Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch narrowly won game of the month for the first month of 2013.

Winner: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a jRPG from Level-5 Studios that came to the Playstaion 3 in North America on January 22 and became an instant hit. The story follows 13-year-old Oliver as he seeks to find his sister in a parallel world after she drowned while saving him.

Throughout the game, the player, as Oliver, will befriend many alternate versions of people and animals from the “real world” as they battle using a magical book (a gift from Oliver’s dead sister).

The game was first announced in September of 2008 in the Japanese magazine Famitsu as a Nintendo DS game. In 2010, the game was also revealed for the PS3. Both versions of the game were developed completely from scratch, making for differences in artwork and graphics among other things.

You can read and/or watch our own Joshua Mobley’s review of Ni No Kuni, where he gave the Playstation 3 version a 9/10 right here on VGU.TV.

Runner Up: DmC: Devil May Cry

The Devil May Cry series reboot, DmC: Devil May Cry also released this month and earned the runner-up position. The game came to Ps3s and Xbox 360s on January 15 and PCs on January 25.

Announced in 2010 at Tokyo Game Show, this artistic reimagining of the series is set in an alternate reality as compared to the original games of the series. The redesign of Dante, the game’s main character, proved to be particularly controversial. In the end however, the game scored quite well, earning high marks from our own Nate Hohl.

Honorable Mention: The Cave

Not enough people have been talking about the new platformer, and our honorable mention for Game of the Month, The Cave, Double Fine Productions’ latest release. Perhaps it is due to its digital only release from Sega. The came out on Nintendo’s and Playstation’s digital distribution services on January 22, with the PC, Mac, and XBLA release coming just a day later. Ludwig Keitzmann gave the game a 4.5/5 for Joystiq, so the game is surely worth a look for those fans of Double Fine’s games or platformers in general.

Editor’s Note: “Game of the Month” is based on staff votes of games released in the North American region during said month.