Xenoblade Chronicles release confirmed for North America
Nintendo has just made it 100% official via its Facebook page and on Nintendo.com. Below you'll find the statement that was released, as well as the Xenoblade Chronicles fact sheet and 6 new Xenoblade Chronicles screenshots.
"It's confirmed! Next year, Wii players throughout North America can wield the Monado blade and join the epic battle between the Homs and the Mechons in Xenoblade Chronicles. Like this post if you're ready for an adventure on the surface of two frozen Titans!"
Xenoblade Chronicles Fact Sheet:
An epic clash between man and machine Available exclusively for the Wii™ system, the Xenoblade Chronicles™ game combines science fiction and fantasy into an unforgettable open-world adventure. Players will discover expansive environments and deep character customization options as they delve into an epic conflict between the Homs (humans) and Mechons (robots) and uncover the secret of the ancient Monado blade. With richly detailed role-playing elements, Xenoblade Chronicles offers an extraordinary experience for veteran gamers and genre newcomers alike.
- Xenoblade Chronicles invites players to explore a truly vast open-world universe. In addition to the game’s main quest, they can also take on side quests, seek out special items and uncover hidden areas.
- Players can customize their characters by choosing from a wide array of weapons, armor, equipment and accessories. Each item not only enhances characters’ abilities, but also affects the appearance of different characters in distinctive ways.
- A unique upgrade system lets players improve their characters’ performance throughout the game. They can earn upgrades during battle, trade with townspeople or collect and purchase items. Players can also use magical gems in enhance the abilities of their existing equipment.
- The game also incorporates a unique relationship-building system called Affinity. Different characters will have distinct Affinity levels in relation to one another, which can influence their interactions and affect their progress through the game.
- A sophisticated battle system in Xenoblade Chronicles includes special Chain Attacks – combo attacks involving all members of the questing party – as well as an Arts system that lets characters perform specialized actions and spells.
New Source: Nintendo.com.
You remember Operation Rainfall, right? That attempt made by thousands of fans to convince Nintendo to release the games Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower in North America this June.
Well, Nintendo pretty much slammed the door on hopeful gamers with statements like, "We never say 'never', but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring these three games to the Americas at this time."
But now, sightings throughout the Internet are causing gamers to believe that one of these games, at least, might make it to American shores after all.
Take, for example, this somewhat blurry, but still readable image of a GameStop product list (above), provided by NeoGaf forums user Square Triangle. See what’s at the bottom? Apparently, Xenoblade Chronicles will be a GameStop exclusive in North America, slated for an early April release.
Also adding fuel to rising suspicions is that Nintendo has recently added new artwork to Xenoblade’s official Facebook.
What do you think, gamers of America? Is this a sign that Skyward Sword won’t be the last great game to grace our Wiis? Comment (and speculate, for that is always so much fun) in the comments below.
For the latest Xenoblade Chronicles screenshots, head over to our image gallery.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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