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There are two mobile games in the Ni no Kuni series, developed and published by Level-5. The mobile games were released in Japan, alongside main Ni no Kuni titles Dominion of the Dark Djinn and Wrath of the White Witch, and were developed and published in partnership with mobile distribution companies. The first game, Ni no Kuni: Hotroit Stories, is a role-playing game set before the events of the main games. It follows the story of Oliver and his friend Mark, and their attempts to construct a car. The first chapter was released in December 2010 through Level-5's Roid service. The second title, Ni no Kuni: Daibouken Monsters, is a social card role-playing game in which players collect cards and use them in battles, and use the abilities of characters who have been trapped in the cards. It was released in a partnership with the GREE mobile service in May 2012.

Ni no Kuni: Hotroit StoriesEdit

Ni no Kuni: Hotroit Stories
Developer(s)Level-5
Publisher(s)Level-5
SeriesNi no Kuni
Platform(s)Mobile phone
ReleaseDecember 9, 2010
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Ni no Kuni: Hotroit Stories[a] is an episodic role-playing video game developed and published by Level-5. The first chapter was released for mobile devices through the Roid service on December 9, 2010.[1]

A prequel to Dominion of the Dark Djinn and Wrath of the White Witch, Hotroit Stories follows Oliver and his friend Mark,[b] who create a custom car by finding parts around the town of Hotroit,[c][1][3][4] eventually making their way to an abandoned factory in their search.[5] They are accompanied by a cat.[6] Throughout their search, Oliver and Mark encounter creatures similar to the imajinn/familiars[d] of the main game, which they must fight to proceed. Unlike the main games, Hotroit Stories does not feature magic; characters instead attack using items such as dry ice for similar effects.[7] Anne Lee of Chic Pixel noted that the game features a similar art style to EarthBound (1994).[6]

The game was first teased at a press conference in June 2010,[8] as well as at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2010,[9] before its formal reveal at the Level-5 Vision conference in October 2010.[10] The first and only chapter, titled "Oliver and Mark", was released in December 2010.[1]

Ni no Kuni: Daibouken MonstersEdit

Ni no Kuni: Daibouken Monsters
 
Ni no Kuni: Daibouken Monsters logo
Developer(s)Level-5
Publisher(s)Level-5
SeriesNi no Kuni
Platform(s)Mobile phone
ReleaseMay 11, 2012
Genre(s)Collectible card game, role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Ni no Kuni: Daibouken Monsters[e] is a social card role-playing video game developed and published by Level-5. It was released for mobile devices through the GREE service on May 11, 2012.[11]

In the game, players travel to a different world and collect cards featuring creatures known as "Imajinn",[d] of which there are over 200.[12] An occupant of the other world is trapped in every card; by flipping the card, players can use the occupant's abilities during battles.[13] Rare cards are also available, granting players powers such as improved recovery and special attacks.[14] The game also features a cooperative multiplayer mode, in which two players defend against a boss encounter in a "Raid" battle;[11][15] there are over 40 bosses in the game.[12] All of the cards were redesigned in June 2012.[16]

The team at GREE initially contacted Level-5 to create individual games for the platform; this eventually developed into a comprehensive partnership between the two companies, resulting in Level-5 developing three titles for GREE.[17] Early registrations for the game began on March 21, 2012.[18] The game was available for iOS and Android devices, through a membership with the GREE service.[11] The game's servers were terminated on September 28, 2012.[19]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 二ノ国 ホットロイトストーリー in Japanese
  2. ^ In the English version of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the character of Mark is renamed Philip.
  3. ^ In the English version of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the town of Hotroit is renamed Motorville.[2]
  4. ^ a b In the English version of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Imajinn creatures are known as Familiars.
  5. ^ 二ノ国 大冒険モンスターズ in Japanese

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ Johnston, Ken (March 21, 2012). "GREE and LEVEL-5 Announce a Comprehensive Global Partnership" (Press release). Burlingame, California: GREE. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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