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.
An email going out to GameStop customers says that those of you that wish to trade-in Xenoblade Chronicles will get $45 trade-in value. The high trade-in value could be due to the fact that copies of Xenoblade Chronicles are now rather hard to come by. GameStop is also currently offering a 50% extra in-store credit for every game traded in.
Time Magazine has published its favourite games of the year, and there’s two exclusive Nintendo RPG’s featured on the list. The stunning Xenoblade Chronicles was awarded the second best game of 2012 by the publication. Mistwalker’s well-received The Last Story claimed the seventh position. Here’s the top ten as decided by Time Magazine staff.
- Guild Wars 2
- Xenoblade Chronicles
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Assassin’s Creed 3
- Papo & Yo
- The Last Story
- LittleBigPlanet Vita
- Halo 4
- Torchlight 2
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained that the company wanted to see just how well both Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story sold in Europe before committing resources to either game. Fils-Aime also said that there’s a lot of buzz related to Monolith Soft’s forthcoming Wii U game in Japan. He said that Nintendo of America would love to publish it dependant on the level of marketing support, how many copy’s it will sell, and whether it will be a profitable venture for Nintendo America.
“We know that they’re working on a game. I personally haven’t seen it, but I know there’s a lot of excitement in Japan and Kyoto about what they’re working on, so I look forward to seeing it. In the end, if it’s a game that we decide to publish from… what would be a second-party standpoint, certainly we’d love to bring it here to the US. The way we look at the opportunity is, given a level of marketing support, how much are we gonna sell and is it gonna be a profitable venture?”
Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft has taken to Twitter to tell fans that they should watch the Tokyo Game Show. We already know that Monolith Soft is working on a brand new project for Wii U, but we’ve yet to hear any new information. It sounds plausible that the development team will use the Tokyo Game Show to debut their new title.
A new report provided by analyst firm PiperJaffray states that Xenoblade Chronicles was the third best-selling game in the United States during April. EA and Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 was the number one selling game which was followed by Activision’s Prototype 2 and Nintendo published Xenoblade Chronicles.
This weeks pre-order charts courtesy of VGChartz show that Monolith Soft’s forthcoming JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles is the fifth most pre-ordered title in the United States. The critically acclaimed game has had a surge of pre-orders this week bumping it comfortably into the top five. Here’s the top ten pre-ordered video games in the United States.
|2||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier||X360||8||6,676||246,270|
|3||Kinect Star Wars||X360||1||4,620||234,252|
|6||Luigi’s Mansion 2||3DS||N/A||1,180||107,921|
|9||Max Payne 3||X360||7||2,898||101,257|
|10||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier||PS3||8||1,697||88,166|
GameSpot has awarded the fantastic Xenoblade Chronicles Wii game of 2011 beating the mighty Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Judging from the Youtube comments it seems a few people are shaking their heads over this decision. I can see why GameSpot had such a hard time deciding as they’re both fantastic games.
Nintendo Europe is currently running a competition in which you could win a copy of The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower when both games come to Europe next year. To be in for a chance of winning all you need to do is submit what you think is the best thing about Xenoblade Chronicles to Nintendo’s own Xenoblade Chronicles YouTube channel. The closing date for the competition is October 18th. Best of luck!
Operation Rainfall, the US group that are petitioning to get Xenoblade Chronicles, Pandora’s Tower and The Last Story released in America, have started Phase Two of their campaign.
Phase Two involves getting as many people as possible to download Final Fantasy (NES) on the Wii Virtual Console on August 19th (to coincide with the Xenoblade Chronicles European launch date) European Wii owners can also help by purchasing the amazing Xenoblade Chronicles on August 19th.
“. . .as part of Phase Two we want to encourage everyone to make a single Virtual Console purchase on your Wii system. We specifically ask that as many as possible download “Final Fantasy (NES)” on the date of August 19, 2011 (to coincide with the Xenoblade Chronicles’ European launch date). Final Fantasy costs 500 Nintendo points and is published by Nintendo.”