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.
||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
||Kinect Star Wars
||Luigi’s Mansion 2
||Max Payne 3
||Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
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.”
As I had previously assumed it looks as though Nintendo of America are looking to gauge interest in European sales of Xenoblade Chronicles before deciding to release the game in the United States. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told IGN that the company is looking closely to see how well Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower all do in Europe before committing to releasing them in the US.
“We will be watching very closely what happens in Europe,” Fils-Aime told me. “Certainly if there are business opportunities and positive consumer uptake from some of those titles, that will be great data for us to consider as we look at what to do with these titles.”
Nintendo has released its supplementary information and upcoming software launch schedule for 2011 and 2012. The list reconfirmed that Kid Icarus: Uprising won’t be released in Europe until early 2012. Also of note is the fact that Xenoblade Chronicles is still not listed with an American release.
Nintendo of America has written to a fan reiterating that it currently has no plans to bring Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower to the United States. Sadly there’s absolutely nothing new in the letter, but it’s nice to see that someone at Nintendo has personally taken the time out to write to a member of Operation Rainfall.
Nintendo UK has confirmed via a press release that Xenoblade Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii will be coming to Europe a month earlier than expected. Xenoblade Chronicles is now scheduled to be released on the 19th August. The game was originally meant to be released September 2nd. As I reported yesterday the reasoning behind the move is because Nintendo Europe wish to capitalize on the hype surrounding the title thanks to Operation Rainfall.
Source: Nintendo UK press release
Operation Rainfall are reporting that they have heard from an anonymous source within Nintendo America who has confirmed to them that Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to the United States. The source has also stated that The Last Story is currently being translated into English for an American release. Nintendo of America has yet to officially announce either titles for a North American release.
According to Portuguese site Pown Block the highly anticipated Xenoblade Chronicles is coming to Europe a month earlier than previously expected. The game was originally set to be released September 2nd, but apparently Nintendo Europe has decided to release it on August 19th. The reason behind the move is because Nintendo want to capitalize on the hype that has been surrounding the title over recent weeks due to the Operation Rainfall campaign.