One of the new titles that was revealed at February’s Nintendo direct, which I neglected at first was ONINAKI, a single player experience that deals with the concept of reincarnation.

Although the game was revealed almost three days ago, I however got introduced to this game from the Nintendo Direct. Which is funny to because after finally taking the time to look into ONINAKI, it’s a title that I feel is best suited for the Switch, but it’s also coming for the PS4 and Steam. The premise for this game is as follows:


Reincarnation is the foundation of our way of life. We celebrate the lives we’ve been given, and offer up prayers for the next.

It is grief of death which shackles the living, and causes the dead to stray. Indeed, there is no greater affront to reincarnation.

So do we turn our grief to joy as we send off the dead.

But the souls of those who held back their tears in life still need salvation in death. A duty that falls to the Watchers.

Their task is to guide the wandering souls known as the Lost, and serve as keepers of the Living World and the Beyond.

The Watchers sever the bonds that tie the Lost to this world, and send them on to the next. They navigate the emotions of the living and the dead. They prize life above all else.


Players assume the role of a Watcher named Kagachi, doing battle by “manifesting” the souls of Daemons, which act as the classes found in traditional roleplaying games. Each Daemon has its own unique weapons and skills, and players can shift between them in real time to gain the upper hand in battle.

Moving between the Living World and the realm of the dead known as the Beyond, Kagachi must save the souls of the Lost, as the story of life and reincarnation in this wondrous kingdom unfolds.


  • Action roleplaying battle system with real-time shifting between Daemons (classes)
  • A tale of life and reincarnation spanning the Living World and the Beyond


I like the idea behind this game and I think that being able to use the spirits that you’ve saved a means to fight the monster of this world will at least encourage explorations and doing the side missions that the game might offer to the players. It doesn’t have the greatest graphics out there, which was partially why I may have glanced over it but, as we will all know, the most important aspects to games are the gameplay and the story so I’ll be keeping my eye out for this game. I also gotta say that I really liked the music that they used in the trailer, it really captivates you and gives you a sense of what this game will be about.

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