GameStop is currently selling pre-owned copies of Xenoblade Chronicles for $39.99 – down from $69.99. Additionally, if you use the promo code CAG16, you can get the role-playing game for $33.59. A few months ago, used copies of the game were being sold for $89.99, so you might want to jump on this deal if you haven’t yet played the Wii epic. Check out our Xenoblade Chronicles review here.
Acclaimed development studio Monolith Soft reportedly worked on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS. I’m sure most of you are already aware of Monolith Soft who developed the incredible Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii. The team also previously helped out on Animal Crossing: New Leaf and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Monolith are currently working on X for Wii U and an untitled Nintendo 3DS game.
In a recent interview with Japanese publication CG World the development team at Monolith Soft revealed that the Kyoto team helped out with some of the graphics in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and more recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The interview sheds some light on the company’s new studio in Kyoto, which was created so that the team could work closer with Nintendo. It genuinely sounds a great place to work.
Nintendo of America showed off Monolith Soft’s brand new game for Wii U. The goal of Monolith Soft’s new game is to create a large-scale open world that can be explored seamlessly. During the game you can ride the human-shaped robots. The new game from Monolith Soft will launch in 2014.
The wife of Monolith Soft Director Tetsuya Takahashi, Kaori Tanaka, also known by her pen name, Soraya Saga, has retweeted a tweet sent out by Nintendo that reminds fans that this year’s pre-E3 Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, June 11th. Based on her retweet, people are assuming that Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, code-named “X,” will be featured on the pre-E3 broadcast. According to Nintendomination’s Tilmen, Saga retweeted Nintendo’s reminder of the January Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct, in which the first footage of “X” was revealed.
American retailers Best Buy and Walmart have both listed Xenoblade for Wii U. Could this mean that Xenoblade Chronicles is being remade for Nintendo’s first HD console? Perhaps not, as the game’s only released last year in North America. But it is, however, probably referring to Monolith Soft’s first Wii U game, which is code-named ‘X.’ Let’s hope this means that the studio’s upcoming Wii U role-playing game will be released sooner rather than later.
The development team behind the critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii U have taken part in an internal interview, during which they talk about their blossoming relationship with Nintendo. Monolith Soft Director, Yasuyuki Honne, says that the firm is on a recruitment drive to massively increase the amount of personnel at Monolith Soft. The Monolith Soft team also stated that the number of meetings between Nintendo and Monolith Soft has increased greatly. Both companies are now working together and Nintendo has been providing the company will valuable feedback and tweaks to help improve their games. Here’s a detailed summary.
- Mission is to massively increase the amount of personnel at Monolith Soft
- Looking for designers with skills in 3DCG, effects and motion
- Monolith Soft have realized just how important it is for a team to work closely together
- The number of meetings between Nintendo and Monolith Soft has increased greatly
- Nintendo have been actively consulting on their work and providing feedback
- Monolith Soft say they’re amazed by Nintendo’s ability to work and think together
- They believe it’s a major asset to producing quality products
- This has inspired Monolith Soft to do the same with their studio
- The team is making people feel included by asking programmers who aren’t often in talks with designers, for ideas
- Concerns some of the staff had about the idea of moving to Kyoto is now a thing of the past
- The devs are working closely the together, almost as a family, to make great games
We know that Nintendo subsidiary Monolith Soft is working on at least two new projects – one for Nintendo 3DS and one for the Wii U console. The debut trailer for its first HD game was showcased during last month’s Wii U-focused Nintendo Direct online presentation, although it was not given an official name. The picture above, which was posted on Monolith Soft’s Facebook page, is supposedly a piece of concept art for the developer’s upcoming Nintendo 3DS game.
Nintendo announced that Monolith Soft has a new RPG project in the works for Wii U. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata wouldn’t give a release date for the game, but I suspect we will hear plenty more about the game at E3. You can watch the HD trailer for the game, above.
Monolith Soft’s first Wii U project will be a challenging game that will bring people together, according to the developer, and consumers can expect it to be both very flashy and addicting.
The developer’s executive producer, Hirohide Sugira, says he and his team want to recuperate the Japanese gaming industry by showing what they can do with their first HD, Wii U game.
Michihiko Inaba of Monolith Soft says he wants the forthcoming game to show that Japan can keep up with developers in the U.S., in terms of technology. Inaba also says Monolith Soft’s goal is to become like Bethesda Softworks, the developer of the Fallout series.
Inaba: “I’d like to make an HD game that will wow the players. I want to show that Japan can still keep up with the USA when it comes next gen technology. Our goal is to become something like the developers of the Fallout series, Bethesda Softworks.”
Sugiura: “I believe that today’s Japanese gaming industry has lost its touch, and we’d like to do something to change that.”