Ni no Kuni topples Call of Duty from number one

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It's not often that the video games sales chart throws out a genuine surprise, but that's what happened this week as long awaited Japanese role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Release Date: 04/02/2013

It's not often that the video games sales chart throws out a genuine surprise, but that's what happened this week as long awaited Japanese role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch knocked blockbuster juggernaut Call of Duty: Black Ops II off the top spot. It's a stunning result for an RPG, especially considering it's a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The game proved so popular it even sold out completely in some areas.

"We are thrilled at the weekend sales of Ni no Kuni in the UK," said Lee Kirton from UK publisher Namco. "We have more stock going into the channel this week so check with local stores to receive your copy. We hope the word of mouth and demand for the title continues as it does prove that JRPGs are special and we invest a lot of time and effort within this genre."

Ni no Kuni is a collaboration between developer Level 5, best known for Professor Layton and Dragon Quest VIII, and Studio Ghibli, the Oscar-winning animation studio behind such wonderful films as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. It follows a young boy who journeys to a fantastical world after the death of his mother and has been unanimously praised by the specialist gaming press.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is out now for PlayStation 3.

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