US gaming publication Game Informer has gone hands on with the long-awaited English version of Xenoblade Chronicles X and they have come away impressed. The publication says that the game improves the scope of just about everything and builds on its predecessor. The site spent 5 hours with Xenoblade Chronicles X and said that they barely scratched the surface as the world is so big. You can read their in-depth preview of Monolith Soft’s latest epic, here.
“When JRPGs were struggling to evolve last generation, Xenoblade Chronicles came along and showed the genre still had a few tricks up its sleeve. It earned plenty of praise as one of the best role-playing games of last generation, currently holding a 92 score on Metacritic. Monolith Soft proved it could create a compelling world and innovate in the genre, thanks to its creative design and MMO-style combat.”
“Its successor, Xenoblade Chronicles X, doesn’t just switch it up to an extensive sci-fi setting; it expands the scope of everything, building upon the solid foundation set by its predecessor. I recently spent five hours with the game, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. If you thought Xenoblade Chronicles was big, you will be surprised just how much Xenoblade Chronicles X dwarfs it – and that’s not even mentioning the extensive customization or Skells (mechs) that further enhance the experience.”
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Platinum Games Yusuke Hashimoto has confirmed to GameSpot that they have managed to get Star Fox Zero running at 60fps on both the GamePad and the Wii U console. The team over at Platinum Games and Nintendo decided to delay the game to give it additional polish and ultimately give it that Platinum feel.
“Those two screens, you can’t find that anywhere else. When we were doing Bayonetta 2, we just used that screen as a touch pad. With Star Fox, Miyamoto originally had the idea that he wanted to create a shooting game that used both of these screens, and then we said, okay, how can we combine this with Star Fox? Just having to use those two screens makes things interesting.
“We’ve got them both moving at 60 fps, which is big for a lot of people, I think,” he continued. “But I think that it’s kind of a milestone in gaming, in a way. It’s not something that we have done ourselves before at Platinum, and it’s just not even something that has been done in gaming before. So it’s a lot of new challenges.”
“We’ve been working with action games long enough. We understand how the players play an action game, how they respond to an action game, how they’ll move, what they’ll do in the situational stuff. What we’re making here now, it’s totally a new learning experience for us, which is kind of fun to find out.”
“We want to make it feel as great as possible. It’s easy to say [it was delayed] to increase its quality, or whatever, but that entails a lot, whether it be visuals, or controls.”
Disney Channel fans will be pleased to hear that Just Dance: Disney Party 2 is coming out soon. The second Disney-themed entry in the Just Dance series will launch on October 20 in the U.S. and October 22 in Europe for Wii and Wii U. The upcoming game will feature over 20 songs from several Disney Channel movies like Descendants and Teen Beach 2 as well as shows like Liv and Maddie, K.C. Undercover and Girl Meets World.
Nintendo Europe has tweeted that the Animal Crossing spin-off Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival for Wii U will launch on November 20th. If you’re interested in the amiibo centric title then you will be pleased to know that it comes with an Isabelle & Digby amiibo and also three amiibo cards. We also revealed last night that the game will be arriving in Japan on December 17th.
We still don’t know when it’s coming to the West, but Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival is set to launch in Japan on November 21. Alongside the release-date announcement, Nintendo has revealed four new amiibo that will be compatible with the upcoming Wii U game. Scheduled to debut in Japan on December 17, the new figures are for Animal Crossing characters Resetti, Blathers, Celeste and Kicks. Other confirmed amiibo include Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel and Lottie.
Medabots: Metabee and Medabots: Rokusho will be coming to the European Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, October 1. Similar to the Pokemon series of games, these two titles are alternate versions of the same game, with each offering version-exclusive Medabots and Medals. Medabots:Metabee and Medabots: Rokusho take players through a story as they build and pit teams of Medabots against enemy forces in turn-based battles. Both versions will retail for €6.99 / £6.29. You can watch the trailer for the Virtual Console release below.
You may have noticed that the Super Smash Bros update went live earlier this morning. It brings with it a host of new features including two new stages for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS with new Mii costumes. The previously announced Super Mario Maker stage is available as well as an updated version of the Pirate Ship stage which appeared in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Nintendo has also rather kindly added the Wii U Duck Hunt stage to the Nintendo 3DS for free. There’s also new Mii costumes. These include two sets from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, a Toad outfit, a business suit, the Viridi from Kid Icarus Uprising and Mii outfits for Fox and Captain Falcon.
Pricing for the new content:
- Super Mario Maker stage – US$2.49/C$3.19 for one version, $3.49/$4.39 for both
- Wind Waker stage: $1.99/$2.49 (Wii U only)
- Mii costumes: $0.75/$0.99 for one version, $1.15/$1.49 for both
- Full packages: All the Mii costume sets are $5.25/$6.93 for one, $8.05/$10.43 for both. The bundle of all new content is $7.74/$10.12 on 3DS, $9.73/$12.61 on Wii U and $13.53/$17,31 for both versions.
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