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Overcoming Genre

In purely mechanical terms, Ni no Kuni 2 is basically a collection of minigames. You might expect this to spoil the overall experience, but something about Ni no Kuni 2 helps to make it more than just the sum of its parts. Tied together by a strong story, this collection of minigames becomes a masterpiece which overcomes the limitations of genre.

You play Ni no Kuni 2 as the deposed Prince of Ding Dong Dell - Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum. Founding a kingdom called Evermore, you start by ruling a ragtag band of brigands and pirates, but ultimately bring peace to the world by uniting the realms of Goldpaw, Hydropolis, Broadleaf, and your native Ding Dong Dell under a constitution called the Declaration of Interdependence. (You may want to look that one over again because you probably didn’t read it right). Assuming the role of a great king, you’re naturally expected to slay monsters, lead armies, and govern your capital. You go about this by completing a series of surprisingly diverse min…

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