It’s man vs. machine in a new game coming to Nintendo’s Wii™ console in spring. Xenoblade Chronicles™ asks players to use the Monado blade to take on a seemingly endless series of invading Mechon robots in a sweeping role-playing adventure.
The main character is Shulk, a weapons researcher who must confront the Mechon by wielding the ancient Monado blade. It’s the only weapon that has any effect against the Mechon, and it also enables Shulk to see the future.
Players can customize their characters with a variety of weapons and armor choices, as well as headgear, boots and gloves. As in many role-playing games, players can then gain experience and upgrade their characters. Players can watch their enemies, learn their tactics and unleash real-time counterattacks.
The vast open world of Xenoblade Chronicles is ripe for exploration. Players can avert their focus from the main story and venture out looking for other challenges and side quests. Hidden areas and unique monsters are scattered throughout the game’s massive world, which players can explore freely.
Xenoblade Chronicles has already launched in Japan and Europe, and has received unanimously positive reviews, including several perfect scores.
Xenoblade Chronicles will be available exclusively through U.S. GameStop retail locations, http://www.gamestop.com and http://www.nintendo.com at a suggested retail price of $49.99 in the United States. Additional information about the game will be announced in the future. For more information, visit http://xenobladechronicles.nintendo.com.
I have my copy preordered. I tried to get it from Nintendo's online store the day it was made available, but had to go GameStop instead, as just with their backwater eShop and Wii Shop, Nintendo's online store only takes Visa and Mastercard. Bleh. But, at least this way I'll have it in hand the day it releases.
This kind of sucks if true. Xenoblade is only available at GameStop through pre-order.
"Here's a bit of news I didn't realize, and I'm still not sure it's spot-on. We're hearing that Xenoblade Chronicles is only going to be available at GameStop for those that preorder. That means you won't actually be able to walk into a GameStop store, grab it off the shelf and purchase. We'll try and get the confirmation/denial on this soon. Thanks to Autosaver for the heads up."
I doubt it is "only" going to be available for those who preorder, how would that even work? Nintendo is going to have to make an initial production that logically is not going to be taken up 100% by preorders and they're going to want to sell those disks.