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Xenoblade Chronicles coming to US, Canada April 6 via Gamestop, Nintendo.
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December 02, 2011, 20:41:36
 
Nintendo of America is releasing Xenoblade Chronicles to North Americans exclusively at Gamestop and via Nintendo's online store.

Official website.

Nintendo of America said:
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.

Source.


Announcement trailer. Video courtesy of GameTrailers.

Canadian confirmation.

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Posted: 12/02/11, 20:41:36  - Edited by 
 on: 02/01/12, 22:39:20    
 
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Awesome, so it's official official? With preorders happening so soon, maybe I'll preorder it to claim a copy and then I'll worry about paying it off later. I don't have money for another $50 game right now but still, I've heard so much about this game, that I am happy I can play it without having to pay for importing and deal with modding.

I updated the listing at the Game Database with some new information and such (somewhat copied from wikipedia) but still, people, go update your database on this game! I made it so I wanted it! Cool thing is that I'll be able to easily make it "Now Playing" in a little while.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:44:01  - Edited by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:55:15
SWEEEEEET. I'll be checking back here, as I want to preorder it ASAP. I'm ot sure why but I got insanely interested in this game recently.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:45:46
@DrFinkelstein
I doubt that there will be a limited supply...Nintendo will print the number of copies they need based on the preorders. I think you should be able to safely preorder at any time.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:49:19
@anon_mastermind

Makes sense. To announce this so early (when in theory there's nothing to do to it localization-wise) then maybe that's all they're doing... waiting to see the pre-orders.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:56:18
DrFinkelstein said:
@anon_mastermind

Makes sense. To announce this so early (when in theory there's nothing to do to it localization-wise) then maybe that's all they're doing... waiting to see the pre-orders.
They will probably tweak a few things in the text and hopefully add american voice acting.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 20:57:42
@DrFinkelstein

Nintendo has released a PR. No solid date, just in the spring.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:07:03  - Edited by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:10:17
Awesome! I'll preorder it Sunday when I go to pick up Mario Kart then.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:28:57
I don't even think I care about this anymore. I might pick it up if I like what I see/read about it.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:32:09
@anon_mastermind
The VA is awesome as is! Watch your mouth, boy!

Also, they already lost a sale to me when I imported. It cost less too.
I do hope others pick it up though, because it's pretty dang good.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:35:24
The good news is that this will be available to more people.

The bad news is that by limiting the release as they have it seems much less likely I'll be able to find a new copy for cheap down the road. Gamestop barely ever discounts new games it seems because they don't want to compete with their used games.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:36:50
Jargon said:
The good news is that this will be available to more people.

The bad news is that by limiting the release as they have it seems much less likely I'll be able to find a new copy for cheap down the road. Gamestop barely ever discounts new games it seems because they don't want to compete with their used games.
That's probably exactly why Nintendo partnered with Gamestop.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:40:23
Why would that matter to Nintendo?


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:42:01
Not to devalue their software.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:42:44
Nice! Though they took their sweet time and left the fans hanging in the dark, but better late than never I suppose. This game will finally be mine!


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 21:57:19
Of course Nintendo is bringing this game to NA! What the hell else is there going to be on the Wii?!!


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 22:52:59
I'm confused by this. Is it being localized at all, or just being ported to work with Western (unhacked) Wiis? Either way, it seems like a weird decision to take what is by all accounts one of the absolute best games on your platform and give it a super limited release. Especially if they're spending money to localize it (although I suspect that they are not, hence not releasing it in mainstream retail.) And especially since there is probably going to be jack else for NOA to talk about for most of next year on the Wii.

And yeah, Gamestop, which means it will take a long, long time to be less than $49.99, if it ever gets there. At least there will be used NA versions of the game to buy up on eBay eventually or something. Or maybe nab up a used copy as part of a B2G1 free at Gamestop. But I have a feeling used copies will be uber rare.

I'd say everyone should preorder the hell out of this game so that Nintendo decides to release it for real, but at this point who even cares? So I guess overall this is good news, but NOA is handling this in a piss poor manner like usual. What a completely blown chance.


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:00:25  - Edited by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:01:03
I didn't see this coming. Woah. C=


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:05:47
Haven't read thread yet (I at work)

But is this a bumped thread from like 1995 confirming it for EU or is this 2011/2012 NA?

And I don't really care that much, Last Story I'd care about though.


So what took em so long?


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:10:34
@carlosrox

does it really take less time to post asking a question and then reading the response than just reading the thread?


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:11:48
carlosrox said:
And I don't really care that much, Last Story I'd care about though.

Really? Everything I've read has said Xenoblade is like one of the best JRPGs ever and the best of the generation while The Last Story is merely ok.

And yeah, it's coming to NA as a Gamestop exclusive. And, I think, something that can be ordered from Nintendo's online store?


Posted by 
 on: 12/02/11, 23:15:29
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