mental illness and domestic violence? And it's done well which is the best bit.
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