Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Prince Edition Shines on Switch
We have been playing Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Prince Edition on the Nintendo Switch for almost a week now, and can say definitely that if you own both a Switch and a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, the mobility benefits of the Switch make this the version to purchase.
We won’t get into the ins and outs of Ni No Kuni 2 at this point. You can read all about that in our review from 2018, where we praised the game for what it accomplished, and how the various mechanics from fighting to exploring to city building all worked well together. Take this entire experience and plop it on the Nintendo Switch? Sign me up.
See, I’ve said that in most situations, I’d rather own a title on the Nintendo Switch over other consoles, even if I have to take a few compromises along the way. And with Ni No Kuni, that is definitely true. This is not as pretty as the PlayStation version, and it also doesn’t run as well. There are some frame rate issues from time-to-time (although nothing too noticeable or frequent), and the field of view is definitely not as far as its PlayStation counterpart. But these are minor annoyances for me, as opposed to major problems. The cartoon nature of the graphics means moving from the PlayStation to the Switch isn’t actually as big of a deal. We said similar things when we reviewed Dragon Quest 11S on the Switch.
Everything else that Ni No Kuni does so right is still present. The game play is phenomenal, with tight controls and a story that never overstays its welcome for too long. In handheld, the text can be a bit small and hard to read, but this was a complaint of ours on the PlayStation as well, so really nothing is lost here. If you are playing in docked mode all the time, sure…grab that PlayStation version. But that isn’t how I play.
And with Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Prince Edition on Nintendo Switch, I can take my game anywhere I want. So the frame rate hiccups and pop-in of objects and items are OK trade offs for being able to play anywhere. While that’s not a trade of some are willing to give, I think a lot of folks will.
If you’ve played Ni No Kuni 2 before, but none of the DLC, the Prince Edition on Nintendo Switch might be the perfect opportunity to experience the core game and all the DLC as well! According to Bandai Namco, the Prince Edition will include,
The Prince’s Equipment Package, Proper TidyRing, Proper Tidy Pendant, Hero’s Delight, Dragon’s Tooth, Cat King’s Claw, Special Swords Set, and all previous DLC – The Adventure Pack, The Lair of the Lost Lord, and The Tale of a Timeless Tome
That’s a ton of content all packed into one game, and best yet – it’s all on the cartridge so no need to download huge updates just to start playing!
From our perspective, having Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Prince Edition on the go is one of the best selling features of this package, followed up by the inclusion of a ton of DLC. For anyone who owns a Nintendo Switch, this is the way to play Ni No Kuni this fall.